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