HOMELESSNESS charity Shiloh is preparing to move into a new home in Rotherham in just a few weeks’ time.
The old Weighbridge building on Station road is currently being transformed ready to become Shiloh’s new home from April 19.
This week marks the completion of the building works and the beginning of the internal makeover which is being carried out by volunteers from a whole of host of organisations across the borough.
Staff and senior officers from each of the organisations, including Rotherham Borough Council and contractors Mears and Fortem, and community volunteers have rolled their sleeves up this week and are putting their DIY skills into practice to help get the place spick and span.
Shiloh’s chairman John McDonnell has worked with the council project team and their two major contractors, Mears and Fortem, to make the dream a reality.
Mr McDonnell said: “For a council and local businesses, to come together and collaborate so harmoniously on this project is commendable and it has really worked successfully.
“This year, Shiloh is celebrating its 25th year of supporting people in Rotherham who are going through a difficult period in their lives so what better way to celebrate than moving into this superb new facility with potential for even further expansion over the years.”
Councillor Dominic Beck, Cabinet Member for housing added: “It is fantastic to see this project nearing completion. Shiloh’s work is so valuable, providing people with a lifeline when they need it the most.
“I am delighted that we have been able to work together to help secure their future.
“Having visited Shiloh's current premises, I have witnessed the buzz of enthusiasm for the great work that the charity does and look forward to seeing this expand in these new premises.
“I am also encouraged by the response from volunteers who are making their mark on the project by being involved in the makeover week — it shows great community and team spirit.”
Engineers have undertaken extensive works to alter and make safe the electrical system in the property, refurbish toilet blocks and re-commission the heating system, including the installation of a new boiler, while extensive building and structural works have been carried out to transform the premises.
There will be an official opening of the premises in May to tie in with Shiloh’s 25th anniversary celebrations.
Photo caption: (left to right): Andy Chambers, Mears general manager; Geoff Melton, Mould Doctor; Kevin Quinton, Shiloh centre manager; Mark Nearney, RMBC head of Contract Services and Development; John McDonnell, chairman of Shiloh; Cllr Dominic Beck; cabinet member for Housing and David Coldwell, general manager of Forten.