Staff, supporters and users of Wellingborough’s Daylight Centre came together to celebrate 20 years of helping vulnerable adults.
The Daylight Centre Fellowship is an independent charity which opened in December 1994 and aims to meet various personal needs, including mental health issues, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and isolation.
It also offers a hot meal, somewhere warm to go and access to practical support such as sourcing benefits and work opportunities or using a telephone or the internet.
Tuesday’s celebration was a chance to say thank you to staff, partners, supporters and volunteers at the centre.
Among those there was former alcoholic Steve, who began dropping in at Queen’s Hall just a few months after it opened.
He said: “I would drink 14 pints a day and at night, I’d lie down in a graveyard and use a half-drunk bag of cider as my pillow.
“But coming here and meeting others who understood what I was going through has turned my life around.”
While it was a significant milestone, centre manager Paul Adams said it was also a bittersweet reflection of the centre’s work.
He said: “We’ve served thousands of hot meals, provided many thousand hours of advice and changed many lives along the way and of course today’s event has been a great opportunity to demonstrate just how valuable this place is.
“But in a way it’s sad that, twenty years on, the demand for our services is as great as it has ever been.”