South Yorkshire High Sheriff applauds education project.

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THE High Sheriff of South Yorkshire has congratulated a Sheffield homelessness charity that launched a new education project aimed at getting people back into full time work.

Emmaus helps formerly homeless people find somewhere safe and welcoming to live and rediscover their dignity through being part of a working community geared towards becoming self-sufficient.

Based close to Sheffield’s Canal Basin, Emmaus currently has about 14 residents – ‘companions’ – who work in return for their room and food.

Three of the companions, plus two Emmaus staff, have just completed a City and Guilds level two diploma in health and social care, and received their certificates from High Sheriff Julie Kenny when she made an official visit to the Cadman Street site.

Lee Bostock, Emmaus deputy manager, said: “They now have the qualifications to be able to get themselves back into the full workplace and we are very proud of what they have achieved.”

There are now plans to extend the scheme further – but £10,000 is needed to take four companions to level three and to launch another group on level two studies.

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