Reassurance over women’s centre

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A LEARNING centre for women wants to reassure students that it is still open.

Rumours about the fate of Sunderland Women’s Centre began flying after the closure of the Washington-based Bridge Project.

But the two organisations were not linked and courses are still running from the women’s centre in Green Terrace.

Development manager Sue Ellwood said: “We heard the bad news about Bridge but we did not realise the impact it may have on until people start coming in for enrolment week.

“We were closed for some of the summer holidays and we were off when Bridge went into liquidation

“We want to let people know that we aren’t closed and are operating as usual.”

The Centre, which was founded in 1984, is a partner of Sunderland College and offers courses including basic skills and English for Speakers of Other Languages and also has a crèche.

Lifeline charity the Bridge project went into administration last month with the loss of almost 100 jobs.

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