Roundabout first opened its doors to young homeless people in Sheffield on 4 January l977. In l976, Sheffield Family Housing Association, now South Yorkshire Housing Association Ltd, indicated it was willing to join Sheffield Youth Development Trust in seeking accommodation and hence, by January l977, the first Roundabout opened.
The first Roundabout had three beds and an outside toilet. Roundabout now has a Hostel, Resettlement Team as well as a Supporting Tenants Team for any young person in the city moving into or already living in their own tenancy, including council, housing association or private rented. The Hostel is now in its third home, occupying four adjoining terraced houses close to Sheffield city centre. We also have a specialist worker based within the Youth Justice Service, who works with young offenders and care leavers around housing.
Prevention is important to Roundabout, so in June 2014 we opened our Homeless Prevention Service which offers family mediation and advice for young people at risk of becoming homeless. Our Peer Education project works with current and previous service users to deliver sessions in schools to breakdown stereotypes around homelessness and explain prevention.