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Our History

Nottingham Women’s Centre can trace its beginnings to 1971, making it one of the oldest of its kind in the UK. We were established during the second wave of feminism in the seventies when the first ever National Women’s Liberation Conference brought together a number of disparate actions into an actual movement. The movement created a series of demands around free childcare; equal pay, education and job opportunities; free contraception and abortion rights; an end to discrimination against lesbians; and an end to male violence against women.

More information about our history in contained within our book – Women’s Liberation and After in Nottinghamcontact us for a copy or visit our library.

Today, we work across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire offering a range of formal services to women with mental health needs, women offenders, women who are seeking asylum, facing extreme poverty, escaping abuse or women simply wanting to make a change in their lives.

Our partner organisations, Women’s Aid Integrated Services and Nottingham Rape Crisis Centre, are also based in the building, making us a one-stop shop for women who need support and advice.

Want to work for us?

When we have any current vacancies, we will put links to the information here.

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Our Vision

Our vision is a world where women take their rightful place in a just and fair society, free from inequality, violence and oppression.

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Our Mission

To enable women in Nottinghamshire to reach their full potential, have their voices heard and overcome barriers to creating a better future for themselves and their children.

Our Values

  • We are feminist, working towards transformational and substantive political, economic and social equality for women; in all of our activities, we will raise awareness of the inequalities experienced by women in society and provide interventions to redress the balance;
  • We are inclusive, accessible, welcoming and provide services to all women, regardless of age, race, disability, religion and belief, lesbian, bisexual or transgender identity, or any other irrelevant factor;
  • We are responsive, listening to the needs of women and their children and targeting services and resources to meet the needs of the women who need us the most;
  • We believe in person-centred solutions, recognising that each woman has unique needs and a unique background, and we tailor our services as a result;
  • We are partners, recognising that more is achieved through collaboration and co-operation than competition; we will work with other organisations which share our values to achieve more for women and children;
  • We are stewards, taking great care of the resources entrusted to us by others, whether this is money, time or trust, and we are open and transparent in our reporting;
  • We listen, learn and adapt, involving our stakeholders in what we do and how we do it; we seek feedback and say sorry and put things right if something has gone wrong;
  • We are professional, aiming for excellence in everything we do;
  • We are positive, about the women and children we work with, about the opportunities we can create and the amazing things that we can achieve together.

Meet the Team

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