Hereford & Worcester

Hereford centre to reopen as Women 4 Women

Women's centre
Image caption Women 4 Women will be set up in the same building as the previous organisation

Volunteers have secured more than £4,000 to reopen a centre for vulnerable women.

Hereford's Here 4 Women shut down at the end of June but will be set up as a non-profit company in September.

The new Women 4 Women project will be staffed by volunteers and will be able offer more services than before.

The centre in St Peter's Square hit problems after the Ministry of Justice cut the money it provided.

Gillian Menzies, from the management committee, said they plan to open for five days a week, not just four: "We want to be there to offer more support.

"It's too long a time between Thursday and Monday for women in a difficult situation to manage."

Women 4 Women will be entirely run by volunteers, and professionals who previously offered a paid service will operate free sessions.

Around 200 women use the service which was set up two years ago and offers counselling as well as courses on literacy, debt management, relaxation and healthy eating.

Hereford City Council is providing £2,000 and Herefordshire County Council has matched that amount.

Ms Menzies said the organisation has enough money to open for six months but will require more cash if it is to last beyond that.

She said: "We're looking to raise £15,000 within the first year - that would be the absolute minimum to ensure we can stay open in the long term."

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