St. Anne’s very first service was set up in Leeds in 1971 and was focussed on providing support for people who were experiencing homelessness. At that time a group of people identified the need for a daytime refuge for homeless people in addition to refuges. Using available space at St. Anne’s Cathedral in central Leeds, a group of volunteers created a day centre which offered food and a friendly atmosphere where homeless men could come and go freely without pressure. Hence our name St Anne’s!
From that time on, St. Anne’s services in Leeds have developed responding to the changing needs of people experiencing homelessness identifying specific needs and working in partnership with clients and service commissioners to provide for those needs.
In Sheffield single homeless men who require immediate assistance with accommodation can access our hostel Bevin Court which can accommodate 54 men. The service undertake a needs assessment with clients and seek to find appropriate interim and longer term move on accommodation. Bevin Court also has 12 move-on flats and is able to provide ongoing support from the hostel.