Bishop of Leeds, Marcus Stock, has opened the symbolic ‘door of mercy’ at two Yorkshire SVP centres.
In Leeds, the day marked the official opening of the support centre following a recent move to new premises. Centre Manager, Sheena Eastwood said: “The inclusion of St Vincent’s as part of the Holy Year of Mercy is an honour and a real tribute to the achievements and hard work of staff and volunteers. The new centre has given St Vincent’s the opportunity to develop its services to meet the growing need in the city.”
In Bradford, the event celebrated the work of CHAS @ St Vincent’s Community Learning and Development Programme. Established just over two years ago, the programme already boasts over 15 classes per week for English, IT and Employment Support and works with partners from the Carers Resource, National Careers Service and Job centre Plus. They have also developed an immigration drop-in service run in partnership with the Manuel Bravo Project.