Centre boost for homeless

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A NEW housing centre for the homeless in Barnsley has undergone an £80,000 refurbishment to fit it out with a host of new training facilities.

Mayor of Barnsley Coun Karen Dyson opened the new facilities at the Holden House housing and training centre in Race Street, Barnsley, which provides temporary housing and support to 42 homeless men and women.

As part of the revamp the centre, run by Riverside ECHG social housing company, has had a new training kitchen, IT resource centre, and counselling rooms.

Wendy Heritage-Stevens, area manager for the firm, said: “These new facilities will help transform people’s lives.

“The facilities include a fully equipped kitchen which means we are able to help our residents learn to prepare meals on a budget.”