Bristol West MP, Stephen Williams, and Bristol's Mayor and Lord Mayor, have officially opened Spring of Hope - the city's only women-only night shelter.
The centre in West Street, Old Market, provides temporary and safe accommodation, as well as emotional and practical support, for up to 12 women at a time. It aims to provide a safe space for women fleeing abuse, suffering from mental health problems, or going through family and marital breakdowns.
Spring of Hope has been open since 19th May but was officially opened by Stephen Williams MP, Mayor George Ferguson and Lord Mayor Alastair Watson at a ceremony on Saturday afternoon, attended by dozens of supporters of the organisation that has set up the site, Crisis Centre Limited.
Commenting at the event, Liberal Democrat MP and Communities Minister Stephen Williams said:
"I am delighted to support the work of the many volunteers here at the Spring of Hope. The Liberal Democrats are committed to providing the services that women need to enable them to live without fear. Only by working together will we end violence against women."
Val Thompson, project manager of Spring of Hope, said:
"Our vision is to be available to any homeless and vulnerable woman day or night, to each woman regain confidence and self-esteem to rebuild their lives."
Crisis Centre Ministries have provided more than 100 women with a safe bed for the night since 2011, but say they have seen a "marked increase" in the number of women seeking help.
This story was originally posted on the Bristol 24-7 website, which can be found here.