Come and join us at SLEEPOUT UNITED! which St Wilfrid’s Centre is proud to be partnering with Roundabout charity, The Blades and Sheffield United Community Foundation. 

We are asking you to register to experience sleeping rough for a night inside Bramall Lane.  Swap your bed for a seat in row zzzzzz or cosy up in front of the stands.  You might even sleep on the concourse for the night, all to raise money for two very important local charities.

The event is taking place on Friday, 10 April from 8pm to 7am the following day.

There will be entertainment, the opportunity to meet special guests from the sporting world and hot drinks to keep you warm!

(l-r) John Brayford, Marc NcNulty, Kevin Bradley, of St Wilfrid's Centre, Mark Todd, head of community foundation at Sheffield United, Amy Casbolt, of Roundabout, Chris Basham and Mark Howard at the launch of Sleep Out United at Bramall Lane Football Ground. Picture: Andrew Roe

Sheffield United’s Managing Director, Mal Brannigan has already signed up for the Sleepout along with the team’s mascot, Captain Blade.  The players are all fully behind the venture and took part recently at the launch held at Bramall Lane.  United Goalkeeper, Mark Howard said, “Becoming homeless can happen to anyone.  I have been involved with St Wilfrid’s on a number of occasions and have seen the difference they make, and I know Roundabout does some great work with younger people as well.  I am sure that this will be a great success and anyone wishing to take part will need to register early.”

Tell your friends, family and colleagues to donate and support you in your unique challenge, knowing that every penny you raise will help St Wilfrid’s Centre and Roundabout to support those who need it most.

For more information, or to register for the event, please go to http://www.active.com/sheffield-southyorkshire/races/sleepout-united-2015.


Commissioner Billings Visits St Wilfrid’s

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Dr Alan Billings (left) meets Kevin Bradley, Director of St Wilfrid’s Centre


The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings visited St Wilfrid’s Centre on Thursday, 19 February to see the work they do with homeless and vulnerable people.

Speaking on his visit to the Centre Dr Alan Billings said, “St Wilfrid’s are providing a unique service helping individuals in the most difficult of circumstances.  The Centre enables some of the most vulnerable people in the community take back some control over their lives and find a new dignity.  As Police and Crime Commissioner I also note the way the Centre diverts some from a way of life that might easily lead them into crime – which is why they received some funding from the Commissioner’s Grant Scheme.  For the same reason I also strongly support their efforts to build a residential Centre that will complement the work of the Centre.”

The Centre, situated in Sheffield, provides support and advice as a full day care opportunity for adults aged 18-65 years.  Up to 80 men and women use the Centre each day from all backgrounds.  People are encouraged to call in daily to receive training in life skills and receive valuable support from trained case-workers and volunteers.

Since the project began back in 1991, there have been over 240,000 individual visits to the Centre.  St Wilfrid’s provide 44,000 meals and snacks each year served in the fully equipped café and dining room.  They grow their own fresh produce in allotments and pour in excess of over 113,000 cups of tea and coffee each year.

Kevin Bradley, Director of St Wilfrid’s, said, “Dr Billings showed great interest in our work and was amazed at what we do for homeless and vulnerable people in South Yorkshire.”

Recipe for Success at St Wilf’s

St Wilfrid’s Centre for the homeless and vulnerable recently welcomed the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, John Bramah, along with his wife, Julia for a tour of the facilities at the Centre.

The High Sheriff was overwhelmed by his visit and particularly enjoyed the food that was on offer when he paid a visit to the kitchen under the watchful eye of Director, Kevin Bradley.

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The High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, John Bramah and his wife, Julia, sample the food at St Wilfrid’s with Director, Kevin Bradley

A three course meal is served each day to clients and for many it is the only hot meal they will get.  St Wilfrid’s continues to support 50 to 80 clients each day and boasts more activities under one roof than probably any other day centre in England.

Kevin said, “It was great to have the High Sheriff and his wife with us on their visit and it is really pleasing that people of rank and position find time for projects such as ours.  It never fails to give the clients a lift, knowing that VIPs are taking an interest.”