Salon that teaches domestic violence survivors beauty therapy opens in West Cumbria
A new salon in West Cumbria is giving women affected by domestic abuse the chance to train in beauty.
The Women Out West Centre, based at Haig Enterprise Park, has been created to help women in all kinds of circumstances, from victims of domestic violence and poverty, to those affected by separation/divorce, and others on low incomes who want to set up their own businesses.
Women can learn the art of beauty therapy, empowering them to reach their full potential, while also having access to facilities such as a laundry room, social areas and private one-to-one spaces.
This opening comes at a time when beauty businesses are doing more for their local community, from training up to spot the signs of domestic abuse and forced marriage, to tailoring their service for those living with dementia.
Women Out West had a soft launch in June but from September it will be open full-time with two members of staff being taken on.
“Surprisingly, in June we had 48 women through [our] doors. I always knew there was a need but I honestly didn’t realise to what extent,” founder Rachel Holliday told News & Star with The Cumberland News.
Fundraiser Julieanne Kelly added: “Women Out West is an amazing facility. If anyone does need support, please come and visit us. We really need donations to keep the project running, so if anyone wants to raise money get in touch.”
Another therapist opened a beauty salon after escaping her violent partner and is now training domestic violence sufferers in hair and beauty.