Sheffield charity hostel revamp helps young feel at home

Staff and residents at the Roundabout hostel in Highfield, Sheffield, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of its �1 million refurbishment
Staff and residents at the Roundabout hostel in Highfield, Sheffield, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of its �1 million refurbishment
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More homeless youngsters than ever are being given a roof over their head following the refurbishment of a hostel.

Sheffield charity Roundabout has unveiled a £1 million revamp at its home in St Barnabas Road, Highfield - providing better accommodation and improved facilities for vulnerable 16 to 21-year-olds.

One of the biggest benefits is that the charity, which is forced to turn away around 25 young people every week, has increased its bed count from 15 to 19. Every resident in the listed building now has their own bedroom and en-suite bathroom, while communal areas, a training room and new kitchen give the hostel a homely feel.

The charity secured a grant from South Yorkshire Housing Association, but had to raise £300,000 itself towards the refurbishment.

Roundabout moved to a temporary base in Sharrow while work was carried out.

Tracey Jackson, Roundabout’s deputy chief executive, said: “The transformation has been amazing.

“Young people who stayed before the revamp say the improvements make them feel much more valued.”