A centre aimed at transforming the lives of women through its educational and training support has received a £35,000 grant from the Asda Foundation.

First Steps Women's Centre in Dungannon will be able to offer an all-day crèche as well as extra training and office space thanks to the donation.

Our Cookstown store's community champion Janice Gibson helped the group with their application and was on hand to present them with the cheque alongside general store manager Peter Beckett.

Janice said: "As the 20th anniversary of the centre opening approaches, it seems a fitting tribute to the hard work and dedication of the staff and service users to extend the building.

"I am already looking forward to visiting the centre in the near future for the big reveal of its new space."

The centre provides educational and training support for women and children, alongside health and well-being services. It helps women making the first step into further education or to developing the skills they need to progress their careers.

The centre's chief executive Michael McGoldrick said: "From a training course to a safe space to meet for a coffee, the centre is a hub for women to develop skills, and also a home for the support networks they need to transform their lives.

"By extending the building to provide free childcare, we will be able to continue to help hundreds of women grow and develop each year, whilst caring for their families."

For more details about what the group can offer please contact them on 028 87727648, visit their Facebook page or their website.