New Sheffield advice centre to help youngsters at risk of becoming homeless

Lord Mayor Coun Peter Rippon
Lord Mayor Coun Peter Rippon
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A new advice facility for vulnerable young people at risk of becoming homeless has opened in Sheffield.

Charity Roundabout supports 150 homeless young people across the city every day and has the only emergency hostel in Sheffield for young homeless people aged 16 to 21 - but the hostel is always full and there is a huge demand for places.

The charity has now opened a service to tackle homelessness head on and prevent young people leaving their family homes in the first place.

The service is based at 22 Union Street, in the city centre, and is offering advice and support to young people aged 16 to 21 who are close to becoming homeless due to the breakdown of family relationships.

The new service is open Monday to Friday from 1pm to 4pm and aims to help the young people return to their family when it is appropriate and safe to do so.

It will be officially opened by Coun Peter Rippon, the Lord Mayor, on Friday, August 8.

Amy Casbolt, fundraising coordinator, said: “We were really pleased when Coun Rippon chose us as one of his official charities for the year and we are delighted that he will be able to join us for this very special occasion.”