Sheffield charity sets £200,000 target to tackle youth homelessness

A youth homeless charity based in Sheffield needs to raise £200,000 this financial year to continue providing young people with housing, support and life skills.

The Roundabout charity aims to help homeless people regain their independence, step by step. Many who start in the charity’s hostel on London Road are eventually encouraged to set up their own home in one of the charity’s flats next door.

They are offered on-going support through key workers, whether this be support with alcohol dependence or simply finding work.

Caitlin Hodgkinson, from Roundabout, said: “We’ve been fundraising for four years to ensure we’re able to continue to provide a high level of service”.

The Circle – HQ of youth homeless charity, Roundabout, on Rockingham Lane

The charity is now stepping up its fundraising after losing grant income because of Sheffield City Council cuts. Caitlin Hodgkinson says they need to raise £200,000 this year to cover their costs.

Nick Banks will host a fundraising Christmas quiz on behalf of the charity tonight. The drummer joined the Sheffield band Pulp from 1986 and championed the ‘common people’ alongside Jarvis Cocker.

People attending the quiz at Queens Social Club tonight will also be offered pie and peas.

The charity also offers a transitional housing service in Doncaster, which helps support young people who are preparing to leave care.

Roundabout’s recent sleep-out event raised the issue of youth homelessness by allowing people to put themselves in the shoes of a homeless person and ‘brave the cold winter night’. The charity’s flagship event took place in Sheffield on 3rd November and will return next year. Roundabout celebrate their fortieth anniversary this January.