Roundabout is a youth housing charity that provides shelter, support and life skills to young people in Sheffield.
The charity support over 150 young people everyday in Sheffield and are the only service in Sheffield who accepts homeless 16 and 17 year olds on an emergency basis.
Roundabout will use the funding to develop their Youth Homeless Prevention Project. Launched in June 2014, the Youth Homeless Prevention Service offers family mediation and advice for young people aged 16 to 24 who are at risk of becoming homeless.
Roundabout CEO, Ben Keegan, said: “It has been extremely difficult for us to gain funds in recent years, so we’re delighted to have been successful with this bid. This is sustainable funding for the next five years, meaning we’ll be able to help thousands of vulnerable young people and make Sheffield one of the leading centres for youth homelessness prevention”.
“Early intervention is key which is what our prevention service is so vital”.
Around £49 million from the Big Lottery Fund will be shared amongst organisations across England and the funding will support them to help improve their local communities and the lives of people most in need.
Quintina Crozier, the Homeless Prevention Service Manager, said: “Roundabout strongly believes that, as long as it is safe, the best place for a young person to be is at home with their family”.
“We offer various services, all which aim to prevent a young person from becoming homeless in the first place”.
Roundabout says that 65% of the people they support have become homeless because of problems with their family and relationship breakdowns.
Based on Union Street near the Peace Gardens, the Prevention Service run drop-in sessions in the afternoon where young people can go for housing advice.