Everyone’s a Winner! Celebrating Success
At St Wilfrid’s Centre we run a wide range of classes and activity sessions to support clients in developing their interests and skills. Over the last 12 months our clients have done some brilliant work in areas as diverse as pottery, painting, poetry, photography and woodwork, and we wanted to make sure that their commitment and efforts were recognised.
On 20 March, we invited over 30 clients to attend an ‘Afternoon of Celebration’ with their friends and families. Councillor Tony Downing, the Deputy Lord Mayor, presented each client with a certificate at the event and clients’ work was on display around the Centre.
Dominic Maloney is the member of staff who leads on the Personal Development Programme. He commented, “This is a really important day for our clients, being able to reflect on what they have done over the year and show their families and friends their achievements. It really helps develop a sense of self-worth and independence.”
One of the clients receiving a certificate was Laura, who attends the computer skills and sewing classes at the Centre, and she has really noticed the impact of the classes on her social life and general sense of wellbeing. “I love coming here and meeting friends, everyone is lovely and it is like a big family.”
Clients who attend activities at the Centre don’t just learn practical skills. Katie Deedes, a volunteer who runs the Centre’s pottery classes, makes the point that, “During our sessions, clients get the chance to develop a range of other skills such as observation, planning and problem solving, and this is all done in a calm, therapeutic environment.”
The ‘Afternoon of Celebration’ was a really memorable event, enjoyed by all those who attended. We will leave the last word with Councillor Downing, “You should all be really proud of yourselves.”
And thank you for your generosity!
A massive thank you to everyone who has supported and sponsored friends and family who took part in our 2019 Sleep Out and participated in the Sheffield Half Marathon. Both events were a great success and raised £7,000 and £2,700 respectively for the Centre’s work.