A MENTAL health charity is making a positive start to the New Year.

The Cellar Trust, which supports people across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, launched Operation Phoenix following a fire which forced the temporary closure of its main building in Farfield Road, Shipley last year.

The T&A previously reported that a spokesperson for the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said the fire, in a void above the ceiling on the ground floor, was caused by an electrical fault.

In response, generous individuals, local businesses and community groups helped to raise £4,000 and now the charity is looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

Kim Shutler-Jones, CEO at The Cellar Trust, said: "We worked extremely hard to keep our services running and get back on our feet after the fire at our building, but the hard work doesn’t end there as we’ve got some exciting plans to help make 2019 our best year yet."

This month the charity launches its Telehealth service in partnership with MyWellbeing College enabling the charity to offer evening and weekend support, with experienced wellbeing coaches giving guidance and help to those in need, over the phone.

"Building work is also due to finish shortly, which will provide us with extra space to serve more people in the local community," added Kim.

The Cellar Trust cafe, which remained closed for the majority of December following the fire, is now back up and running.

"We’d really appreciate it if you can support us by coming in for breakfast, lunch, takeaway treats, or coffee and cake. We can also cater for the business community, so please think of us for your next meeting. Every penny you spend in the Café supports our work," said Kim.

“We wouldn’t be where we are now without the support of our wonderful community. We want to continue helping people facing mental health challenges to build brighter futures, so please give us a helping hand if you can by becoming a Friend, visiting our Café, shopping at our Charity Shop, or fundraising for us.”

For more information, or to get involved, visit thecellartrust.org/support-us.