Visit of the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire

St Wilfrid’s Centre for the homeless and vulnerable in Sheffield was delighted to welcome Lady Ruby Sykes, High Sheriff of South Yorkshire to the Centre recently.  As Lady Ruby was given a tour by Director, Kevin Bradley, she remarked on the wonderful atmosphere and how welcome she was made to feel.

Lady Ruby was particularly impressed with the workshops where clocks, rocking horses and signs, amongst other items, are produced by the clients.  In fact she was so impressed that she purchased 3 football clocks as presents for relatives.

During her visit Lady Ruby popped into the women’s group where the clients told her how much the group had supported them and helped them to cope with life.  She was comfortable and relaxed with all the clients with whom she had time to chat and joke.

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Lady Ruby is pictured in the kitchen where a hot lunch is prepared for the clients every day by staff and volunteers; left to right: Pamela, Cook, Margaret, Volunteer, Kevin, Director of the centre, Lady Ruby and Sarah, Volunteer.

Live Music at St Wilfrid’s

In the week of the National Folk Awards, St Wilfrid’s Centre had its own star turn.  Folk Duo, Freya and Louis, entertained clients as part of the Live Music Now scheme, a charity which provides live entertainment for groups of disadvantaged people.

The event, on this occasion sponsored by Sheffield Town Trust, Freshgate Foundation and the J G Graves Trust, was a great success.  The clients enjoyed singing along, tapping their feet and dancing to the music.

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Valentine’s Day Disco

It was a lively and fun filled 14th February at St Wilfrid’s Centre this year with the annual Valentine’s Day Disco.  Clients, staff and volunteers all joined in the merriment and danced the afternoon away.

A special ‘Dance Off’ was arranged between two teams of clients, who were given the task of interpreting different types of music in their own individual manner.  Led by staff members Rachel and Helen, each team had great fun dancing to a medley of tunes which included the styles of ballet, ballroom, disco, Irish jigs and Russian Cossack style dance.

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The judging panel, made up of fellow clients, remarked on their performance with differing degrees of enthusiasm and the event culminated in the scores being awarded for style and artistic impression.  Both teams of dancers were said to be ‘tireless and energetic’.

The whole afternoon was a great success and everyone was cheered up by the music and dancing experience.