Meet The Team

One talented team… working together

We are a not-for profit charity which delivers services for people, by people.

Our Trustees provide us with a wealth of experience and talent from a diverse range of career backgrounds. Our Senior Team are leaders in the care and charity sector, whilst our dedicated operational staff includes; highly trained nurses, support workers and trainers, aided by efficient support services.  You can discover more about our teams in both our  Support Services and Care Services, by meeting our colleagues below.

We are one team, we are PROUD to be St Anne’s.

  • Trustees
  • Senior Team
  • Our Staff
    Chair

    Anthea Sully

    Chair

    Anthea is Chief Executive of White Ribbon UK, a charity that works to end male violence…

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    Vice Chair and Chair of the Finance & Business Committee

    Bryan Machin

    Vice Chair and Chair of the Finance & Business Committee

    Bryan is the Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust.…

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    Joint Chair of the Quality & People Committee and Safeguarding Lead

    Tony Watters

    Joint Chair of the Quality & People Committee and Safeguarding Lead

    Tony retired in 2019, having worked as a doctor in the NHS for 42 years, the…

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    Chair of the Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee

    Caroline Ashton

    Chair of the Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee

    Caroline is a Non-Executive Director at Al Rayan Bank PLC and Loughborough Building Society and a…

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    Joint Chair of the Quality & People Committee, and Member of Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee

    Martin Bardle

    Joint Chair of the Quality & People Committee, and Member of Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee

    Martin is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and holds an…

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    Chair of the Remunerations & Nominations Committee

    Mark Turnbull

    Chair of the Remunerations & Nominations Committee

    Mark is a Head of Service in Leeds City Council’s Legal Department and has spent most…

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    Member of the Finance & Business Committee

    Geoff Dalton

    Member of the Finance & Business Committee

    Geoff is a professional Actuary, bringing to the role significant commercial and technical knowledge and experience.…

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    Member of the Finance & Business Committee and a Member of the Quality & People Committee

    Alison Leech

    Member of the Finance & Business Committee and a Member of the Quality & People Committee

    Alison is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and  has been in the profession…

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    Chief Executive Officer

    Azra Kirkby

    Chief Executive Officer

    Azra joined St Anne’s in 2019 and has been in the charitable social care sector for…

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    Interim Director of Operations

    Mark Fennelly

    Interim Director of Operations

    Mark is our Interim Director of Operations and brings a wealth of St Anne’s experience to…

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    Chief Finance Officer

    Andrew Gregor

    Chief Finance Officer

    We welcomed Andrew as our Chief Finance Officer in April 2023. Andrew is a qualified Chartered…

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    Director of  Housing and Estates

    Shaun Finegan

    Director of Housing and Estates

    Shaun Finegan joined  St Anne’s  as Director of Housing and Estates at the end of November…

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    Director of Business Development

    Mario Caswell

    Director of Business Development

    Mario’s background is within the social care and hospitality sectors, most recently as the Head of…

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    Director of People

    Ira Jeffers

    Director of People

    Ira Jeffers is our Director of People, and oversees HR, Recruitment, Workforce Development and PBS.  Ira…

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    Support Workers

    Hi I’m Keith I am a support worker for St Anne’s. I have had a diverse…

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    Front Line Managers

    “Hi – I am Denise, “I have worked in the care sector for 31 years and…

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    Area Managers

    Hi, my name is Alex, I have previously worked in the Police for 16 years specialising…

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    Business Development Team

    “Hi – I am Abby, Bid Writer for St Anne’s in the Business Development Team. “I…

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    PBS and Workforce Development Team

    Hi I am Jacqueline, I have worked in the care sector since 2008 and began my…

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    HR and Recruitment Team

    Hi, I’m Ashleigh. I’m one of the HR Advisors in the team and I have worked…

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    IT Team

    “Hi, I’m Leon. I have been the IT Service Desk Team Leader at St Anne’s Community…

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    Governance Team

    Hi, I’m Sally, Corporate Support Services Manager. I started working for St Anne’s in 2018 and…

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    Quality and Continuous Improvement Team

    Hello! I’m Hannah and I am one of the Quality and Continuous Improvement Leads. I have…

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    Shared Lives Team

    Hi, my name is Jo, and I joined the Shared Lives team 4 years ago. I…

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    Nursing Team

    We have over 60 highly trained nurses working across our services. They provide outstanding care to…

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    Housing Team

    Ensuring we delivery quality homes which meet the needs of the people we support, our housing…

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    Finance Team

    We have a dedicated finance team to support our services, staff and clients

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    Experts by Experience

    The people we support are the experts in their own care and we actively involve them…

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Latest News / Case Study

Achieving Safer Leeds Domestic Violence & Abuse Quality Mark

Achieving Safer Leeds Domestic Violence & Abuse Quality Mark
  • Antony Rider
  • February 20, 2024

We are so please to announce we have achieved the Safer Leeds Domestic Violence & Abuse Quality Mark. The purpose of the Quality Mark is to ensure consistent and high-quality…

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Shared Lives Winter Walk

Shared Lives Winter Walk
  • Antony Rider
  • February 13, 2024

Our Shared Lives carers and team gathered on the 13th February for a winter walk at Golden Acre Park, Leeds. Thankfully the rain stayed away which allowed the group to…

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Memorial Orchard to Bloom at Bevin Court

Memorial Orchard to Bloom at Bevin Court
  • Antony Rider
  • February 7, 2024

A Memorial Orchard, a symbol of hope and remembrance, has been planted at a specialist resettlement hostel in Sheffield in collaboration with St Anne’s Community Services (St Anne’s), The Hepatitis…

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St. Anne’s Welcomes Whiteoak Respite Centre into its Family of Services

St. Anne’s Welcomes Whiteoak Respite Centre into its Family of Services
  • Antony Rider
  • February 6, 2024

In an exciting development, St. Anne's is thrilled to announce the addition of Whiteoak Respite Centre to its comprehensive array of services. Beginning on the 6th of February, Whiteoak will…

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Celebrating our Shared Lives Service CQC Success

Celebrating our Shared Lives Service CQC Success
  • Antony Rider
  • February 6, 2024

Congratulations to our Shared Lives Team who recently attained a CQC inspection rating “Good”. During the inspection process the CQC inspector spent a large amount of time talking to carers…

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Celebrating CQC Success in Bradford

Celebrating CQC Success in Bradford
  • Antony Rider
  • January 15, 2024

We are proud to announce our Bradford Adult Supported Living Service, which supports adults with learning disabilities in the comfort of their own homes, has achieved a CQC rating of…

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Recruitment Event At Marton Library 25th January

Recruitment Event At Marton Library 25th January
  • Antony Rider
  • January 2, 2024

New Year, New Opportunities! Join us at Marton Library, TS7 8BL on January 25th! Live in the Middlesbrough, Stockton-On-Tees , Redcar, Darlington or Hartlepool area and on the lookout for…

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Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas
  • Antony Rider
  • December 22, 2023

We wish all our clients, families, friends, partners and colleagues a Happy Christmas. We love the winning card of our Client Christmas Card Competition, well done to LH from our…

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Leeds Resource Centre: Festive Opening Times

Leeds Resource Centre: Festive Opening Times
  • Antony Rider
  • December 21, 2023

The festive period can be lonely for the homeless, and those in need. Over the Christmas period we are here to help. Please note our Resource Centre normal hours resume…

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A huge thank you to Lush

A huge thank you to Lush
  • Antony Rider
  • December 20, 2023

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Lush for the kind donation of products for our clients.   The festive season can be a very difficult time of…

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Men’s Talk makes an impact at Bevin Court

Men’s Talk makes an impact at Bevin Court
  • Antony Rider
  • November 9, 2023

Men's Talk an exciting performing arts group for men with experience of mental health issues, performed at our Bevin Court service (Sheffield) on 7th November. The group, which aims to engage…

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Alcohol Services and Recovery Month

Alcohol Services and Recovery Month
  • Antony Rider
  • October 9, 2023

September was ‘Recovery Month’ – an opportunity to celebrate recovery. There is often a stigma attached to people who experience problems with alcohol or drugs. Recovery Month was an opportunity…

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St Annes’ Training: Supporting Social, Behaviour, and Network Therapy

St Annes’ Training: Supporting Social, Behaviour, and Network Therapy
  • Antony Rider
  • October 2, 2023

At St Anne’s Training Academy, staff from Forward Leeds were trained in Social, Behaviour, and Network Therapy (SBNT). Delivered by Sally Neal from Addictions Therapy UK, "This course develops an…

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Hartwell Road Staff and Client Awards

Hartwell Road Staff and Client Awards
  • Antony Rider
  • September 29, 2023

Our Hartwell Road Service in Leeds held its own staff and client awards on Tuesday 26th September. At the event there was a slideshow of photos from the varying activities…

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Congratulations to our Foxview Service

Congratulations to our Foxview Service
  • Antony Rider
  • September 25, 2023

Congratulations to our Foxview Service in Dewsbury which has been rated ‘Good’ by the CQC. Foxview offers a nursing short break service for people living with learning disabilities, physical disabilities…

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Proud of Pride

Proud of Pride
  • Antony Rider
  • August 21, 2023

St Anne’s were incredibly excited to be part of Leeds Pride (August 7), and Calderdale Pride (19 August). Our clients, staff, family, and friends came together to walk through Leeds…

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St Anne’s Proud Award Winners

St Anne’s Proud Award Winners
  • Antony Rider
  • June 23, 2023

  ​Thank you to everyone who supported and attended our Proud Awards at Elland Road on the 21 June. It was a fantastic day celebrating everything St Anne's. Huge congratulations…

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Celebrating the launch of our Boulevard service

Celebrating the launch of our Boulevard service
  • Antony Rider
  • May 19, 2023

  [video width="640" height="480" mp4="https://www.st-annes.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Introducing-Boulevard-1.mp4"][/video]   On 18th May we celebrated the launch of our new supported living service, Boulevard, in Hull. To mark the occasion, in the middle of…

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Leeds Quality in Care Awards 2023 – Nicky Lyall Social Care Nurse of the Year

Leeds Quality in Care Awards 2023 – Nicky Lyall Social Care Nurse of the Year
  • Antony Rider
  • May 9, 2023

We are proud to announce Nicky Lyall, has won Social Care Nurse of the Year at the Leeds Quality Care Awards 2023 The Leeds Quality Care Awards recognise the fantastic…

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The day John Lewis came to Alcohol Services

The day John Lewis came to Alcohol Services
  • Antony Rider
  • May 2, 2023

Our Alcohol Services received a wonderful donation of a new television from John Lewis on Friday 28th April. The service has a proud record of supporting people to make significant…

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Investors In People Success

Investors In People Success
  • Antony Rider
  • April 28, 2023

We are pleased to announce we recently gained our Investors In People Accreditation. Many people and teams across the organisation were interviewed as part of the process. There were many…

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Special guests at Hartwell Road

Special guests at Hartwell Road
  • Antony Rider
  • April 11, 2023

Sensory engagement promotes cognition and memory, it supports communication and people's ability and readiness to learn, and it is also good for mental health Sensory engagement is an important part…

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The St Anne’s PROUD Awards – Over 400 Nominations

The St Anne’s PROUD Awards – Over 400 Nominations
  • Antony Rider
  • March 24, 2023

Throughout spring we have been nominating our colleagues in our PROUD Awards, recognising the care, devotion, and outstanding work our colleagues and teams undertake in making our vision “of a…

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Durham Supported Living Services – CQC Success

Durham Supported Living Services – CQC Success
  • Antony Rider
  • March 16, 2023

Our Durham supported living services have received a “Good” rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in a recent assessment (February 2023) The service that offers support to adults with…

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Supporting Independent Lives in Leeds

Supporting Independent Lives in Leeds
  • Antony Rider
  • March 10, 2023

We are proud to have over 30 years of expertise in delivering community-based Outreach services, and the work our teams undertake in local communities is truly life-changing. Our professional, experienced,…

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Belle Vue Baking Master Class

Belle Vue Baking Master Class
  • Antony Rider
  • March 9, 2023

Our Belle Vue Road Service, Leeds, loves to engage the people they support in activities which support learning and development. During early March they decided to run a cake baking…

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National Science Day at Hartwell Road

National Science Day at Hartwell Road
  • Antony Rider
  • March 1, 2023

It was National Science Day on 28th February, and our team at Hartwell Road wanted to make the day exciting for their clients. After careful research and planning the team…

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Perfect Pancakes

Perfect Pancakes
  • Antony Rider
  • February 28, 2023

Across our services on Pancake Day (21 Feb) the people we support had a great time cooking, creating and designing and of course eating some wonderful pancakes. Fr0m Portland Avenue…

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National Storytelling Week: The Wonderful World of Sensory Stories

National Storytelling Week: The Wonderful World of Sensory Stories
  • Antony Rider
  • February 6, 2023

National Storytelling Week takes place every year and is a celebration of the power of sharing stories. Stories teach us about the world, they allow us to step into someone…

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Celebrating Present Day – In Style

Celebrating Present Day – In Style
  • Antony Rider
  • January 19, 2023

On the 13th January 2023 our Creykes Lodge Service celebrated a client’s 'Present Day" in style. Present Day is celebrated instead of birthdays in accordance with the clients Jehovah’s Witness…

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Celebrating Shared Lives in 2022

Celebrating Shared Lives in 2022
  • Antony Rider
  • January 4, 2023

In December, we joined our lovely friends from St Anne's Shared Lives for a beautiful walk in the winter sunshine at Golden Acre Park.   Our Shared Lives scheme recruits…

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Christmas at the Resource Centre

Christmas at the Resource Centre
  • Antony Rider
  • December 12, 2022

  Our Resource Centre, with great support from DAC Beachcroft, held their Christmas Party on Friday 9th December.   The food area was packed, and everyone had a wonderful time,…

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Heatherstones Winter Wonderland

Heatherstones Winter Wonderland
  • Antony Rider
  • December 12, 2022

  On Thursday 8th December, our Heatherstones service had their fantastic Christmas Party. The evening was a perfect winter evening with live music from local musician Dean, a special visit…

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Celebrating Our Somewhere Safe To Stay Hub – 1st Birthday

Celebrating Our Somewhere Safe To Stay Hub – 1st Birthday
  • Antony Rider
  • December 1, 2022

On Tuesday 29th November we had a very special birthday celebration for our Somewhere Safe To Stay Hub, at the Civic Hall, Leeds. Gathering together friends of St Anne's, Trustees,…

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Rockhaven receives a glowing CQC report

Rockhaven receives a glowing CQC report
  • Antony Rider
  • November 9, 2022

Congratulations to our Rockhaven team from Horsforth, Leeds, who received a superb Care Quality Commission (CQC) report in August. The CQC detailed the quality of care delivered at the service…

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Gerard Wins Learning Disability Nurse of the Year

Gerard Wins Learning Disability Nurse of the Year
  • Antony Rider
  • October 10, 2022

We are so proud to see our Heatherstones Service manager, Gerard Wainwright win the Learning Disability category of the RCN Nursing Awards (Royal College of Nusing). Gerard led the Unsafe Swallow…

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Ian Stewart’s Amazing Animals

Ian Stewart’s Amazing Animals
  • Antony Rider
  • September 20, 2022

My name is Ian. I’ve been involved with St Anne’s for about eighteen years now. I used to have a casual cleaning post at Heatherstones but that stopped about two…

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Without Limits – Latest St Anne’s Update

Without Limits – Latest St Anne’s Update
  • Antony Rider
  • September 1, 2022

Welcome to the latest St Anne’s update, ‘Without Limits’ It has been a busy year with lots happening across our services, our clients have enjoyed many experiences, events, day’s out…

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Redwood Glades – A New Opportunity for St Anne’s

Redwood Glades – A New Opportunity for St Anne’s
  • Antony Rider
  • August 31, 2022

We are delighted to announce that we have been successful as the new provider of the Redwood Glades Extra Care scheme in Hull. Redwood Glades is one of three extra…

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Celebrating Leeds Pride 2022

Celebrating Leeds Pride 2022
  • Antony Rider
  • August 15, 2022

After missing the last 2 years due to the pandemic, St Anne’s were incredibly excited to be part of Leeds Pride 2022. Our charity had the privilege of taking part…

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Proud to be a Lord Mayors Charity

Proud to be a Lord Mayors Charity
  • Antony Rider
  • August 8, 2022

Proud to be a Lord Mayors Charity We are very proud to be one of the Lord Mayor's of Leeds Charities for the year 2022/23.  Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor…

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Proud to be part of an “Outstanding” Partnership

Proud to be part of an “Outstanding” Partnership
  • Antony Rider
  • July 21, 2022

 St Anne’s Community Service, a proud partner in Forward Leeds, the alcohol and drug service, is thrilled by the recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection rating of the service as…

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Superb Jubilee Celebrations

Superb Jubilee Celebrations
  • Antony Rider
  • July 18, 2022

Celebrating the Platinum Jubilee Across the summer our services and clients have been celebrating the Queens Platinum Jubilee. It has been lovely see so many celebrations, here is a montage…

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Proud of our Finalists for RCN Nurse Awards 2022

Proud of our Finalists for RCN Nurse Awards 2022
  • Antony Rider
  • June 21, 2022

Gerard Wainwright, manager from our Heatherstones service in Halifax, has led the Unsafe Swallow Project as part of a Queens Nursing Award, which we are very proud to announce has…

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Launching Our New Respite Westgarth Service

Launching Our New Respite Westgarth Service
  • Antony Rider
  • June 14, 2022

On Friday 10th June we were very proud to launch our new Westgarth service in partnership with Calderdale Council, with a special guest the Lord Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Angie…

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International Nurses Day 2022- 12th May

International Nurses Day 2022- 12th May
  • Antony Rider
  • May 11, 2022

Alcohol Services and International Nurses’ Day. At St Anne's Alcohol Services we are celebrating International Nurses’ Day by thanking our Nurses for their work. Nurses play an integral role in…

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We Are Recruiting New Trustees

We Are Recruiting New Trustees
  • Antony Rider
  • March 31, 2022

People-focused, passionate, and committed are just some of the words we would use to describe St Anne’s Community Services, as they encompass many of the aspects which make us so…

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Community Orchard Planting – Celebrating our 50th Year

Community Orchard Planting – Celebrating our 50th Year
  • Antony Rider
  • March 10, 2022

Celebrating and commemorating our 50th Anniversary in 2021-22, our teams from Gateshead and Dewsbury have planted 30 fruit trees as a lasting legacy of our golden anniversary during spring 2022.…

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Without Limits – Summer & Autumn 21

Without Limits – Summer & Autumn 21
  • Antony Rider
  • December 10, 2021

Without Limits Welcome to the twice yearly St Anne's client update, 'Without Limits'. 2021 has been a difficult year with Covid, but our clients have enjoyed many experiences, events, day's…

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Welcoming our new Chair and Vice-Chair

Welcoming our new Chair and Vice-Chair
  • Antony Rider
  • November 30, 2021

Welcoming our new Chair and Vice-Chair One of the north's leading charities, St. Anne's Community Services (St. Anne’s), has appointed a new Chair and Vice Chair. The new Chair is…

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Charity Time Capsule Burial

Charity Time Capsule Burial
  • Brenna Purcell
  • September 16, 2021

To celebrate and commemorate St Anne’s Community Services, 50th Anniversary on Wednesday 15th September, a special time capsule was buried in Temple Newsam Park, Leeds. Organised by the St Anne’s…

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Sensory Garden Planting in Leeds, Celebrates Charity Anniversary

Sensory Garden Planting in Leeds, Celebrates Charity Anniversary
  • Antony Rider
  • August 17, 2021

A charity, dedicated to supporting the most vulnerable in society, has planted a new sensory garden in the heart of Leeds, close to where it was founded in 1971. St…

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Leading Charity Appoints New Vice-Chair and Trustees

Leading Charity Appoints New Vice-Chair and Trustees
  • Antony Rider
  • July 26, 2021

Leading Charity Appoints New Vice-Chair and Trustees One of the north’s leading charities, St. Anne’s Community Services (St. Anne’s), has appointed fours new Trustees including one to the position of…

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Charity Online Cycle Ride Supporting the Homeless

Charity Online Cycle Ride Supporting the Homeless
  • Antony Rider
  • June 18, 2021

St. Anne’s Community Services (St Anne’s), one of the North’s leading person-centred charities is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a fund-raising, online cycle ride in support of homeless people. Set…

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Our New 5 Year Strategy

Our New 5 Year Strategy
  • Antony Rider
  • June 18, 2021

A life without limits. We have great pride in sharing with you our new five-year strategic plan, “A life without limits”. "A life without limits", showcases our future direction which…

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Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week
  • Antony Rider
  • June 3, 2021

Our staff from Heatherstones did a wonderful walk on the canal towpath which runs from Copley to Sowerby Bridge. There were six of our clients and seven members of staff…

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