'Sacred Places' calendar launched

Women from the Supporting Sisters project
Image caption Women from the Supporting Sisters project provided the pictures, poetry and design for the calendar

A group of women from various faiths across Teesside have created a calendar inspired by visits to sacred places.

The calendar is the result of a project by the Middlesbrough based Supporting Sisters group.

Supporting Sisters was set up to help young mothers, who often feel socially isolated, to get out of the house.

It now attracts women from all backgrounds, and runs activities around skills development, and physical and mental well being.

The Supporting Sisters' Calendar Project explored the importance of women in, and respect for different faiths in the community.

Image caption One of the pictures featured in the calendar

Family friendly

Contributor Ayesha Siddiqa said: "I think the good thing about it was you could bring your children, you don't have to leave them with a babysitter.

"So I brought my baby and got involved and it was really, really good. I really enjoyed it."

Artists Sophie Ingleby, Nicola Parkin and Laura Degnan have worked with the women to develop their photography, poetry and design skills throughout the project.

The group visited different sacred places in Middlesbrough and listened to talks by people of different faiths.