Jill's story (Weds night Soup Kitchen)
Jill from the Wednesday night Soup Kitchen tells her story to Help us Help.
“We have been running Sheffield’s Soup Kitchen on a Wednesday night with a group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers for 4 years now, providing a crucial part of the support availab... Read More
Ben's Centre update - how we are continuing to support people in need
Coronavirus statement from Ben’s Centre
Times have been very challenging for the vulnerable clients that we usually support and equally trying for Ben’s Centre as we move with the times and try to remain at the forefront of meeting client needs despite the man... Read More
Sunday Centre update - how we've changed our service in response to coronavirus
At the Sunday Centre, we typically serve 80-100 hot 2 course dinners to our guests each week. When coronavirus hit and the Government started to talk about social distancing, we very quickly realised that both the physical restrictions posed by the hall from which we operate, and the nature of ou... Read More
Our Covid-19 emergency statement
Help Us Help – Covid-19 emergency response
While accommodation is being provided for rough sleepers, street begging is an ongoing issue that puts both the homeless/vulnerable and wider public at risk. In addition COVID-19 poses a particular risk to many of those who... Read More
Ben's story - #Storiesfromthestreets
#StoriesFromTheStreets - this is a case study that was recently shared at an event organised by VCS who are commissioned by the Local Authority to deliver outreach, supported accommodation and prevention and recovery intervention to some of the most vulnerable people in the city.
Ben's st... Read More
The Lighthouse Project
The Lighthouse Project is a small project in Burngreave, based in The Rock building, which does incredible work in the local community.
Lighthouse open up their doors on Friday mornings because they know of local people that are in crisis, perhaps with addiction issues or problems wi... Read More
My HARC experience
Founded in Sheffield in 1989, HARC provides a safe haven for vulnerable men and women during the day over the Christmas period when other services are closed. Based at the Archer Project, guests are served 3 meals a day, and provided with entertainment and other services.
T... Read More
Progress case studies - Ben's Centre
Progress looks different to all of us. For staff working in Sheffield services and charities supporting homeless and vulnerable people, having a client sit down and accept a cup of tea could be seen as huge progress. They may have been offering that cup of tea for days, weeks or months, and const... Read More
Broomhall Breakfast Club
Every Friday morning between 8-10 am breakfast is served by volunteers from St Mark’s, St Andrew’s and other churches in the hall of St Andrew’s United Reformed Church on Upper Hanover Street.
Now in its 18th year, the Broomhall Breakfast provides a nourishing and sustai... Read More
A note of thanks
#StoriesFromTheStreets - Telling the stories you don't get to hear
Recently someone who had been living on the streets put pen to paper and wrote to one of the Service Managers from Sheffield City Council’s Accommodation and Support Service, thanking the housing team and staff ... Read More
Sheffield's unsung heroes - our volunteers
Services and charities that support vulnerable people living on the streets in Sheffield are full of unsung heroes; everyday people who willingly give their time to help others. Whether that’s chatting to guests at breakfast clubs, sorting donations, or helping prepare and serve meals, ther... Read More
More than a job!
Sheffield services and charities are staffed by motivated and compassionate people who are dedicated to helping vulnerable people move away from a life on the streets. Some of them have experienced similar issues to those being faced by their clients and this real-life experience means they compl... Read More
What this service means to me - #StoriesFromTheStreet
One of the aims of our campaign is to share the experiences of people accessing support through Sheffield services and charities ensuring that we tell their stories authentically, as we hear them. We hope that by humanising the issues of begging and rough sleeping we can educate the general publi... Read More
Chris' story - #StoriesFromTheStreet
Meet Chris – Sheffield born and bred. Working long hours as a security guard whilst the World Snooker Championships are on in the city centre and looking forward to a well-earned week off coming up. Lovely bloke, always willing to stop and chat and share a laugh with passers-by.
Jus... Read More
Evaluation of our Christmas market stall awareness raising campaign
The Help us Help Christmas stall had a presence from 22 to 28 November 2018. Here are the main findings from our evaluation of the campaign.
- Main aim was to raise awareness amongst general public about how to best support those begging or sleeping rough on the streets.
- Th... Read More
Sheffield's Rough Sleeper Initiative
What is The Rough Sleeper Initiative?
In March 2018 the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) announced the creation of a new multi-disciplinary rough sleeper initiative to work intensely with local areas to tackle rough sleeping and to i... Read More
Extra help for rough sleepers - a community response
Last winter, 2017-18, Sheffield City Council worked in partnership with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, the British Red Cross, and Framework to provide somewhere safe and warm for people at risk of rough sleeping, when 'weather watch' was in operation.
The Fire Station is a great lo... Read More
Empathy, care and kindness for vulnerable women - Salvation Army Women's Lifehouse
In many services and supported accommodation providers I have visited, women, their stories and experiences are conspicuous by their absence. The Salvation Army’s women only accommodation was, therefore, a must visit for me, as I wanted to speak to women experiencing homelessness in the cit... Read More
Food and friendship on Sundays - The Sunday Centre
On Sundays in Sheffield, homeless support services are closed. So, if you are homeless or vulnerably housed, socially excluded or in need of company, want somewhere to get warm and sit for a while amongst understanding friends, wish to enjoy a hot drink and a home cooked nourishing meal, then the... Read More
Our outreach teams, out on the streets, daily.
What most people see when they walk around the city centre, through the underpasses, or to catch a train, is people sat on the street, often tucked inside a sleeping bag, begging for change.
Peoples’ reactions can probably be grouped into 2 main themes;
* How awful, that poo... Read More
Support for people with complex lives - 911 Project
As I was buzzed into the 911 Project, the member of staff who let me in apologised – she was mid way through dealing with a client who’s smoke alarm was going off in his flat, and he was refusing entrance to staff who were concerned for his welfare. “We don’t often have fi... Read More
SUPPORT FOR THOSE IN NEED OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY – BLOG BY STEVE CLARK OF THE SUNDAY CENTRE
“Tis the season to be jolly” – well for most of us it is. Once the stress of shopping is over the Christmas holidays are pretty good.
But what about those who are struggling, those without money and perhaps not even a home – what about them? What about people we see sat begg... Read More
Join the Help Us Help Christmas campaign
We’ve joined with city centre businesses on a Christmas campaign that everyone can be part of. Find out more and get involved....
NEWS: Big businesses join campaign to tackle begging and help the homeless
John Lewis, Virgin Money and McDonalds have ... Read More
Steph's Story - 09/06/17
Steph’s story of volunteering at the Cathedral Archer Project: Homelessness is something that I have always thought a lot about so deciding to investigate it for my third year dissertation just made sense and was the perfect opportunity to delve in and find out more. I have always wondered a... Read More