St Augustine’s Centre

Halifax Stories 2018 Comes to the Piece Hall

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Halifax Stories is part of Stronger Communities project funded by CFFC and the Ghandi Statue Memorial Trust currently underway in Calderdale. The project focuses on building stronger and more connected communities through helping participants to develop self-belief, well-being, and practical skills & knowledge around influencing the world around them. The project also importantly focuses on building understanding between people from different backgrounds through the facilitation of community conversations and story-telling.

Stella Barnes, an associate artist with Counterpoints Arts will offer a series of creative workshops enabling participants to explore the rich stories within their own lives. Through a story telling process, Stella will work with participants to enable them to develop new narratives and perspectives on their lives in Calderdale. The work produced by participants will be exhibited in the Piece Hall between June and August 2018. Alongside Stella, a photographer will take the portraits of willing participants, which will also be exhibited

Anyone can come. But to organise lunch and refreshments the organisers need to know numbers so please text or call Roisin on 07771 655617, or email roisincavanagh@all1collective.org.uk. You will need to book on by Thursday 1 February, giving your name and when you will be coming.

These workshops will take place in the Learning Studio on the south wall of the Piece Hall over 5 days. The workshops will run from 11am-2.30pm with lunch included. It is hoped that many participants will participate in all 5 workshops, but that some people might only be able to do to a few. It is asked that participants try and participate in as many workshops as possible as this will guarantee that you have a finished piece of work to exhibit in the Piece Hall on Thursday 8 February, Friday 9 February, Monday 12 February, Tuesday 13 February, Wednesday 14 February.  There will be a special workshop in the evening, designed for young people, parents who would like to drop in with their children, or for people who work in the daytime. This will take place from 6pm-8:30pm on Thursday 8 February.

More about Stella Barnes: Stella Barnes is an experienced artist who has worked extensively with communities. In 2017 she was the artist-in residence with idle women living and delivering workshops on a narrow boat and in the community in Mirfield and Dewsbury. Before this Stella has worked for many years on a range of different community projects and previously worked as Director of Participation in Ovalhouse, a theatre based in South London where she developed ‘We are London,’ a theatre project for young migrants and other young people and set up the Paper Project, a collective of young migrant artists.

Refugee Crisis FREE training – let’s get things clear!

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Do you want to get to grips with the refugee crisis and the impact it’s having in Calderdale? Do you know the difference between an asylum seeker and refugee, what rights they have, and what barriers they face?

Find out on Monday 10 October – 1pm to 3pm
At St. Augustine’s Centre, Hanson Lane, Halifax, HX1 5PG

This free session will give an overview of events, explain terminology, look at case studies, and more importantly explain what is happening on our doorstep and explore how you and your organisation can get involved.

Call 01422 345174 or email sectorsupport@nbforum.org.uk to book a place.

Volunteer Recruitment Fair at St Augustine’s Centre

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In need of volunteers? Consider booking a stall at an upcoming volunteer recruitment fair where the target audience is clients of St Augustine’s.

Monday 6 June 2016 – 10am to 1pm
At St Augustines Centre, Hanson Lane, Halifax, HX1 5PG

If you feel you have suitable volunteer opportunities for individuals or groups of people from a variety of backgrounds, you are welcome to book a stall at this event.

To book, please email steveb@nbforum.org.uk confirming the name of your organisation; what opportunities you are seeking to fill and how many staff will be attending. Light refreshments will be provided.

A Musical Odyssey – Asylum seekers & refugee fundraiser

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Refugee Fundraiser HebdenCalder Valley Supports Refugees presents The Fundraiser – a Musical Odyssey, packed with live entertainment and in aid of St Augustines Centre who work to support refugees and asylum seekers.

Wednesday 25 November – From 7.30pm
At The Trades Club, Holme St, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EE

Tickets cost £5 and can be booked online at thetradesclub.com or for further information email Clare@outtaplace.org or call 07946 052782

 

5 ways to support refugees

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Five WaysSt Augustine’s in Halifax is a small local organisation that works hard to support asylum seekers and refugees in Calderdale.

Here’s 5 ways you can get involved:

  • Volunteer your time
  • Donate to the #helpinghalifax campaign
  • Campaign by contacting your MP or signing a petition
  • Support organisations who are involved in Calais, the Mediterranean and Syria
  • Pray for the team, their Centre Users and their work

St Augustine’s Centre currently has an ambitious fundraising appeal to raise £10,000 by Christmas. Donate at www.give.net/20171078.

If you would like to volunteer at the Centre, contact them on info@staugustinescentrehalifax.org.uk

To find out how the Council is responding to the Syrian refugee crisis, and what you can do to help, click here…