The mission statement of St Wilfrid’s Day Centre is,
“We commit ourselves to creating a caring community based on Christian values where homeless and vulnerable people can find understanding, practical assistance, a sense of belonging and the support to regain their self esteem. In providing welfare and educational opportunities, we hope to help people overcome barriers of social exclusion and provide them with the opportunity to improve their quality of life.”
Read about some of the activities the St Wilfrid’s community have been engaged in and enjoying as they live out their mission statement on a daily basis.
St Patrick’s Day Fun at St Wilfrid’s
St Patrick’s Day at St Wilf’s was celebrated this year with music, dance and song.
Clients dressed up for the occasion and St Wilfrid’s singing group, who had rehearsed a beautiful medley of Irish songs including Danny Boy and Molly Malone, performed confidently to their audience. A couple of clients who had never sung in public before were bursting with pride in their achievements.
Sheffield University Irish Association kindly came along on the day to dance for the clients and this was followed by our very own Rachel who expertly played a few jigs on the violin. Everyone joined in with clapping, singing and dancing and generally had a great time.
After all the entertainment Pamela and the kitchen volunteers served Irish Stew for lunch, which was followed by delicious apple pie and a nice cup of tea.
St Wilfrid’s events are planned by the staff team and they are very grateful to anyone who offers their talents to make these occasions very special for the homeless and vulnerable people who attend the Centre.
Homeless and vulnerable people often do not have an opportunity to voice their opinions personally to people who could ultimately be making decisions which affect them. St Wilf’s decided this needed to change, so Jillian Creasy from the Green Party, Paul Blomfield from the Labour Party, Joe Otten from the Liberal Democrats and Stephanie Roe from the Conservative Party have all been asked to attend St Wilfrid’s to listen to the clients, who will pose questions on their policies and plans should they be voted in as Members of Parliament.
These events will be interesting and stimulating opportunities for the clients to be involved in the political process and the Centre has enabled some of them to register to vote.
St Wilfrid’s Goes to Northern College
Nine clients from St Wilfrid’s recently attended a residential learning weekend at Wentworth Castle, Northern College, Barnsley.
Arriving Friday afternoon, the clients soon settled into learning to use digital cameras and Photoshop skills. Lessons took place in the beautiful gardens, the restored Victorian glass conservatory and inside the magnificent study library. They stayed over till Sunday afternoon and worked in groups, creating their banner of favourite and inspirational pictures.
Staying and working together created a really positive atmosphere that the clients have been keen to share with others at the St Wilfrid’s Centre.
We are really grateful to all at Northern College who facilitated the visit and look forward to a return trip.