New Director ~ Josie Brooks
Welcome to Josie Brooks, the new Director of St Wilfrid’s Centre. Josie took the reins in July and looks forward to getting to know everyone involved with the Centre.
Josie said, “I’m excited to join St Wilfrid’s Centre. I’ve spent the last five years working for the national charity for homelessness, Crisis. Two of these years were spent working in a day centre in Oxford, which was formerly a fire station. The past three years I helped set up and run an outreach programme for Crisis across South Yorkshire. I have taught literacy in London prisons and been Head of Education at an open prison, and will use all my skills and experiences to lead St Wilfrid’s.
“I have a huge passion for adult learning and development and know that personal change and progression comes from small steps – often via fun engagement activities – in a place where people feel safe and valued. I will use my wealth of contacts and networks on a local and national level to benefit all who come to the centre.
“The residential project is almost complete and I am committed to its ongoing success. My predecessor was a vibrant and dedicated member of the St Wilfrid’s community and I hope to be a similarly passionate Director of this successful hub of activity.”
Josie has had a busy start to her work at the Centre. Before she had even taken the reins officially Josie attended a ceremony at Virgin Money Lounge when they presented a cheque to the Centre for £5,000. Wilfrid Bear also made an appearance at the opening of the Sheffield’s Virgin Money Lounge which raised money for their three chosen local charities – Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, Pitsmoor Adventure Playground and, of course, St Wilfrid’s Centre.
Clients had a great time celebrating Yorkshire Day at the Centre recently with a Yorkshire Quiz, a fantastic lunch of Yorkshire Pudding filled with stew and an adapted Yorkshire game of ‘Flat Cap Hoopla’. St Wilfrid’s new Director, Josie, is pictured above trying her hand at what proved to be a very popular activity with the clients and staff alike. Pictured on the right are St Wilfrid’s Louise and Rachel getting into the spirit of Yorkshire Day at the Centre.