A group of homeless people living in tents near Park Hill flats have been evicted by Sheffield Council after organisers were told to clear the site. The informal camping site for the homeless started in October last year and became known as Tent City. The site was closed down a few weeks later by organisers after the local authority stepped in to offer support for the homeless occupants. After tents reappeared in December the Council told organisers to clear the site or face a £2,000 fine. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Tent City organiser and homelessness campaigner Anthony Cunningham.
Three young student entrepreneurs from Sheffield Hallam University have launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund the rehabilitation of a homeless man. Their aim is to raise £3,000 to provide three months accommodation, clothing, personal and employment support. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to James Radford and Jordan Smith.
Sheffield Tent City, the camp set up outside Park Hill flats has packed up as residents have now been offered alternative accommodation. A solitary tent and an old caravan remain on the site set up to provide a safe place to sleep for the city’s homeless and raise public awareness of homelessness. The initiative was boosted by donations of food and blankets from the general public. Sheffield City Council has offered accommodation to all of the Tent City residents. Organiser Anthony Cunningham has pledged to set up a new shelter for the homeless. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
The Sheffield homelessness charity, Roundabout, have opened their ‘Number 11’ refurbished flats at the charities hostel on St Barnabas Road. The ribbon was cut by Sheffield Lord Mayor, Councillor Denis Fox together with a young resident of the flats. Number 11 consists of five self-contained flats with eight bedrooms, next door to the main hostel. The charity provides emergency and medium-stay accommodation for homeless single young people, aged 16 to 21. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Scott Clark, hostel team leader at Roundabout.
South Yorkshire charity Safe@Last have announced they will merge with the UK Depaul charity, part of a charitable group which operates in seven countries. Safe@Last support runaway children, young people and their families from a base in Dinngington. Depaul also tackle homelessness and currently have a strong presence in South Yorkshire with their homelessness hub on Eyre Street. In the UK, an estimated 100,000 children and young people a year run away from home or care. Shamaan Freeman Powell reports for Sheffield Live!
Musicians in Sheffield are playing a special gig in support of people facing homelessness as part of a national campaign. Local band manager Neil Raymond Clarke, who has himself previously experienced homelessness in London, and Rachel Brown from Northern Exposure magasine are co-hosting the Sheffield event, one of many happening across the UK under the banner ‘Musicians against Homelessness’. The events are the brain child of former Creation Records boss Alan McGee. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
A new charity project, Nightstop South Yorkshire, has been launched for young people facing homelessness in Sheffield. The project set up by charity Depaul UK will provide emergency accommodation for those who face sleeping on the streets or other unsafe places. It will operate through a network of volunteer hosts prepared to offer young homeless people a safe place for the night. The Lord Mayor of Sheffield and Labour MP Clive Betts were among others attending the launch. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
The Archer project, a Sheffield charity for homeless and vulnerable people, has won a £60,000 grant from Lloyds Banking Group. The charity will receive £20,000 a year for the next three years to help homeless and other vulnerable people across the city. The Archer Project helps people in need of food and shelter and also supports the homeless to gain valuable skills. They rely mainly on donations from members of the public. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Tracey Viner, Marketing and Development Manager.
An art exhibition with a difference has launched today at Theatre DELLI-CAT-ESSON on The Moor. ‘Art in Crisis’ showcases the work done by homeless people who are supported by charity, ‘Crisis.’ There’ll be many performances and workshops over the next couple of weeks, to get the public involved and raise awareness of homelessness.
A new creative writing group which has been meeting at the Archer Project has released its first book of memoirs, fiction and poetry. The group called Unscribe has received funding from Sheffield Hallam Student Union.