Haven for the homeless in Sheffield moves one step closer

Glasses are raised at a topping out ceremony for the new residential centre created by St Wilfrid's. Picture: Andrew Roe
Glasses are raised at a topping out ceremony for the new residential centre created by St Wilfrid's. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A new residential unit for the homeless and vulnerable in Sheffield where they would live while they re-build their lives is one step nearer completion.

St Wilfrid’s, which runs a day centre offering its clients help and support, is building a residential unit on Queens Road, where people would live for two years while taking part in a programme of classes geared up for helping them learn how to manage a tenancy, manage their finances, find work and become self sufficient.

Glasses are raised at a topping out ceremony for the new residential centre created by St Wilfrid's. Picture: Andrew Roe

Glasses are raised at a topping out ceremony for the new residential centre created by St Wilfrid's. Picture: Andrew Roe

The unit will offer 20 self-contained flats and in addition to the classes and support on offer residents will have access to the day centre run by St Wilfrid’s Monday to Friday.

A topping out ceremony was recently held at the building site to mark the completion of the roof.

St Wildrid’s office manager Helen Lowry said: “There is demand for this type of accommodation and support for the homeless and vulnerable.

“People will live in the unit for two years and learn how to look after themselves through learning how to manage tenancies and budget for example, we will also teach them life skills and help with raising their self esteem and confidence.

“After two years the hope is that they will be able to move into their own properties and be able to cope long term.”

The project will also help clients develop the skills they need to find work to help them become self sufficient.

St Wilfrid’s celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this year.

Its day centre is attended by up to 80 people a day, who can be provided with foods, showers, clean clothes, counselling and access to edu