Roundabout is South Yorkshire’s youth homeless charity, providing shelter, support and life skills to young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Before Bangers and Cash 2018 we were supporting 180 young people every day, today we support 250 young people every day and we have given advice, support and housing to over 600 young people in the last 12 months.
We focused our Bangers and Cash fundraising on homelessness prevention. We know that if we can stop young people slipping into homelessness in the first place, it is much easier for them to rebuild and live fulfilling lives without the need for support services like Roundabout long into their futures.
Our Homeless Prevention Service in Sheffield supports young people by providing advice, mediation and homeless education in schools with our ground-breaking Peer Education project. Whilst the drop-in service is there for anyone who needs support and advice, we found that not all vulnerable young people were coming to the drop-in to seek help. Sadly, last year we began to see young people sleeping rough in the centre of Sheffield. On the back of this, we developed a new street outreach team and now have dedicated rapid rehousing workers who actively go out into the community, identify homeless young people who need intensive support and help them to access accommodation and develop their long term living skills. Through their hard work and dedication, we successfully housed every young person that we found. Sheffield is now the only city in England that consistently reports that nobody under 25 sleeps rough and that is in no small part thanks to the funds raised by all the participants in the 2018 rally!
But it’s tough, we are finding more and more young people who have had terrible childhoods and have much higher support needs than ever before. It will be a real challenge to keep our streets free from homeless young people in the future…but we are up for that challenge if you are!
By taking part in Bangers and Cash 2020, you will be helping to raise funds to sustain current services and expand Roundabout’s prevention work to fulfil our commitment that no young person in the Sheffield City Region should have to experience homelessness.
Learn more about Roundabout at www.roundabouthomeless.org
We support over 250 young
people every day