The Women’s Centre has attractive new premises at 242 Ferry Road in Waltham.
This organisation is dear to my heart. We bought our Cottage from one of the founders, and were intrigued to learn that this home had previously been used as a women’s refuge and been the venue for meetings held to establish the Women against Violence Centre which later became the Women’s Centre. In 1993 when I was studying Community Skills at Polytech I joined the Centre as a volunteer Support Worker. Later I became their paid Finance worker and Fundraiser and was a collective member. At this time they were in the old Atlantis Building in Cathedral Square. The Centre later moved to Greenwich/witch House and another premises in Manchester Street. Many of the workers were close friends, and I have continued an association with the organisation.
Forced to leave Manchester Street after the earthquakes, they had two other homes before moving at the end of last year to these new premises, and yesterday was their official opening, as well as a belated 30th birthday celebration. It was a pleasure to be there among so many friends. Some were wearing pink pussyhats, as seen at the Women’s March on Washington on January 21st.
Mayor Lianne Dalziel (right) cut the birthday cake with Centre Manager Ardas Trebus.
“The Women’s Centre is a place
where women have their special space.”