With June being Father's Day and men being 80% more likely to be directly impacted by homelessness, if felt like Cathedral Archer Project was the perfect fit for our June boxes.
A charity established 40 years ago to support Sheffield's homeless, Cathedral Archer Project has grown from strength to strength and is a place where homeless people can change their lives for the better.
1980’s Sheffield was a decade of decline. Its industry reduced at an alarming rate leaving in its wake rising levels of unemployment, poverty and poor health.
By 1989 Sheffield Cathedral had become a regular place of shelter for people who had nowhere else to go and nothing to do. The congregation responded by providing them with a basic breakfast. The Archer Project quickly established itself as a city centre venue where homeless people felt welcome. What started as tea and toast served by members of the Cathedral congregation has developed and expanded into a holistic service designed to help homeless people to improve their lives.
In 2007 the project moved in to their own purpose built premises within the Cathedral containing showers and laundry services, interview rooms for 1-1 work, a lounge area with computers, a professional kitchen, a medical room and an education/activity room. It has allowed them to work with many other agencies and provided a service of greater breadth and depth than they were previously capable of.
Today they continue to think carefully about the best ways to help homeless people to lead fulfilling, stable and enjoyable lives.
Their basic services include 1-1 support and signposting, provision of in-house nurse and dental clinics, and access to hot food and showers. They run a programme of activities to help people learn skills and enjoy new experiences and gain accreditation. Whilst also offering a structured volunteer programme to help people to grow their confidence and increase their employability.
They also received Investing in Volunteers status in 2013!
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