A TOWN crisis centre is opening its doors next month for people to find out more about the work which goes on inside.
The Welcome Centre, at Huddersfield Methodist Mission on Lord Street, began helping out those in need in 1997.
Over the past eight years it has given a helping hand to more than 1,200 people by handing out food, toiletries and home starter and bedding packs.
It caters for people in crisis for reasons as diverse as homelessness, mental health, drug problems and debt.
Sue Burton, project manager at the centre, said most of the goods distributed were donated by schools, churches and well-wishers.
She said they had received grants from Social Services Community Liaison and Voluntary Action Kirklees Community Chest.
She added: "This is an exciting year in our development.
"A series of taster sessions has been held, showing people how to cook healthy meals using basic ingredients.
"It is hoped to continue these and also to develop courses in personal development, job-seeking skills, life-skills and creative arts if we can get funding."
The open day will run on Wednesday, April 13, from 4pm to 7pm.