As the dark nights draw in, Calderdale College is stepping up its efforts to protect women across the borough.
A programme of new personal safety sessions has been launched by the college to equip women with the skills to increase their sense of safety.
The need for the sessions was identified by a number of young women - it is hoped that the programme will help women make informed decisions on what can be done to decrease the risk of violence and crime in their lives.
The sessions are run by Sinead Armstrong, who has delivered personal safety training to the NHS, Police, Social Services, schools and community groups for 13 years.
She said: “The aim of personal safety training is to equip women with the knowledge and understanding of how to recognise risk and how they can effectively deal with situations that affect their safety. It’s great to empower women and the nights are drawing in so its good to get that message out before Christmas. This is my background and the sessions deliver the information in a professional way. It’s about giving people confidence.”
Amy Turner, 18, has attended some of the sessions and said: “I think it’s good to see how you could defend yourself, or if something happened what you could do and how you could help other people - I think that is a really good thing.”
Free to attend, the sessions cover topics including understanding self defence, safety at work, socialising, safety on the street, among others. The sessions run on Tuesday nights from 5-6pm at the college’s Inspire Centre - all women are welcome to attend.