Urgent repairs appeal for homeless charity

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A Sheffield young people’s homeless charity is appealing for donations to help fund an urgent £150,000 project for repairs and renovations to its accommodation service.

Roundabout’s ‘No 11’ building – a safe place for eight longer term residents – is offered as move-on accommodation for young people leaving the charity’s emergency hostel.

But the building is in constant use and now needs £150,000 worth of work to provide a new heating system, kitchens and re-decoration.

To be able to stay at No 11, the young people have to be in education, training or employment. They can live in the semi-independent bedsits for up to one year.

Roundabout chief executive Ben Keegan said: “The important thing about No 11 is that while the young people are given more independence, they are also close to the hostel and receive support from a key worker to help them find suitable longer-term accommodation. At this stage, young people are often working really hard to turn things around, and need a stable environment to stay as they frequently have nowhere else to go.

“By donating, people will be creating a warm and comfortable environment for these young people, and helping to give them the opportunity to progress with their lives.

“We are now appealing to the people of Sheffield to help us in any way they can – and every donation really will make a massive difference.

“People can get involved by choosing us as their charity of the year, organising an event to raise money, or setting up a regular donation.”

The charity supports 150 homeless young people every day and has the only emergency hostel in Sheffield for young homeless people aged 16 to 21. It is located at St Barnabas Road in Highfield, next door to No 11.