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Bristol's Jamaica Street Project homeless centre has £1.6m refit

Riverside House, Jamaica Street Project, Bristol Image copyright Barbara Evripidou, Riverside
Image caption Riverside's Jamaica Street Project will be able to house 56 people with mental health and addiction issues

A charity's centre for homeless people in Bristol has had a £1.6m revamp.

The Jamaica Street Project used the cash to create 15 flats, 20 en-suite bedrooms, communal kitchens and training facilities at Riverside House.

It includes an IT room and space for group training sessions, while lessons on how to cook meals on a tight budget will be held in the new kitchens.

Riverside House will house 56 people, with the average stay for each person being about four months.

Paul Teasdale, from the project, said: "Where people live has a big impact in how they behave and how they relate to life.

"The old impression of the homeless hostel has changed.

"People have their own independence in self-contained accommodation, it gives them more dignity and a better quality of life."

Image copyright Barbara Evripidou, Riverside
Image caption The charity set up an IT training room to help people learn new skills to help them into education or jobs

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