A charity which provides support for hundreds of people in Huddersfield has secured £275,000 in funding.
Huddersfield Mission in Lord Street will use the Big Lottery Fund grant for its three-year project Rebuilding Lives and Telling Stories.
The cash will ensure that support and advice services – and the mission’s daily cafe – will be boosted.
One new support worker will be employed for the project and the cafe’s opening hours – currently 9am-2pm Monday to Friday – will be extended.
The mission will help the homeless and needy people who come through the doors share their stories and experiences, building confidence and self-esteem.
The centre offers a range of activity groups from music to information technology, art classes to cooking. Advice sessions run through the week from 1pm to 2pm.
Mission manager Paul Bridges said: “We are really pleased and excited to have been awarded this grant which recognises the special role that the mission has within Huddersfield, supporting hundreds of people each year through our cafe, support services and activities.”
The grant, worth a total of £274,643 over the next three years, will also help the mission further develop its volunteering opportunities and activity groups.
Huddersfield Mission is a faith-based organisation with links to the Huddersfield Methodist Circuit but people of all faiths and none are welcome.
It has a large number of volunteers and as many as 1,000 people a week use the building every week.