A charity run by volunteers in Halifax that provides the community with a safe place to go has been chosen as the nominated charity for the Hebden Royd Mayoral.
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.
Providing services that help the Calderdale community, the centre is said to provide 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.
It also provides education, care and helps towards the development of children, particularly those below 11 years old.
There is services to help a wide range of different people, including refugees.
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.”
St Augustine’s recently opened the Welcome Cafe, as a safe space for people to go and have some food and talk to people.
The cafe provides food twice a week for more than 30 people.
When Archbishop John Sentamu of York visited St Augustine’s Centre, he said: “If we could replicated this in every community, the country would be a different nation.”
For more information on the centre, visit www.staugustinescentrehalifax.org.uk.