Project helps homeless

Homeless people who have been given a fresh start by a new education and employability project celebrated their achievements at an event held at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.

The scheme run by national charity Crisis has seen activities and courses run in hostels and day centres across the county.

The programme launched last autumn has included creative art classes, designed to boost confidence, amd employability sessions highlighting interview skills and advice on CVs.

So far more than 250 people have taken part in the sessions, titled Crisis Skylight South Yorkshire.

The Crucible event was held for participants, charity workers, volunteers and supporters.

Tony Higgins, who has been through the programme, said: “When I lost my home four years ago I hit rock bottom. I was living on the streets – I thought I had no future.

“Since coming to Crisis, my confidence has gone up, up, up. I’ve done loads of classes in money management, maths, English, even art. This event was just lovely – a lovely celebration and lovely people.”

Crisis director Mandy Carlson added: “It was a joy to celebrate the steps that our clients have taken towards piecing their lives back together.

“Our event served as a fantastic reminder that, with the right help and support, people who are homeless can change their lives for the better.”