A women's charity helping local women escape domestic violence, homophobia and mental health issues has received a six-figure cash boost.

WomenCentre Calderdale and Kirklees say they are “delighted” with the £514,500 grant, which will go towards support for hundreds of young and vulnerable girls and women.

The grant was made by the Big Lottery Fund Women and Girls Initiative.

WomenCentre is one of the country’s biggest centres for women seeking help and advice.

The charity are now hoping to use the cash over the coming four years to develop a small team of specialist workers who will work with women between 13 and 25 helping them at transitional points in their lives.

They also plan to build new and develop existing relationships with various organisations across Kirklees and Calderdale.

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WomenCentre’s CEO, Angela Everson commented: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Big Lottery Fund, as well as the women and girls we support and our partner agencies for lending their support to this bid.

“We know this grant will enable WomenCentre to impact positively on the lives of many young women and girls across Calderdale and Kirklees enabling them to live safe, free and fulfilled lives.”

WomenCentre were founded 30 years ago and champion women’s emotional, financial and mental needs.

To find out more, visit: http://womencentre.org.uk/ .

Meanwhile Huddersfield’s childrens’ charities have received grants from BBC charity powerhouse Children in Need.

The cause has announced £19,744 is to be given to Shabang Inclusive Learning and the Huddersfield Support Group for Autism Playscheme.

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Shabang, who provide out of school clubs for children with Downs Syndrome, are to get £9,994 of the cash, while the Autism Playscheme will receive £9,750 to provide similar clubs for autistic children.

Kim Reuter, from Shabang, said they were “extremely happy” to receive the cash boost.

Elizabeth Myers, from Children in Need, said: “Projects such as these in Huddersfield really demonstrate our Small Grants at work and show what a huge difference a relatively small amount of money can make.”

Children in Need currently fund 65 projects in West Yorkshire.