Noah’s Ark is riding high after 10 years of caring

10 year anniversary of the Noah's Ark Centre, Ovenden.'Front, from the left, councelling manager Sam Crook, trustee Peter Naylor, co-founder Beverley Corbett, bishop of Wakefield Tony Robinson, founder Jean Hoggard and Martin Parrot.
10 year anniversary of the Noah's Ark Centre, Ovenden.'Front, from the left, councelling manager Sam Crook, trustee Peter Naylor, co-founder Beverley Corbett, bishop of Wakefield Tony Robinson, founder Jean Hoggard and Martin Parrot.

HALIFAX’s Noah’s Ark Centre celebrated 10 years of counselling with a blessing from Bishop Tony Robinson. At a party, he gave a speech congratulating the organisation and praising its work

The centre provides debt advice and counselling and also runs a charity shop, community centre and cafe.

The Rt Rev Robinson, Bishop for Pontefract, blessed the building for the next10 years.

He said: “Noah’s Ark is providing a much-needed service in the community and there are many, many people who use the service and many, many people who have volunteered there and given their time and effort to the service.

“It is a very special place.”

The volunteer-run centre was set up by Jean Hoggard, who helped run the charity until leaving a year ago, and is based in a former pub – which lends its name to the charity – in Wheatley Lane, Ovenden.

She said: “The people running the charity now are such a really terrific group of counsellors. I know I have left it in good hands and they will take the project from strength to strength.

“It’s such a wonderful project and it has brought a lot of help to a lot of people.”

Centre administrator Lesley Whitaker said: “We invited people who had donated to the centre in the past and around 50 people came and shared in the celebrations.

“The blessing is for what is going on in the charity.

“We work really hard to raise money and awareness about the work we do and to have survived 10 years is amazing, especially in the current climate.”

The centre provides help for those needing guidance and gives the skills and confidence to deal with any problems – from relationship difficulties and trauma to loneliness and low self esteem.

They also offer a debt counselling service, which helps people to budget their money accordingly, and help to counsel younger people experiencing problems such as grief.