The first women’s centre in Nottingham was run by the Women’s Liberation Group out of a small property in Pelham Street. The group then moved to Angel Row where groups such as Women’s Abortion & Contraception Group, Lesbian Group, Feminist Theory Group & ‘Battered Wives’ – which became Women’s Aid (the first refuge was squatted on Coalville Street, which encouraged Nottingham Community Housing Association to give women’s aid their central refuge).
In 1978 the Women’s Centre moved again, this time to Shakespeare Street, it was old and damp and struggled to accommodate all the services which were provided. Rape Crisis was formed in 1977 and had a worker based at the centre along with Women’s Aid.
After much campaigning, the City Council agreed to fund premises large enough to house all the services. In 1987 we moved to our present home on Chaucer Street. The centre was officially opened in 1987 by Jo Richardson MP.
After 40 years Nottingham Women’s Centre continues to develop and grow and meet the ever changing needs of women.