A Sheffield youth homeless charity is reaching out to those it has supported since opening in 1977 to come forward and tell their stories.
Roundabout provides shelter, support and life skills to around 155 young people in South Yorkshire every day, and provides the only emergency hostel in Sheffield for 16-21 years olds.
Now the charity, which turns 40 in January, has issued an appeal for some of the estimated 10,000 young people it has helped, since opening, to get in touch.
Roundabout’s chief executive Ben Keegan said: “We have often heard snippets of people’s stories from their time with us over the years. We would now like to collect all those stories together to help us celebrate this milestone birthday. We want to hear from anyone who has accessed any of our services over the last forty years and is happy to update us on what happened after they left us.
“We’ve already heard from one woman, Gemma, who lived in Roundabout’s hostel over 10 years ago, when she was just 17. The bed and breakfast she was staying in evicted her for eating a takeaway in her room and she had since raised £644.68 for the charity to say thank you for the support she received.”
Gemma added: “I’d not eaten for three days and had just got enough money together to buy some food.
“I found myself homeless and on the streets with nowhere else to turn. Roundabout gave me a safe place to stay and all the help and support I needed to get my life back on track.”
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