St Anne’s Community Services is proudly celebrating its ‘Golden Anniversary’, and is kicking it off in style with a new look and brand.
Established in 1971 by Bill Kilgallon OBE, as a homeless day shelter in Leeds, behind Leeds Cathedral (previously known as Cathedral Church of St Anne), we have, over the last 50 years, become a leading community care provider, supporting people across the North of England with learning disabilities, mental health, substance rehabilitation and homelessness.
Founder Bill Kilgallon OBE said:
“Congratulations to everyone involved with St Anne’s on this 50th Anniversary. St Anne’s began in 1971 because of concern about the number of homeless people in the city centre. We interviewed people sleeping rough, living in hostels and night shelters about what they needed. They suggested a place of their own to go in the daytime and so we opened a day centre in a building behind St Anne’s Cathedral. That was the beginning of an organisation which has continued to listen and respond to need and provides a wide range of high-quality services.”
Chair of the Board of Trustees Ian McIntosh said:
“Reaching 50 years is a fantastic milestone. During the last five decades St Anne’s has supported thousands of people, always seeking to make a difference in their life outcomes. This year we wish to celebrate that, and to create a legacy for the future, both for the people we support and in the communities we serve. Our golden anniversary is an opportunity for us to thank all our colleagues and supporters over the years and reinforce our community connections”.
As part of the year of celebrations, St Anne’s has taken the opportunity to refresh its brand. The new brand provides a fresh, contemporary look which reflects St Anne’s focus on people, communities and support.
Ian McIntosh continued; “We are very proud of our history and reputation. Individual care and community support are the core of St Anne’s. The new brand, developed in conjunction with our staff and the people we support, restates these core principles and gives us a great springboard to start our 50th year celebrations.”
Azra Kirkby, CEO of St Anne’s said:
“We feel it is important that during this special year we focus on what we are proud of. We are proud of our people, our communities, our legacy of care and we are committed to a bright future. These four themes are the undercurrent of this year, and we hope many people will join in our celebrations”.
You see see our launch video for our refreshed brand below