Politicians back Sheffield charity’s bid for expansion

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A £1.7 million project to extend the services of homeless charity Emmaus Sheffield has been given a boost with a visit by shadow Lord Chancellor and shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan and Shaun Wright, South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner.

Based in the historic Sipelia Works, a former cutlery factory close to the city’s Canal Basin, Emmaus Sheffield provides a working community of previously homeless people with quality, self-contained accommodation, training facilities and a workspace.

The charity currently has space for 13 Companions and wants to raise that number to 17.

Sipelia Works, a Grade II-listed building, has structural problems that need to be resolved before work on the project begins.