South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has visited a centre in Sheffield to find out about the work it does to help the homeless and vulnerable.
Dr Alan Billings spent time at St Wilfrid’s Centre on Queens Road and said it was invaluable in helping to divert people in the city away from lives of crime.
He has donated cash to the centre through his ‘grant scheme,’ to support the work of the charity.
Dr Billings said: “St Wilfrid’s is providing a unique service helping individuals in the most difficult of circumstances.
“The centre enables some of the most vulnerable people in the community take back some control over their lives and find a new dignity.
“I also note the way the centre diverts some from a way of life that might easily lead them into crime - which is why they received some funding from the Commissioner’s grant scheme.
“For the same reason I also strongly support their efforts to build a residential centre that will complement the work of the centre.”
The centre offers help and support to men and women aged between 16 and 80, and up to 80 use it every day.
It provides 44,000 meals each year, with some of the food produced on allotments which clients help on.
Regular courses and classes are also held.
There are hopes to build a residential unit where homeless people could live for two years while attending courses and classes at the day centre to help provide some stability to their lives.
Kevin Bradley, Director of St Wilfrid’s said: “Dr Billing showed great interest in our work and he was amazed at what we do for homeless and vulnerable people in South Yorkshire.”