For almost 20 years, St Augustine’s Centre in Halifax has been a beacon of hope for refugees arriving in Yorkshire.
But leaders at the award-winning organisation are nervous about its future as it continues to deal with a huge increase in demand from asylum seekers in recent years. Concerns from council leaders about the “mounting chaos” surrounding the housing of thousands of asylum seekers in this region were revealed in The Yorkshire Post this month, with demands that the Home Office gives local authorities a greater say in where people are placed. The situation at St Augustine’s, where dedicated volunteers help often-traumatised people learn English and enhance their employment prospects, symbolises the human impact of political decisions – with the centre also reporting increases in the numbers of British people seeking support in the wake of the universal credit rollout.
Their vital work deserves committed support.