Charity celebrates 30th anniversary

Judith Pleasance, Amanda Sayers, Lucy Greensmith and Lisa Noble, and front, Cath Hale and Linda-Jaine Clair.

Judith Pleasance, Amanda Sayers, Lucy Greensmith and Lisa Noble, and front, Cath Hale and Linda-Jaine Clair.

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A Northumberland charity which has helped thousands of people facing a crisis in their personal lives is this week celebrating its 30th anniversary.

The Women’s Health Advice Centre (WHAC) in Ashington is opening its doors on Friday, October 10, to recognise the landmark, which coincides with World Mental Health Day.

WHAC was launched in 1984 to meet a gap in services for women in the county who needed support for health problems including depression, PMT, menopause and miscarriage.

Thirty years on and the charity has expanded to also help men, as well as girls and boys from the age of 14, address personal problems.

The charity has 26 volunteers, and provides services on behalf of the NHS and local authorities including counselling, help to access family law and debt advice, information on healthy eating, personal development courses, and support to victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Manager Cath Hale, who joined the charity in 1986, said: “WHAC has been at the centre of the community in Ashington since it was set up 30 years ago by a group of women determined to empower their peers to improve their health and lead more positive lives.

“It remains a key resource working to help people in Northumberland improve their mental health and well being and so change their lives for the better. We are looking forward to celebrating our landmark birthday.”

The open day is being held on Friday from 10.30am to 2.30pm at 1 Council Road, Ashington.

Visit www.whac-online.co.uk or call (01670) 853977.