Kim Johnson and Sue Burgess at the Olive Branch Cafe. Picture: Tony Jones

The Purfleet Trust in King’s Lynn has been given a £10,000 cash award.

The money will help the charity, which works with homeless people in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, to provide training and courses.

The Santander bank has provided the money from its Social Enterprise Development Awards. They recognise social enterprises and charities which  are growing their business and trying to improve the local community.

Joy Wylie, the trust’s enterprise development manager, said the cash boost would help to set-up training courses based at the Olive Branch Community Cafe in the town’s Hillington Square and also at the Fairstead-based Olive Branch shop.

The courses, which are expected to start in January, will focus on hospitality and retail and will be aimed at people who volunteer with the charity and its clients.

Miss Wylie said the aim of the courses would be to allow people to obtain a qualification, help them to get work and improve their confidence.

She added the money would allow people to access training when they might otherwise have missed out.

The Purfleet Trust, which is based at St Ann’s Fort, was set up in 1993.

It provides housing advice, a rent deposit scheme and a day centre.

* The Olive Branch Cafe is gearing-up for Christmas and will be open when the festive lights are switched on in Hillington Square on December 7. There will be music and mince pies from 3pm with the switch-on at 4pm.

There will also be a Santa’s grotto in the cafe on December 22 from 11am to 3pm which will be free for children to visit.