Women’s Centre finds new
base to mark 35th birthday
and Highgate Express, 28 October 2010
STAFF at the Crossroads Women’s Centre in Kentish
Town are celebrating a new home and an important birthday this week.
Founder Selma James, who was 80 earlier this year,
was proud to witness the organisation’s efforts in securing a new home
in Wolsey Mews – 35 years after the centre started life in Euston.
The new premises will be a welcome relief for the
myriad groups which use the centre and provide much-needed extra space
and facilities. But before they can move in, the organisation needs to
raise £200,000 to refurbish the building. Solveig Francis, of Crossroads
Women, said: “Buying a centre has been a long-term goal and we very much
the great generosity and commitment of volunteers, core users and
“While in recent decades, people have been
encouraged to accumulate personal wealth, we are gratified that a number
of volunteers preferred to donate or lend from their modest inheritance
or savings to help us buy this beautiful building.
“We know money is very tight now but we urge anyone
who supports the work at the centre to contribute what they can to help
make the new Crossroads an accessible and green resource for the whole
Among the groups providing the centre’s many
activities, which include cultural, educational and publishing projects,
are the Black Women’s Rape Action Project, the English Collective of
Prostitutes, Legal Action for Women and Women Against Rape.
To make a donation to the centre, call 020-7482
2496 or visit