SHELTER FOR HOMELESS OPENS

A PURPOSE-built emergency shelter and information centre for homeless people has been officially opened.

A PURPOSE-built emergency shelter and information centre for homeless people has been officially opened.

The 17-bed shelter on College Road is the result of a partnership between charity the M25 Group, Doncaster Council and South Yorkshire Housing Association.

It also incorporates a resource centre where people can use other services, learn life-skills and which provides a base for other

organisations working with the homeless, including health, training and education agencies.

Director of the M25 Group Jim Steinke said: "This development is a demonstration of Doncaster people's commitment to solving one of the worst problems in our society.

"It is not just that people are homeless, but that a range of other problems can prevent them playing a fuller part in society and being excluded from a number of things we may take for granted."

CAPTION: Open house: Mayor of Doncaster Coun Maureen Edgar cuts the ribbon of the new

shelter watched by council leader Colin Wedd, left, and Jim Steinke of the M25 Group. (D412MB)