Sheffield charity’s delight at £200,000 project

Emmaus Sheffield's  Graham Bostock.
Emmaus Sheffield's Graham Bostock.
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A Sheffield homeless charity has completed a £200,000 project as demand for its services continues to grow.

Emmaus Sheffield, based in the historic Sipelia works close to the city’s canal basin, previously had room for 14 people.

However, thanks to help from Sheffield firm Gripple, has a new kitchen and lounge area and four new en­suite rooms which have already been filled.

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

Although the new facilities will help to get those people back on their feet, Mr Bostock said the high demand demonstrates homelessness is a problem in Sheffield that is not going away.

Mr Bostock said: “There is not one single day that goes by that somebody doesn’t ask if we have a vacancy.”

Emmaus helps people gain self-­reliance and self­respect by providing a home, work and companionship, in return for the promise of staying off drink and drugs.

Occupants are also asked to work hard in the community business, where they repair furniture and electrical goods which are then sold in the community shop.

Mr Bostock said: “To continue providing our service we need support. People can visit our shop to either give us your unwanted items or pick up a bargain.”

n See www.emmaus­sheffield.org.uk