Have a heart for Ben’s this Valentine’s Day- Become a Trustee!

Situated in North Church St, Ben’s is the only ‘damp centre’ in Sheffield city centre- open to men and women under the influence of alcohol but needing to get off the streets. The team of staff and volunteers offer advice on housing issues, often liaising between the client and the local services; access to medical services and therapy for substance misuse; hot food and a listening ear.

Currently Ben’s Centre are hoping to expand their board of trustees. Ben’s are looking for people from a diverse background and you do not need to have experience of Homeless or the Voluntary Sector. Health and Safety, Personnel Skills, Legal or Financial are just a few of the areas of knowledge and experience that Ben’s could use.

If you feel you have the skills and experience that will contribute to the ongoing work of this important project and would like to be a trustee, please contact Daryl Bishop at benscentre.org

Caption: Meet some of the hardworking staff at Ben’s Centre to get a feel for this rewarding work

Sue Smith, Project Manager, been with Ben’s Centre ‘not long enough!’

“This job can sometimes be a crazy one, once I was accused of poisoning a client although I didn’t touch his food or have any reason to! When I asked him why I would, he said ‘I don’t know, you’re twisted.’ It really highlighted that sometimes even though you’re trying to help, it’s difficult for clients to recognize that- it can sometimes feel like a thankless task. But then you have a moment where an old client goes into a home and stops drinking entirely to make real friends, and it’s those you really work for. Any one of my clients could have been me had I gone down a different path, and it’s the human connection that we want to foster and work with here at Ben’s Centre. We care about our clients and want to support them.”

Daryl, Senior Practitioner, been with Ben’s Centre for six years

“I am forty years old and still am trying to get my head around the fact! I have two young girls who are the light of my life. I often have moments when I question myself but at the end of the day I wouldn’t like to think my clients were unsupported; somebody needs to be there and right now, one of those somebodies is me. Recently a client remembered that I used to sing ‘Dirty old town’ to my kids when they were babies. For a client so entrenched in street life to remember something so detached from their own life was quite touching- reinforcing that these are people at the end of the day, and I want to help them.”