The achievements of regular visitors to a Sheffield centre for the homeless and vulnerable have been praised.
Each year, St Wilfrid’s Centre, on Queens Road, Highfield, holds a personal development awards ceremony to highlight both educational and personal goals reached by those who access its services.
Coun Peter Rippon, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, presented certificates to this year’s award winners, accompanied by his consort and wife, Sue, the Lady Mayoress.
Awards were presented to individuals who attend educational classes at the centre in recognition of outstanding work in computer, drama, allotment and skills workshops.
Former England and Sheffield United football star Tony Currie, a supporter of the centre, was a special guest at the event.
He said: “To hear how much the clients appreciate St Wilfrid’s is always an emotional experience – I really love the place.”
The centre provides day-time drop-in sessions for the homeless and vulnerable, as well workshops and courses in everything from IT to woodwork for people with learning disabilities and mental health problems.
The charity is soon to expand its services with the addition of a residential unit close to the centre which will provide accommodation for up to 50 of its most in-need clients.
Tenants will live at the unit for up to two years while attending classes at the day centre from Monday to Friday, allowing them to increase their employability and social skills.