A recovering alcoholic who is committed to helping Sheffield people battling with addiction has been invited to the royal wedding.
Steven Collier-Ellen founded The Sheffield Jesus Centre in Broomhall on Broomspring Lane in 2011. The aim of the centre is to welcome people from all different walks of life, irrespective of whether they are religious or not.
He set up the Christian centre after his own battle with alcoholism almost cost him his own life.
In an interview, Mr Collier-Ellen said: “I felt God saying to me: ‘I’m with you, through all this, I’ve been with you’”.
Mr Collier-Ellen added: “We are open three days a week but in essence we are open seven days a week. We are a church for the poor and we believe in justice for all people. It is all about integration and social cohesion. We are here to share the gospel and our primary purpose is to spread the word of Jesus. Everyone is God’s Children.”
The centre offers a range of free services: a drop-in facility, laundry services, food, showers, access to electronics and a Skills Suite with IT facilities.
In addition to this, The Sheffield Jesus Centre aims to give people a second chance in life through education. Courses offered by the centre include: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Grow-Cook-Sew, and one-to-one tuition for IT, Numeracy and Literacy.
Alongside this, there are a range of support groups tailored to people of different age groups and cultural interests within the local community.
The Sheffield branch represents one of five centres. Centres are based far and wide, including Birmingham, Northampton, London and Coventry.
One month before the royal wedding which is on the 19 May 2018, Mr Collier-Ellen has received his invitation to the big day.
Mr Collier-Ellen is one of eight people in South Yorkshire invited to witness the big day in all its grandeur.
More information on The Sheffield Jesus Centre can be found on http://jesuscentre.org.uk/sheffield-jesus-centre