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Royal appointment for Bodmin-based charity supporting women and girls

The Women’s Centre Cornwall, a Bodmin charity giving specialist support to women and girls living with the impact of abuse, attended a Reception at Buckingham Palace, in recognition of the Centre’s vital work.

The charity’s services include one-to-one and peer support, as well as specific services for women facing multiple disadvantages such as homelessness and discrimination.

Dina Holder, community engagement manager at The Women’s Centre Cornwall, said: “We are incredibly proud to be invited to Buckingham Palace and stand alongside brilliant projects and charities from across the country that are working to end violence against women and girls.

“More than 1 in 4 women have been raped or sexually assaulted in their lifetime. By lending support to the issue of sexual and domestic abuse, Her Majesty is helping us to further bring to light the realities experienced by too many women and girls.”

Dina was accompanied by Steph, one of the centre’s DIVAS, a group working to improve sexual and domestic abuse support services for women with learning disabilities, neurodivergence and autism. The specialist group is rolling out Healthy Relationships Awareness programmes across Cornwall and, as part of this, recently trained staff from First Light, the commissioned Domestic Abuse Service in Cornwall.

To find out more about The Women’s Centre Cornwall and the support available, visit


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