St Wilfrid’s Centre opened the doors to some of its clients on Monday, 3 August after a period of 138 days closed as a day centre.
Louise, the Welfare Manager, said, “There was joy and excitement on many of the faces of our clients as they walked through our doors for the first time in months. However, there was also some anxiety and fear as for many it was the first time in a long while they were going to spend time with other people. The week went well with staff and clients all becoming accustomed to our new procedures and safeguards.”
Welcome to Ruth
During lockdown a new Head of Centre, Ruth Moore, was appointed to St Wilfrid’s Centre. This was her first message to the Community of St Wilfrid’s and to the Diocese.
“I feel very privileged to have been appointed as the new Head of Centre at St Wilfrid’s and I am very grateful for the warm welcome that I have been given by everyone.
“Although it is obviously unusual starting a new role in the current circumstances, I look forward to meeting everyone and getting to know you all.
“Nearly thirty years ago I first heard about St Wilfrid’s when my Dad, who at the time was the Anglican priest at St Oswald’s, Millhouses, Sheffield, met with Mgr Kilgannon. Since then I have continued, over the years, to hear about the valuable role St Wilfrid’s plays and the huge contribution it makes to people’s lives, including clients, volunteers, staff and friends. When I first saw the post advertised and then when I was invited to interview, I very much wanted to be able to join the team here and have the opportunity to lead the next chapter of St Wilfrid’s story over the coming years.
“Everyone should be very proud of the Centre and the partnerships developed with those within the Centre, the Diocese, the community and beyond. I firmly believe that the commitment to meeting clients’ individual needs and achieving success is a shared responsibility.
“I am unmoving in my belief in people’s capacity to give of their time, understanding and commitment towards creating a caring and fairer society, promoting and building on Christian values and the Centre’s ethos and ensuring that those involved with the Centre and the wider community accompany us on the journey.
“I am excited by what the future holds for St Wilfrid’s and welcome everyone to join us as we share our aims, values and successes over the months and years to come.”
Farewell to Lorraine
From February until July St Wilfrid’s had an Interim Head of Centre, Lorraine Healy. This was Lorraine’s message as she handed over to Ruth.
“When I started the role at the beginning of February, none of us could have envisaged what would happen and how the world as we know it would change in such a short space of time.
“I am so proud of all the staff at St Wilfrid’s, who, over the past 4 months, have shown such stamina, dedication and understanding. They are a credit to this special place, which without doubt does get into your soul.
“In the early days of St Wilfrid’s my dad used to volunteer here. He worked in the café on a Friday morning, preparing lunch; no upstairs kitchen and dining room in those days. Kevin Bradley used to say, “No one makes a plate of chips like Tommy Healy.” He loved the place and I only hope that he is looking down and is pleased that one of his daughters was able to help out too.
“I’d like to say a few thank yous to people; as mentioned above thank you to all of the staff and also the volunteers here at the Centre. I was welcomed with opened arms and knew that I had become part of a very special team from day one.
“To the Clients, who also accepted me from day one and made me feel so welcome. They all have special gifts and St Wilfrid’s is a place where these gifts are discovered and blossom.
“Fr Kilgannon, Stuart Hanlon and all the members of the Steering Group at St Wilfrid’s have been such a fantastic help and support during my time here. I knew that I would be leaving in July and therefore had to ‘hit the ground running’ and without these special, dedicated people this would not have been possible.
“Finally, I would like to thank all of you, the supporters of St Wilfrid’s. I have seen for myself through the giving of food, clothing, money and other essential items, and especially through this pandemic, just how much good there is in this world. It’s human nature to moan about things that aren’t right or that go wrong and I believe that we need to shout out from the rooftops the good that is done by people. Thank you all so much.
“I wish Ruth all the best for the future as Head of Centre. She knows already what a wonderful place St Wilfrid’s is, and I am sure it will go from strength to strength under her guidance and leadership.
“When I wrote my first piece for the newsletter I ended with the poem ‘Anyway’ which was written by St Mother Teresa of Calcutta. As I mentioned then I always associate this poem with St Wilfrid’s Centre and I am sure you won’t mind if I end my goodbye piece with it.”
Do It Anyway
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centred.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.
Give the best you’ve got anyway.
in the final analysis it is between you and God;
it was never between you and them anyway.
People Helping St Wilfrid’s Centre
Jill Ray, a local artist has designed some beautiful cards during the lockdown and will kindly be donating 5% of her profits from these cards to St Wilfrid’s Centre. Please go to her website – www.jillraylandscapes.co.uk – for more details.
Throughout lockdown many people worked hard to support the clients of St Wilfrid’s with, for example, a “meals on wheels” service, sending activity packs to those who were isolated and the very necessary fundraising activities.
Fundraiser In Memory of Councillor Pat Midgley
Sadly, Councillor Pat Midgley, a long-time supporter of St Wilfrid’s Centre and former Lord Mayor of Sheffield, died in March after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
Her daughter Joanna set up a fundraising page (https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-pat-midgley) and chose three Sheffield charities which were close to Pat’s heart. St Wilfrid’s Centre was one of those chosen. Thank you Pat for your support of St Wilfrid’s Centre.