St. Augustine's aim is to support and build community. Its ethos comes from the Christian faith which respects and values individuals, welcomes the vulnerable and cares for all. Offering a safe sanctuary and a range of creative and educational resources and activities, the St. Augustine's Centre is a place where the isolated become fulfilled indivudals, welcomes the vulnerable and cares for all. Offering a safe sanctuary and a range of creative and educational resources and activities, the St. Augustine's Centre is a place where the isolated become fulfiled individuals who, we believe, are important building blocks for flourisng and loving community
The building offers a warm and welcoming environment for people to access support and advice from friendly workers and volunteers. There are over 60 volunteers and they are the backbone of the Centre. We aim to help with basic needs and hope to build confidence to encourage participation within the community and to prevent isolation.
This is achieved through
- Weekly Support Groups offering befriending, food, information and direction towards other agencies
- Adult Education, both on an informal and formal basis, to share skills and to learn new ones
- Social Activities within the local community which aim to develop better relationships between the host community and those who have moved here from other countries
- Advice Sessions, covering such areas as education, employment, adapting to the UK culture, citizenship and immigration. Basic legal advice is offered by OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) registered workers
The Support Centre also offers an immediate needs and funds project for people who have become destitute, often as a result of government policies.