Sheffield homeless charity Roundabout helped me get where I am

Lee, of Sheffield
Lee, of Sheffield
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A Sheffield man has spoken out about how Roundabout Homeless charity helped him to turn his life around.

The man, named only as Lee, was 16-years-old when his mum, with whom he had a strained relationship, wrote a letter to Sheffield City Council stating that, following constant arguments between the two of them, she didn’t think they could live under the same roof anymore. Not wanting him to sleep rough - she helped him access Roundabout’s hostel.

A spokesman for the charity said: “At that time, Roundabout’s hostel was very different to the hostel we have today. It consisted of bedrooms downstairs with flats upstairs and the young people living there had to be out of the building during the day.

“Lee started off in one of the downstairs bedrooms but was quickly given the opportunity to move into one of the flats upstairs, which gave him more privacy and independence. The staff at the hostel had seen how well he was progressing, he also took part in a Youth Training Scheme, which was a government funded scheme that gave young people training and employability skills.

“After about 18 months, Roundabout helped Lee to move into his first flat where he stayed for over ten years. When the council needed the flat back, they helped him to find a two-bed maisonette where he stayed for a further ten years.”

“I don’t move around much,” laughed Lee recently.

Now aged 44, Lee has been working for Corporation Night Club for over 20 years. He has been happily married for ten years and says he looks back on his time at Roundabout with fondness.

“Without Roundabout I wouldn’t be where I am today. You get lots of support prepare you for the future. They were good times.”