Our organisation The Good Shepherd Centre is based in West Lane, Keighley, BD22 6ES and was formed on April 2014.
From this building we provide a grass roots contact point for new arrivals from Central and Eastern Europe plus asylum seekers & refugees who are being placed in Keighley in increasing numbers.. Our users are representative of Polish, Czech, Slovak and Roma EU communities plus asylum seekers & refugees from across the world. We also welcome anyone who lives locally.
We currently process applications for EU Settled Status.
We assist people with practical programmes to meet their needs and help to bring stability to their everyday lives by supporting their general well-being. We offer help in difficult situations relating to health issues, attending benefits appointments, dealing with domestic violence or family problems & offer an interpreter service to help with language barriers.
We want to make a practical difference by addressing everyday challenges for families or individuals who may be facing problems or hardship. We assist with different needs by linking with other organisations and service providers such as Bradford Council, education, benefits, housing and GPs health services. Poverty; poor diet, dental health, mental health problems, social isolation, job opportunities, fears of social services, language, communication, pregnancy and sexual health are ongoing issues affecting some individuals and families.
Our organisation takes a holistic approach to providing support including addressing barriers to securing employment, offering mentoring schemes, educational and practical workshops, CVs / job applications as people have different levels of literacy, provide volunteer opportunities, provide free access to the internet, offer benefits and housing advice, English classes, assist with accessing school and nursery places, explaining the role or the police, childcare inquiries and debt advice. Our organisation supports this community to tackle genuine needs and we feel we have a real understanding of the challenges families and individuals face.
We are a Hate Reporting Centre, working towards being a Dementia Friendly service & a Place of Sanctuary, part of Keighley Town of Sanctuary