A Bury charity says it hopes to build a "strong community" after receiving £150,000 of National Lottery money. 

Trust House, based in Fishpool, has been awarded the funding to support its work with some of the most vulnerable in the community.

The group, which supports residents experiencing hardships such as money worries or mental health issues, will use the money to continue to operate their free community café, food pantry, and drop in sessions.

The funding will provide around 75 per cent of the funding that is needed to continue to operate and ensure that no one gets turned away.

Centre manager of Trust House, Katie Jenkinson, said: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way.

"Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to continue the work that we have started within Bury and ensure that the most vulnerable have somewhere to go.

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"We want to build a strong community that supports each other and ensures that no one falls through the cracks."

Trust House has been running since January 2019 and is mainly staffed by volunteers.

The charity aims to tackle loneliness as well as working with community members to find a way out of poverty.

The group run a free community café, open four days a week for breakfast and lunch now, as well as a food pantry and wellbeing sessions.

The team also provide advice and guidance sessions, offering support with benefits advice, housing and finances.

Trust House’s aim is to transform the community by building relationships and breaking down barriers.

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will see Trust House expanding their advice and guidance offering as well as ensuring that no one gets turned away.

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At the same time, the group will be able to offer more volunteering opportunities and continue to provide hot meals four days a week.

Clare, a Trust House visitor, said: “I found Trust House by chance and at first I didn’t want to go, I was worried that the people there would judge me and that they would not take me seriously.

"As soon as I went in, the people made me really welcome, they take the time to sit with me and ask how I’m doing.

"I’d have been totally lost this past year without their help.”