West Lane, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD22 6ES

01535 608 639, 07756409246

tgsc.keighley@gmail.com or dorotaplata1@gmail.com

The Good Shepherd Centre

Charity No: 1170396

Our Values

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Our main aims and activities.

The Good Shepherd Centre aims to empower, engage and educate economically and socially

disadvantaged people in our town in order that they may be better able to participate fully in

society.

In particular, the charity supports newly arrived families and individuals from Central and Eastern

Europe (mainly Polish, Slovakian and Romanian, several of whom are Roma). Refugees and

immigrants from other parts of the world (Africa, India and the Middle East) also make use of the

centre services.

We promote equality and diversity and organise activities to foster understanding between people

from diverse backgrounds.

Advice, advocacy and support are offered in the areas of health, education, and social justice.

Activities include the following:

Basic English language lessons (with a childcare facility; noted by Refugee Action as crucial to

engaging young mothers).

Parent and Toddler group with language and social development activities.

Child development and nutrition (a member of staff from a local health centre attends once per

week).

Drop-in advice and advocacy: a secure and welcoming environment where advice can be sought,

usually in the client's own language, on a range of issues including employment applications,school

places, health matters, housing, hate crime reporting and workplace discrimination, .

Introductory computer classes (in conjunction with a local college).

Trips and visits to familiarise immigrant families with their new physical, social and cultural

environment.

Shared meals and events to celebrate and share aspects of the immigrant culture with established

residents.