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Ben's story - #Storiesfromthestreets

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

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

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 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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

Tom's story - #StoriesFromTheStreet

Tom's story - #StoriesFromTheStreet

You may recall that we have previously shared details about the Friday Breakfast Club at St Andrews Church on Upper Hanover Street in Sheffield, along with stories about their work and the support they offer. 

... Read More
Evaluation of our Christmas market stall awareness raising campaign

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

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

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

A place of sanctuary and support - Ben's Centre

A place of sanctuary and support - Ben's Centre

Reading back over my notes from my morning spent at Ben’s Centre chatting to staff, volunteers and guests, there’s one word that stands out above... Read More

Hand up, not hand out - Big Issue North

Hand up, not hand out - Big Issue North

Hardly a day goes by without me seeing a Big Issue North vendor working, how about you?

Vendors have become part of the visual fabric of the city. There’s one based at my local Tesco just down the road, and ... Read More

Hot soup, sandwiches and much more - Sheffield Churches Soup Kitchen

Hot soup, sandwiches and much more - Sheffield Churches Soup Kitchen

From humble beginnings 31 years ago, with a couple of volunteers walking the city at night, flasks of hot soup in hands to offer to people on the streets, the Sheffield Churches So... Read More

The Salvation Army Lifehouse; more than just a home

The Salvation Army Lifehouse; more than just a home

The Salvation Army run two Lifehouses – accommodation and tailored support for people experiencing homelessness - in the city; one for men in ... Read More

Empathy, care and kindness for vulnerable women - Salvation Army Women's Lifehouse

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

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.

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

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

Holistic support that 'saves people' at the Archer Project

Holistic support that 'saves people' at the Archer Project

The Archer Project, based behind Sheffield Cathedral, started out in 1989 simply as tea and toast being provided to homeless and vulnerable people who congregate... Read More

Helping vulnerable people achieve extraordinary things -TASC

Helping vulnerable people achieve extraordinary things -TASC

TASC, Target and Action for Safer Communities, provide supported accommodation in Sheffield to ex-offenders in the main, but also to rou... Read More

SUPPORT FOR THOSE IN NEED OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY – BLOG BY STEVE CLARK OF THE SUNDAY CENTRE

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

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 - 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