Homeless charity in Sheffield expands

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Homeless charity Emmaus Sheffield has completed the latest phase of a £200,000 extension project as demand for its services continues to grow.

Based in the Sipelia Works, a former cutlery factory close to the city’s Canal Basin, Emmaus Sheffield provides a working community with quality, self-contained accommodation, training facilities and a workspace for men and women aged 18 years and over.

It aims through its Social Enterprise programme to provide meaningful work and enable the people it supports - known as companions - to eventually become self-supporting.

Having previously had room for just 14 companions, work has now been completed on four further en-suite rooms - and already all those extra spaces have been filled.

The work has been carried out with the support of Sheffield company Gripple and in honour of that commitment, the entrance to the new section of the complex has been officially re-named the Gripple Gateway.

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

“This new project has added an extra four rooms, a small lounge area and an extra kitchen space.

“That’s four more people we can now help get back on their feet again in 2015 - but already those rooms have been filled, demonstrating quite clearly that the problem of homelessness in a city like Sheffield is not one that is going to go away and which actually appears to be growing.

“To continue providing our current levels of service we really do need the public’s support.

“You can make a donation or you can visit our shop to either give us your unwanted items or pick up a bargain.”