INVERCLYDE Women’s Aid opened their doors to allow professionals and members of the public to get a better insight into the help they offer. 

The domestic abuse charity was overwhelmed by the positive response received from people, as they try to raise more awareness of the work they do.

Pupils from St Columba’s High in Gourock, who are supporting the charity as part of a school project, also volunteered to help on the day.

Third year students Paige Wallace, Erin O’Rourke, Rhiannon Collins and Chloe McClumpha are among pupils from the school who are finding out about the important work the organisation is involved in across the area.

Trainee midwives and district nurses were among those who attended the open day to find out more about how to help victims.

Manager Marilyn McGill said: “We were very busy and it was a great event.

“We were delighted to speak to the trainee nurses.

“We also had students from the college and Victim Support on the day.”

Women’s Aid runs a local refuge, carries out expert training for professionals and conducts work in local schools to help young people understand healthy relationships.

Visitors at the office open day were given a look behind the scenes with a virtual tour of the charity’s refuge.

Marilyn said: “It was a great opportunity to let people know what we do.”