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We are Bens Centre


A home for those who have forgotten what home is.

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We are Bens Centre


A home for those who have forgotten what home is.

Founded in 1996, what was then know as Ben’s Place, was set up by ‘Ben’ PC Ian Sherman. Ben (as he was dubbed by drinkers on his patch) was the town hall bobby, which at the time was a regular haunt for city street drinkers. After witnessing the cycle of arrests of street drinkers for them only to return to the streets, Ben recognised the need for a different approach.

“The cycle needed to change, so I spoke to the street drinkers and asked them what exactly they wanted. They told me they wanted a place of stability, somewhere to call home and where they felt safe with people of their own kind who understood their difficult lifestyle, and with that information I started the drop in centre.” - Ian (Ben) Sherman

Since then, Ben’s Centre has grown substantially in reach and range of services. We work with some of the most vulnerable people in our city, offering them support with substance misuse, alcoholism, homelessness and much more. Our holistic and none judgemental approach is essential to how we work with clients and enrich their lives.

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What we're up to


What we're up to

What we're up to


What we're up to

Ben's Centre is 21!! 

 

That’s right folks Ben’s centre have been supporting the vulnerable adults in Sheffield for 21 years! We have a series of events and activities going on to mark the momentous occasion. First up we have designed and built an exhibit to be installed in Weston Park Museum and we would like you to see it!

The piece revolves around our work with the homeless and our partnerships with the many fine agencies in Sheffield. We will be opening the exhibit on 16th October at 2pm with the help of John Shuttleworth who is a patron of Ben’s Centre and has been chomping at the bit to cut the ribbon and see us through and into our 22nd year of service.

We hope you can attend the opening ceremony but if you cannot make it don’t worry, the exhibit will be there for plenty of time!

 

New projects 

 

Unfortunately our work at Carbrook has come to an abrupt end as all the charities using the space have been given a months notice! Many of the partnerships we have been working on are still in place and we aim to keep them running, these include work with 'Telltrend' and 'Blend'. This minor disaster serves to remind us how difficult it is for charities in these difficuly times, we really do need all the help we can get! If there's anyone out there in Sheffield city centre with premises or even car parking space that we can make use of, please get in touch!

On a happier note, we have been successfully working with a local home Ed group recently. We have run a cookery class with the help of many fabulous individuals over the last few weeks. They learn and in return they have provided a meal for our clients each week, we're so pleased to have been working alongside these talented kids and adults!

 

 
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Meet the trustees


Meet the trustees

Meet the trustees


Meet the trustees

Ben Sherman

(Chair)

‘Ben’ or Ian as his name is really, is the Ben behind Ben’s Centre. Ben worked as a police officer for a good number of years in the City Centre during which he supported a ‘self-help’ group which eventually came to be ‘Bens’ Centre’. Ben has worked tirelessly for our client group being an active member of our Management Committee for many years. We will be featuring the full story on our blog of how Ben’s started… that is when Mr Sherman writes it for us!! Ben’s vision and compassion was foundational in the Centre getting started. Ben is still working, not as a Police Officer anymore, but in the Voluntary Sector.


Jayne Sherman

Jayne is a retired business woman with a passion for Sheffield and all that she turns her hand to. She is well travelled and works well in any team.  As well as being a valued trustee Jayne volunteers at Ben’s Centre and has a heart as warm as her oven, which occasionally produces some pretty amazing food! Dependable and a solid foundation of Ben’s Centre, Jayne is a person you go to when you need something done well!


Stephen Givnan

Steve trained as an animateur in Liverpool, he went on to become a professional actor and toured internationally with various theatre productions for a number of years. He then worked in substance misuse counselling and worked for various charities setting up Sheffield District Advice Centre where he provided specialist advice and guidance for vulnerable people.

Steve is a director at Kadampa Meditation Centre Sheffield and has taught meditation and Buddhist psychology for almost 20 years. He has also facilitated many drama and mindfulness workshops in a variety of different settings; community centres, prisons, hostels, schools and universities.

He is the founder of Freeclarity, an organisation that collaborates with businesses, individuals, education providers and community groups to develop inventive solutions that challenge and change unhelpful learned behaviours and negative ways of thinking.


Shannon Roberts

Shannon has worked for many years in the local charity sector. She is the current Marketing and Communications Officer for South Yorkshire's Community Foundation (SYCF). She is also a workshop mentor at Grimm & Co in Rotherham on the weekends, where she gets to indulge in her love of all things magical and creative.

Working in the community is something she cares about deeply and the work that Ben's Centre does is very important to her. Shannon has a passion for writing and reading and has snapped the handles of more bags than she'd care to mention due to carrying too many books around. 


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Meet the staff and volunteers


Meet the team

Meet the staff and volunteers


Meet the team

Daryl Bishop 
Project Development Manager

Daryl runs the whole charity and develops networks and partnership working within the community;


Kelly Lawson
Project Manager

Kelly is our most recently appointed Project Worker, she has a fantastic relationship with all our clients; she is approachable and always has time to spend with our guests. 


Danny McDonald
Outreach Manager

Danny is an absolute work-horse and an another asset to Ben’s Centre, no job is too big and he always has the time and patience to spend with clients.


Lynne Leary
Accounts

Our diligent book keeper. Lynne took the place of her son in our chaotic financial department! Unfazed by our ins and outs and our meagre budget, Lynne keeps the numbers flowing while other staff are on the front line.


Anne Brierley
Project Worker


Josh Bedford
Project Worker


Rob Yeomans
Chef


We have a small team of faithful volunteers who give of their time so selflessly…