Colleagues from Great Places attended the official launch of St Wilfrid’s Place, a £2 million housing project in Sheffield.
The project is an extension of St Wilfrid’s Centre, a charity which is open daily to homeless, vulnerable or socially excluded adults. The new scheme will offer 20 apartments, managed by Great Places, to those with a history of homelessness – giving them a place to stay for up to two years and a chance to learn important independent living skills.
All of the apartments are completely self-contained. There are also communal rooms where residents can interact with other clients and a training kitchen on the ground floor where they can learn basic cooking skills.
The money for the scheme was raised over the course of a decade through support from grants, local businesses, fundraising by local volunteers and even a surprise large-sum donation presented on Channel 4’s The Secret Millionaire.
Dozens of those who donated or contributed to the project attended the launch, alongside the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Cllr Anne Murphy and Rt Rev Ralph Heskett Bishop of Hallam.
Chief Executive Matt Harrison said:
“The amazing turnout at the launch really demonstrated how special St Wilfrid’s is to Sheffield. The story behind the scheme and the money raised by the St Wilfrid’s Centre is inspiring and makes this a particularly exciting project for Great Places to get involved in. To be able to bring the building to life – to turn it from bricks and mortar into a place where people will find sanctuary and care – makes me incredibly proud.”