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Charity brings light to Calderdale community

St Augustine's Centre, Hanson Lane, Halifax

St Augustine's Centre, Hanson Lane, Halifax

A Todmorden woman is helping the Calderdale community after she was hired to head a charity centre that provides support and help to people who need it.

Vicky Ledwidge, a former employee with Boaz Trust - an organisation that works with asylum seekers and refugees, has been hired as project leader for the Halifax-based St Augustine’s Centre.

The St Augustine’s Centre, off Hanson Lane, was established over 40 years ago and is run by over 100 volunteers and around 12 members of staff.

It benefits the whole of Calderdale but particularly the Park Ward and the wider area for people of all ages.

Providing services that help the Calderdale community, the centre is said to give a warm welcome to anyone.

The centre helps build a loving community, provides educational sessions, prevents and relieves proverty and promotion of good health whilst offering a safe sanctuary.

Philip Hellawell, trustee at St Augustine’s Centre, said: “The centre exists to help people that have no where else to turn.

“Whatever it is that people need we will try and help them.”

When Archbishop John Sentamu of York visited the centre, he said: “If we could replicated this in every community, the country would be a different nation.”

For more information on the St Augustine’s Centre, visit www.staugustinescentrehalifax.org.uk.

 

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