Homeless prevention service in Sheffield hailed a success

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A Sheffield charity’s new homeless prevention service has been hailed a success less than a year after it opened.

The service, run by Roundabout from its Union Street base in the city centre, was launched last summer to offer advice and support to young people aged 16 to 21 who are close to becoming homeless due to the breakdown of family relationships.

In the first six months, the centre gave advice and guidance to almost 200 people.

The service aims to help young people return to their families when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

It offers mediation between youngsters and their parents, devising solutions that will enable a safe return.

Young people are found alternative accomnodation if they are unable to return home.

In the first six months, advice was offered to 163 young people, 12 enquiries came from parents and there were 21 professional queries support services.

Chief executive Ben Keegan said: “We have a commitment to try to end homelessness for young people in Sheffield. This new service is an essential new addition to our support network and one that is already proving invaluable.

“We always do our upmost to help young people stay with their families but for those that aren’t able to return home we help them find alternative accommodation that will keep them safe and supported.

“The benefits of staying in the family home, particularly for 16 and 17-year-olds are huge.

“The young people will have much higher chances of achieving educational success, for instance, if they are able to stay in the family home and have a healthy relationship with their parents.”