Charity appealing for financial help

MY YORKSHIRE>>>>  Ben Keegan Director  of the Roundabout charity in Sheffield  See Story Phil Penfold Picture Chris Lawton   '30/01/13
MY YORKSHIRE>>>> Ben Keegan Director of the Roundabout charity in Sheffield See Story Phil Penfold Picture Chris Lawton '30/01/13
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A Sheffield-based homelessness charity for young people is seeking donations.

Roundabout, which runs a hostel for people aged 16 to 21 in Highfield, has had its funding from Sheffield Council cut after the authority’s money from Central Government was slashed – but has seen the number of young people needing help increase.

The council has a legal obligation to house 16 and 17 year olds, but older teenagers are often left to seek help elsewhere.

Ben Keegan, Roundabout chief executive, said: “We have just had a £60,000 cut from the council this year, so are trying to replace that with donations.

“We are getting cuts, but more demand.

“There has been a definite increase over the last year as the recession has started to hit more and the pressure is on families.

“When people come to us they have usually gone through some crisis, maybe a big row with their parents.

Roundabout accommodates 500 young people every year, and is planning to expand services to try to take in more young people.

n To donate, visit www.roundabouthomeless.org