King’s Lynn charity boosted by £10,000 grant

THe Olive Branch Community Cafe, King's Lynn, run by The Purfleet Trust,  have won a �10k grant.'Celebrating the success are LtoR, Kim Johnson (Cafe Supervisor), Susan Burgess (Volunteer), Joy Wylie (Purfleet Trust), Lisa Freestone (Volunteer) ANL-141124-122635009
THe Olive Branch Community Cafe, King's Lynn, run by The Purfleet Trust, have won a �10k grant.'Celebrating the success are LtoR, Kim Johnson (Cafe Supervisor), Susan Burgess (Volunteer), Joy Wylie (Purfleet Trust), Lisa Freestone (Volunteer) ANL-141124-122635009
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A £10,000 grant will help boost the funds of a charity which works with homeless people in Lynn.

The Purfleet Trust will be using the money from Santander to run courses to help the long term unemployed to turn their lives around.

Students of the trust’s training academy will be able to improve their confidence along with gaining NVQ qualifications.

The charity will be running a hospitality course at The Olive Branch Cafe in Hillington Square and retail training at its Centrepoint Shop in Fairstead.

Enterprise development manager Joy Wylie said: “It is going to change people’s lives and the courses will empower individuals to raise their self-esteem. We are grateful to Santander for their involvement.”

Although the final details of the courses are still to be finalised, the charity is expecting to be taking on a total of eight students on the 12-week courses.

The grant will pay for uniforms along with helping the charity to reach out to more people. Ms Wylie added: “We are going to take a holistic view to our courses to help raise self-esteem and confidence. We will also offer people the chance to come to our day centre.”

The trust, which is based in St Anne’s Fort, received the money from the bank’s Social Enterprise Development Awards (SEDA), which also provides a business support package.

Bill Higgins, Santander regional director said: “Congratulations to The Purfleet Trust. We hope that the funding and support programme will help them reach their potential and increase their social impact.”

Festive events have been organised at the Olive Branch Cafe and it will be open from 3pm on Sunday, December 7, as part of the Hillington Square Christmas Lights switch-on at 4pm.

Youngsters will also be able to meet Father Christmas there on Monday, December 22, from 11-3pm.