Sheffield homeless hostel’s £1m renovation

Youngsters at the revamped Roundabout hostel in Highfields
Youngsters at the revamped Roundabout hostel in Highfields
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An emergency hostel for homeless young people in Sheffield is to be unveiled after a major £1 million revamp.

The formerly rundown facility in Highfield – which is the only direct access hostel for young people aged 16 to 21 in the region – has been transformed with new bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms.

A training space will be used to help homeless teenagers learn independent living skills so they can break the cycle of homelessness.

The hostel is run by charity Roundabout and will be officially opened later this week.

Ben Keegan, Roundabout chief executive, said: “It has been amazing to see the hostel throughout its renovation and now the completed project.

“The renovation has made a huge difference to the young people living there who now have a safe and comfortable place to stay.”

The St Barnabas Road hostel is a safe place for young people when they have nowhere else to go.

They can stay for up to six weeks and be advised by project officers about housing, benefits, substance misuse, sexual health and how to cook on a budget.

However, demand is so high Roundabout has to turn away about 25 people every week.

Owners South Yorkshire Housing Association provided £700,000 of funding towards the project. Another £300,000 was generated through sponsored cycles, fairs and other fundraising.

Sheffield firm Thornbridge Brewery created a new beer to collect cash for the project, and Longley Park Sixth Form College students spent a night sleeping rough to boost the cause.

Supporters will be able to tour the hostel and see how their money has improved it at the opening.