The Good Shepherd Centre
What is the Good Shepherd Centre?
The Good Shepherd Centre is a charitable organisation that offers a variety of services to support new arrivals to Keighley and the surrounding area, ranging from English language lessons, health advice, immigration advice and advocacy to practical assistance with clothing and furniture, and pastoral support. It is led by the Community Centre Manager, Dorota Plata.
The Good Shepherd Centre aims to empower, engage and educate economically and socially disadvantaged people in our town and surrounding areas in order that they may be better able to participate fully in society.
Seeking Courage, Fighting Hate and Finding Belonging. We aim to achieve this every day. We help families:
- find the courage to embrace their new lives in the United Kingdom
- fight, report & challenge hate when it occurs through support and providing sanctuary.
- find belonging through welcome packages, groups and events.
- extend Community Cohesion - providing a safe place that can be accessed by different statutory organisations to address specific topics: police, health care, social workers, and others, thereby reducing the day-to-day demand on their services and improving their contact with many more people.
Advice, advocacy and support are offered in the areas of health, education, and social justice.
Who do they support?
In particular, Charity supports:
- Newly arrived families and individuals from Central and Eastern Europe, mainly Polish, Slovakian, Czech and Romanian, several of whom are Roma
- Immigrants from other parts of the world, Africa, India and the Middle East also make use of the centre
- Refugees & homeless people
- Vulnerable individuals.
- People who may feel isolated
01535 608 639
The Guard House