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About Cathedral Archer Project

We help homeless people achieve a better life by supporting them to:

  • Develop their independence
  • Improve their ability to tackle setbacks
  • Improve their ability to identify and change negative behaviour
  • Improve their wellbeing


We get to know people because we want them to realise that they can trust us to help them. When people trust us they are more willing to take part in activities and seek 1-1 support to address their issues. Typically issues will include:

  • Lack of accommodation
  • Broken family relationships
  • History of offending
  • Poor mental and physical health
  • Substance misuse

 

Services and Activities

We offer a tailored service because we know everybody’s needs are different. There are some things that are generally helpful to everybody. Learning and doing activities builds confidence and improves health, volunteering gives people responsibility and a sense of purpose, and 1:1 support from a project worker means specific issues can be tackled. In some cases we introduce people to other service providers who will also help them make progress.

In the end the aim is for people to live stable, fulfilling and enjoyable lives.

There are a lot of services on offer. These include:

  • Assessment and signposting to appropriate service providers
  • 1:1 support
  • In-house nurse and dental clinics
  •  Access to hot food, drinks and food parcels
  • Showers and laundry
  • A programme of activities to help people learn skills and enjoy new experiences
  • The chance to gain accredited awards
  • A structured volunteer programme which helps people to gain structure in their lives.
  • Support to attend drug and alcoholic treatment services
  • Access to computers and telephones
Project Services

Project Services

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Step Forward

Step Forward

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The Partner Programme

The Partner Programme

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Stable Accommodation & Lifestyles

Stable Accommodation & Lifestyles

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Breakthrough

Breakthrough

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How We Started

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.  Alan Turner, a Church Army Captain, was tasked with overseeing the breakfast and working with those who attended. 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 we moved in to our own purpose build 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 us to work with many other agencies and provided a service of greater breadth and depth than we were previously capable of.

Today we continue to think carefully about the best ways to help homeless people to lead fulfilling, stable and enjoyable lives.

Our basic services include 1-1 support and signposting, provision of in-house nurse and dental clinics, and access to hot food and showers. We run a programme of activities to help people learn skills and enjoy new experiences and gain accreditation. We offer a structured volunteer programme to help people to grow their confidence and increase their employability. We received Investing in Volunteers status in 2013.