The Croft, A New Local Online Resorce sponsered by the Heritage Lottery Fund.



“The Croft was a non-institutional shared housing scheme for unsupported mothers and their babies situated in two converted victorian villas in the leafy suburb of Alexandra Park, Nottingham. Established in 1966 by Ruth I Johns as the first initiative of the innovative ‘grassroots’ housing charity Family First, it offered a lifeline for women who might otherwise have become destitute due to the poor welfare provision of the times.


A room at The Croft – sometimes shared – gave a mother a safe place from which to plan the future for herself and her baby, and the non-judgmental practical support on offer was described by the Home Office as ‘revolutionary’ at the time.”


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