Community Activities

‘At the heart of the community’

St Catherine’s Church Centre is a vibrant and busy community centre which is committed to supporting families, young people and adults of all ages to learn new skills, improve their health and wellbeing and develop the confidence to achieve their goals and transform their lives. At the core of the Centre’s thinking is our belief in people and their capacity to achieve amazing things.

Emergency Food Provision
Thirteen million people are living below the poverty line in the UK today.  Many of those people are going hungry every day for a range of reasons, from benefit delays to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income.

St Catherine’s runs a range of free emergency food provision to help those people in Wakefield who are struggling to make ends meet and to feed themselves and their families:

Food Bank:  Operating Monday to Friday from 11am – 1pm providing food parcels for individuals and families in need.

Lunch:  We provide a daily free lunch for individuals and families using our food bank from Monday to Friday from 11am – 1pm. 

Evening Meal:  We serve a free hot evening meal on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm for vulnerable and homeless people in Wakefield.

Our food bank relies almost totally on donations from the public and these are vital in ensuring our ability to give everyone using our service a balanced and nutritious supply of food.

If you would like to donate food for distribution, our Shopping List is:
- Sugar
- Coffee
- Tea
- UHT Milk
- Tinned Meat
- Tinned Fish
- Tinned Fruit
- Tinned Rice Pudding
- Tinned Potatoes
- Tinned Vegetables
- Instant Mashed Potatoes
- Cooking Sauces
- Cereals

The Recovery Café
The Recovery Café was the first project of its type in the region.  The café supports people affected by mental ill health and provides them with a welcoming, safe and supportive space.

The café acts as a teaching environment where people can develop their skills and experience of cooking and work together as a team to produce a totally scrumptious weekly meal.

Service users can also choose just to access the café, purchase the meal and catch up with old friends and make new ones.

Mental health support workers also attend the café to provide information and support to members of the recovery café.

See our events calendar for dates and times of the Recovery Café. 

Groups and Activities
We run a range of free, fun and inclusive groups including an Art and Craft Class, Community Singing Group, Gardening Group and a weekly Games Session.

We also host a by-weekly friendship group called the Monday Club who meet together for fun, games and the opportunity to socialise and meet new friends. Check out our events calendar for details of dates and time.

Volunteering Opportunities
Volunteering can help you gain confidence, make a difference to your community, meet new friends, be part of a community, learn new skills and have fun!

We always have opportunities for people to volunteer with us. Currently we have volunteer opportunities in our café, recovery café, food bank, Nourishment project and in our administration team.

If you would like further details of volunteering opportunities with us, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 01924 211130 or via email on