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£1m facelift transforms Belfast hostel for the homeless

By Joanne Fleming

Published 01/10/2015

One of Belfast's oldest homeless hostels has had an almost £1m facelift - its first since opening more than 30 years ago. Picture posed
One of Belfast's oldest homeless hostels has had an almost £1m facelift - its first since opening more than 30 years ago. Picture posed

One of Belfast's oldest homeless hostels has had an almost £1m facelift - its first since opening more than 30 years ago.

The project saw the interior of Utility Street Men's Hostel, off the Donegall Road, modernised and catering services introduced.

Manager Edmund McCullough said the change had transformed the building. "The refurbishment has ensured we continue to provide good-quality support to those vulnerable people who need and deserve our help," he added.

Resident John, who is in his 30s, said the hostel had a major impact on his life.

"I had a serious problem with alcohol and anxiety when I moved in three months ago, but the staff have been amazing," he added

"I now have my support worker, who has helped me stay almost completely dry for three months, and the daily interaction with other residents has helped my levels of self-esteem and reduced my levels of anxiety.

"It has really changed my life. I really feel safe here."

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