A health and advice centre for the homeless and needy has received a quarter of a million pounds in lottery cash.
St Martin's Centre for Health and Healing in Birmingham's Bull Ring is to receive £249,589 from Big Lottery over three years to continue and develop its work.
The purpose-built centre attached to St Martin's in the Bull Ring offers information, practical assistance, advice and counselling to more than 2930 people per year.
Of their clients, 45 per cent are homeless and more than 80 per cent have a mental health need.
Each week the centre's Help Desk volunteers also go out onto the streets to offer support to homeless people living in the centre of Birmingham.
The linked counselling service offers professionally trained counsellors to work with those who need help with a range of problems.
* St Martin's Help Desk continually needs new volunteers. The next Volunteer Induction course starts in March.
For more information contact Mike, Helen or Jacki on 0121 600 6025 or write to St Martin's Centre for Health and Healing, St Martin's in the Bull Ring, Birmingham, B5 5BB.