The women’s project opened in February 1987 and, after a somewhat slow and unsure beginning, developed into a home that fulfilled a vital need for safe and supportive housing for vulnerable and demoralised women. The diverse range of referrals from many agencies meant that it was sometimes difficult to accept women as they would not fit in with the existing group.
By May 1988 the house became a mixed facility owing to a lack of appropriate referrals.
Through the eyes of a resident;
“ I moved into Howard Road from the Night Shelter and lived there for five months, this helped me to settle back into a normal home which I never had for 10 years since the breakdown of my marriage. I have now got my own council flat and I feel able to cope, thanks to the help and support of the staff at Howard Road.” – Colin
Did you work with Ann Bishop, Helena Dowden or Maureen Harding at Howard Road? Do you remember Colin? What are your memories of the house in its infancy?