The Friary Drop-In Centre in West Bridgford celebrates its 35th Anniversary next Tuesday 18 July.
To mark the special day, the charity has arranged a number of events and activities.
Over the course of the week they will host a lunch for service users past and present, have a sponsored 5km walk/run for service users on the banks of the Trent, host events at their allotment plots and put on afternoon tea for volunteers.
General Manager Ann Bremner MBE also founded the organisation and admits that the Friary is needed more now than it ever has been.
Ann is pictured with Friary support workers Nadiah and Craig and she recalls the early days of the Friary.
‘When we set the Friary up, we recognised that there was a need to offer practical help and support to disadvantaged people in Nottingham and the surrounding areas.
‘That need has grown over the years and in the current cost of living crisis we are seeing significantly more people who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness.
‘The experience, knowledge and dedication of our team of staff and volunteers means we are equipped at present to manage this increase in need’.
She goes on to reference the organisation’s Anniversary.
‘It will give us a chance to spend time together reflecting on the last 35 years and also a time to focus on how much work there is left to do.
‘We are really pleased to be hosting the events and sharing this landmark with people we have supported and those we continue to support.
‘We hope they will really enjoy the days we have planned and the chance to socialise with others while participating in activities aimed at improving well-being’
The Friary continues to be a crucial support to vulnerable people in their time of need.
They aim to raise £3,500 over the course of the Anniversary month to develop much needed services for visitors to the Centre.
Please see link to the Just Giving Page below and sponsor these events if you possibly can.