New homes for charity

MP Paul Bloomfield cuts the ribbon with companions at Emmaus, a homeless charity, at the opening of their new accomodation wing. Picture: Andrew Roe
MP Paul Bloomfield cuts the ribbon with companions at Emmaus, a homeless charity, at the opening of their new accomodation wing. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A Sheffield homeless charity has completed the latest phase of a £200,000 extension project.

Emmaus Sheffield, based in the historic Sipelia Works, a former cutlery factory close to the Canal Basin, provides a working community with accommodation, training facilities and a workspace for men and women aged more than 18 years.

MP Paul Bloomfield (r) talks to Graham Bostock, community leader at Emmaus, a homeless charity, at the opening of their new accomodation wing. Picture: Andrew Roe

MP Paul Bloomfield (r) talks to Graham Bostock, community leader at Emmaus, a homeless charity, at the opening of their new accomodation wing. Picture: Andrew Roe

Through its programme to provide meaningful work it hopes to help people become self-supporting.

The premises only had room for just 14 people but work has now been completed on four further en-suite rooms – and already all the extra spaces have been filled.

Manager Graham Bostock said: “The hard truth is that we are now regularly having to turn people away when they need us most.

“This new project has added an extra four rooms, a small lounge area and an extra kitchen space.

MP Paul Bloomfield (r) with Graham Bostock, community leader at Emmaus, a homeless charity, at the opening of their new accomodation wing. Picture: Andrew Roe

MP Paul Bloomfield (r) with Graham Bostock, community leader at Emmaus, a homeless charity, at the opening of their new accomodation wing. Picture: Andrew Roe

“That’s four more people we can now help get back on their feet again in 2015 – but already those rooms have been filled, demonstrating quite clearly that the problem of homelessness in a city like Sheffield is not one that is going to go away and which actually appears to be growing. We are being inundated with referrals and are having to turn people away.

“We we really do need the public’s support. There is not one single day goes by that somebody doesn’t ask if we have a vacancy.”

MP Paul Bloomfield (l) talks to a companion and Graham Bostock, community leader at Emmaus, a homeless charity, at the opening of their new accomodation wing. Picture: Andrew Roe

MP Paul Bloomfield (l) talks to a companion and Graham Bostock, community leader at Emmaus, a homeless charity, at the opening of their new accomodation wing. Picture: Andrew Roe

MP Paul Bloomfield with Graham Bostock, community leader at Emmaus, a homeless charity, at the opening of their new accomodation wing. Picture: Andrew Roe

MP Paul Bloomfield with Graham Bostock, community leader at Emmaus, a homeless charity, at the opening of their new accomodation wing. Picture: Andrew Roe