A new centre has officially opened in Carlisle which aims to give vulnerable women a new start in life.
Gateway 4 Women works to support women with a range of needs from domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health issues.
The centre gives women access to a wide range of support groups and opportunities to help unlock their potential.
It aims to develop their skills and encourage them to live safe and healthy lives.
The idea came from one Cumbrian woman who fell into debt and spent time in prison for stealing money. We're protecting her identity:
Juliet* has since turned her life around and hopes the centre will support other women facing difficult circumstances.
Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner attended the opening:
Gateway 4 Women plans to open its own Beauty Salon and Cafe Bar to contribute towards its annual costs of £140,000.
The centre also hopes to set up a similiar project in the south of the county.