SOUTHEND homeless charity Harp celebrated the successful first year of its Transitions project.

The project is part of the Big Lottery’s nationwide Fulfilling Lives programme, supporting people with more than one complex need. During the first year, it has had a number of successes, including helping 20 people move on to other Harp accommodation and places of their own, and encouraging seven residents to volunteer, who are now inspiring their peers to take steps towards recovery.

Harp’s chief executive, Gill Garwood, said: “We are so pleased with the results of the Transitions project’s first year.

“We are working hard to ensure that everyone who walks through our doors at the Bradbury Day Centre is able to access support that is tailored to their own individual needs.

“We would like to say thank you to The Big Lottery for helping to make the project possible and thanks also to everyone that came down to help celebrate.”