A home away from home has been established in Inverell for women to network, learn new skills and build confidence.
Known as the Inverell Women's Cottage, the idea was founded by three local ladies Eileen Read, Rhonda Davis and Lorraine Brown.
Through working at the BEST Community Shed found there was a desperate need for a place women of all ages could go to build skills, learn how to be independent and empower one another.
After voicing the idea on social media, a meeting was held to form a committee and look for a place to call the cottage home.
Publicity Officer Heather Whitby said since then, Northern Inland Community College in Inverell has donated their old premises in Campbell Street for the purpose of Inverell Women's Cottage.
"We have that facility to use until December 20. That's when the lease is up and we'll be looking for a more permanent home," she said.
The keys were handed over to the committee on Wednesday and planning has started to host an official opening day event.
With a $10 membership fee, the cottage will be open to women of all ages. There will be a number of activities and classes held.
"The idea before it is to have a sewing and tech class, health and wellness, handyman classes on how to hang pictures and use power tools- there will be a range of activities," she said.
"It'll also be a place to pop in, have a cuppa and a chat, and get to know the women in the cottage when you're in town. We've kept membership fees low to accommodate for everyone."
Each women involved in the cottage has their own amazing story and skill set, including interim-president Marie Ward.
"Marie has always said she feels the women's cottage is a unique space where women can learn and connect in a respectful and safe environment and that's her vision for the space."
The committee have been supported already by the RSM Club, Lions Club, Community College and individuals wanting to help.
However, sponsors and volunteers who wish to assist the Inverell Women's Cottage have been welcomed to jump on board.
"With 13 members right now, our membership revenue doesn't cover a lot of costs. If there are people who would like to sponsor us, we are open to being supported. We know we have a lot to give back to the local community," Heather said.
Women who might like to host workshops or activities are also encouraged to become members and share their knowledge.
The cottage will act as a referral service for members who may be looking to link with disability, aged care or domestic violence services.
"A lot of [our committee] come from service backgrounds in welfare so we will be supplying information on how to access local services.
"We will be welcoming information packs from local services for us to have handy at the cottage as well," she said.
For more information, get in touch with Heather Whitby on 0456 404 906.