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Stanley Women's Centre receives follow-up visit from Commissioner

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Stanley Just for Women's Centre receives follow-up visit from Commissioner

Staff at the Just for Women's Centre in Stanley recently had a surprise visit from Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

During a walkabout in Front Street, Stanley, PCC Ron Hogg called in for his second visit to the centre.

The centre is an opportunity for women to 'knit and natter', in a friendly environment, which also provides the opportunity for help and support to those who need it. Run by staff and volunteers, women can often gain new skills, or talk through a range of specific issues, to help get the support they may need.

To provide assistance for those who are vulnerable in the area, staff and volunteers of the centre have designed a poster to raise awareness of domestic abuse. They wanted a powerful and direct image to make people aware of abuse and where victims can go to for support.

Mr Hogg, who provided funding to support the good work of the centre in 2013, said: "I was delighted to support the Just for Women Centre. They provide excellent support to the victims of domestic and sexual abuse especially in the NorthWest Durham area. Their services are vital and extremely valued".

Linda Kirk was the original driving force behind the centre which was initially set up at its original premises in an apartment on Station Road Stanley January 2011. Linda said:

"Since that date we have worked with 692 women and become a lifeline for many others. We help to transform the women's lives who have been victims of abuse, have mental health issues, first time offenders and long term unemployed.

"At the centre we use the medium of craft workshops as this has been proved as a highly effective tool for dealing with life and health complexities. It helps women to distract from their worries and it also helps to build communication skills, team building and social interaction among women of all ages and backgrounds."

Posted on Wednesday 26th March 2014
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