Growing success for West Bridgford based drop-in centre, The Friary, as they take on a new premises to meet the demand of increasing donations.

The Charity, which has been running for 27 years, provides support to homeless and those on benefits across Nottingham and will use the new space as a sorting depot.

The depot is due to open in early January and staff at the Friary are hoping it will free up time to be spent on the services they provide to the public.

The original centre, based on Musters Road, just a mile away from the new building, offers shower facilities, clean clothes, food packages and free hot meals, to around 120 people in need at each of their three weekly sessions.

Operations Manager, Helen Jones, 45 of West Bridgford, said: “It’s beyond words how I feel.

“It’s so exciting and what we’ve needed for a long while.

“To actually be here and see it expanding is just amazing”.

The Friary, which is currently open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9am and 1pm, is seeking new volunteers to help with the increasing number of donations they receive.

Mrs Jones said: “We want to start with being open two full days a week, where the public can bring their items in and then expand that as quickly as we can to five.

“We don’t want to put a restriction on the time people can bring in their things other wise people may stop bringing them.”

The centre relies on the donations of food, clothes and basic household items, to give to their users in need.

Cybil Ryans, 75, who has been a volunteer at the centre for over ten years, said: “I am a happy to work at both locations and am happy to do anything that will help out the centre”.

To get involved with the Friary, contact 0115 982 5448 or email admin@the-friary.org.uk