A Burnham-On-Sea based charity has been handed a funding boost by the National Lottery Community Fund this week.

Somewhere House Somerset has been awarded £5,850 to enable it to continue offering counselling in the town.

A spokesman added: “The funding will be used to purchase a portable cabin. The project aims to provide support and counselling to those experiencing mental ill health.”

Somewhere House, a residential rehabilitation centre in Burnham for those seeking help with addictions, provides treatment and support for individuals who wish to make changes to their lives after encountering problems such as alcohol and drugs issues.

The grant windfall is part of a pot of £750,000 of National Lottery funding awarded to 37 community projects across Somerset this month, ranging from creating an outdoor food project to delivering craft workshops.

Somerset isn’t alone in enjoying the good news – the South West as a whole is receiving over £5 million, which is being distributed across 263 community projects and organisations.

Tom McCulloch, Head of Funding for the South West region at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “National Lottery money continues to change the lives of thousands of people across Somerset.”

“From community-led projects that reduce loneliness and isolation to those looking at ways of tackling bullying amongst young people, this quarter’s funding has one thing in common – it’s all been awarded to groups with the ideas, knowledge and passion to make the changes they want to see in their local area. Thanks to National Lottery players, projects like these are investing in what matters most to them and their community.”

The National Lottery Community Fund is responsible for giving out money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. As part of this week’s announcement, it has revealed that it is making grants totalling £65 million awarded to 2,261 community organisations across England.