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Charity is helping women to get 'smart' for work

When it comes to job interviews, first impressions count. That's why one charity is helping women to get back into work by giving them a new outfit, help and support.

Smart Works - which has a base in Reading in Berkshire - helps those who are unemployed and who may have faced various challenges.

The charity is now looking to expand to help even more women, as Lauren Hall reports.

Centre to help women offenders 'turn their lives around'

The project aims to stop women from offending Credit: Press Association

Brighton Women's Centre has been awarded £30,000 to help women offenders to turn their lives around.

The grant from the Ministry of Justice match-funded a previous grant from the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.

Centre managers say helping more women to access support services can stop them from offending in the first place or going on to reoffend.


Full report: Inspirational women awarded

The most inspirational women gathered in Reading last night - for the Women of Achievement Awards.

The event, which is in aid of the Sue Ryder charity, celebrates the courage and success of women from all walks of life.

Among the winners was a woman from Berkshire who has dedicated her life to providing free horse riding lessons for disabled children.

Mel Bloor reports.

Celebrating female success

Sue Ryder Women of Achievement Awards Credit: ITV Meridian

Women from across the Thames Valley who've made their mark in the community have been recognised at a special ceremony.

The Women of Achievement Awards, which is in aid of the Sue Ryder charity, celebrates the success of women in every area from business to sport. The event was co-hosted by rower and Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger.