Panto Time at St Wilfrid’s

The St Wilfrid’s drama group recently performed their version of Aladdin to packed audiences at the Mother of God Parish Hall, Sheffield.

Creative Arts Tutor, Rachel Wood wrote and directed the humorous interpretation of the popular panto.  Fifteen clients took part in the production and later Director of the Centre, Kevin Bradley commented, “I am very proud of the clients who already face many disadvantages in life.  Their performances were first class and they certainly have the X Factor”.

A collection was taken at the end of the performances in aid of the Residential project and realised a magnificent £900.

Members of St Wilfred's centre on stage prior to their pantomime, Aladdin, at the Mother of God Parish church

Photograph courtesy of Sheffield Star Newspapers.


Admiration Award Presented

St Wilfrids admiration award sLondon based charity, Path to Success, visited St Wilfrid’s Centre for the homeless and vulnerable to present their ‘Admiration Award’ to Workshop Tutor, Keith Dewsnap.  Keith’s story is remarkable as he started attending the Centre as a client having suffered a breakdown.  His confidence and self esteem were gradually restored once he started to take part in our Workshop activities.  His gifts in that area quickly became apparent, so much so that he was able to assist other clients.  An opportunity of paid part time work became available at the Centre, Keith applied for the post and was successful.  He now works 3 days a week as a Skills Workshop Tutor.  Keith’s past experiences enable him now to help clients who may be in a similar situation as he used to be.  This enables him to empathise and have a better understanding of their problems.  Director, Kevin Bradley said, “Keith is a great addition to our team and it just goes to show how anyone can turn their lives around.”

Pictured above right, Nasim Malhotra from Path to Success presents Keith Dewsnap with the award.


Volunteers Day at the Centre

A day especially for those who help at St Wilfrid’s Centre for the homeless and vulnerable was recently held at the Centre.  Volunteers Day 2014 consisted of a feedback of the previous year’s work given by the Director and other senior members of the team and the day included workshops and active participation.  A fascinating talk was given on drugs used in mental health by NHS Chief Pharmacist, Peter Pratt.

St Wilfrids volunteers Jan s

Eighty volunteers attended and also enjoyed a superb lunch provided by Catering Supervisor, Pamela Corkell and her team.