A Sheffield homeless charity is launching a £1.7 million campaign to extend its services - and help save a major industrial heritage site for future generations.
Based in Sipelia Works, a former cutlery factory close to the canal basin, Emmaus Sheffield provides a working community of previously homeless people with quality, self-contained accommodation, training facilities and a workspace.
It aims to enable the people it supports – known as companions - to eventually become self-supporting once more.
The charity currently has space for 13 companions and wants to raise that number to 17.
But Sipelia Works, a Grade II listed building and one of the last surviving 19th century cutlery factory sites in the Steel City, has structural problems that need to be resolved before work on the new project begins.
Manager Graham Bostock said services currently cost £312,000 every year to run, but added: “If we are to expand and develop we need to utilise all the space we have here and that means a major investment.”
Architects anticipate that carrying out a full programme of refurbishment and conversion to create further accommodation as well as working space and meeting rooms will cost £1.7 million.
“This site has the potential to become not just the home of Emmaus for many years to come but also a major public space for people and organisations to use,” Graham said.
Anybody interested in supporting the campaign should contact Graham on 0114 272 0667.
Visit www.emmaus-sheffield.org.uk for more information.