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The Hallam News thanks Josie Brooks for all her work at St Wilfrid’s over the last two years.  We welcome Wayne Hoyle as the new Director and share his message with you.

Josie Brooks and Wayne Hoyle

“I feel extremely privileged to have taken over from Josie Brooks as the Director at St Wilfrid’s.  I’ve been here for over a month now and it’s clear that she has worked very closely with staff, volunteers and clients to help prepare the centre for its next exciting phase of development.

  “My journey, over the last 20 years or so, has included delivering education, in segregation, to high risk offenders in a category ‘A’ prison, managing early help and youth services within local authorities and leading on gangs and serious youth violence for Sheffield City Council.  More recently, I have worked with a number of national charities to help them raise funding and develop support services in relation to homelessness, refugees, child sexual exploitation, mental health and criminal justice.

  “Locally, the community and voluntary sector is facing an acute challenge as it becomes increasingly difficult to secure investment whilst working in an environment of growing inequality; people are presenting with increasingly complex problems, budget deficits and a lack of financial security.  As demand for services is rising, the challenge is to enable us to continue what we do best – providing a place of refuge whilst helping people to build their confidence and skills.

  “I believe that with a progressive and dynamic vision in place, St Wilfrid’s is exceptionally well placed to take on this challenge.  The sheer dedication of everybody associated with the centre is unparalleled and this includes the readers of Hallam News.  I’m looking forward to harnessing this energy as we approach our 30th anniversary.  Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.”  (wayne@stwilfridscentre.org)