Homeless charity given cash boost

Good cause: Sara Sherratt and Tracy Viner from the Cathedral Archer Project with Help A Child Have A Chance.
Good cause: Sara Sherratt and Tracy Viner from the Cathedral Archer Project with Help A Child Have A Chance.
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A PROJECT in Sheffield will be getting support with its work among formerly homeless women after receiving a £1,000 grant through The Star’s 12 Days of Christmas charity giveaway.

The Archer Project, which is based at Sheffield Cathedral, will be using the cash to help mothers improve their relationships with their children by volunteering and taking part in regular meetings.

Sheffield charity Help A Child Have A Chance has teamed up with The Star for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, offering groups that work with young people the chance of receiving a share of £10,000.

Nominations flooded in after an appeal last month and the recipients of the charity cash are now being revealed.

The Archer Project was nominated by its marketing and development manager Tracy Viner, who said the grant will pay for venue hire for parent and toddler activities, trips to play centres and childcare sessions.

She said: “The work in 2011 has benefited three women who maintain custody of their children and three women who have limited or no access to their children.”

Tracy said volunteering will help the previously homeless women learn new skills as well as boosting their confidence.

“The role includes looking after the laundry and lounge, managing clients, keeping the area tidy and possibly supporting work in the kitchen or canteen,” she added.

The Archer project helps more than 50 homeless and vulnerable people a day by offering hot meals‚ health groups and numeracy and literacy classes.

It launched more than 20 years ago, and originated when the Cathedral congregation began giving toast and tea to the homeless who came in for shelter during morning services.

Users of the Archer Project include alcohol and substance abusers, street workers, people with learning difficulties and disabilities, refugees and failed asylum seekers of all backgrounds and ages.

Last month the charity featured in the Channel 4 television programme Secret Millionaire when Dr Chai Patel, former boss of the Priory Clinic, presented staff with a cheque for £45,000 to help with costs and run a medical programme.

n See Monday’s edition of The Star for another 12 Days of Christmas winner.