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"Good memories, good memories, It was what I needed... I mean I dread to think what might have happened to me if there wasn't the The Croft at the time "

"The Croft was like being a family without being family ... You are starting again. You are starting afresh and you could be who you wanted to be"

"It was a very good environment, in particular for the time when having a baby as a single parent you were very much a second class citizen and looked down on."

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Janet's Story

"I was brought up in the Church of England Children Society. I was placed there as a baby and stayed there until such time as I left.

... the last couple of months at school and when I was sitting my exams and doing all that travelling, I was pregnant.  So then as soon as I left school it was about where was I going to live because the Children’s Society didn’t want me staying at the hostel as there were no facilities and they didn’t want that. They used to encourage the girls to have abortions and I was determined that wasn’t happening ... so then it was where was I going to be from there.  So the Children’s Society in their infinite wisdom came up with the plan: I could go to a mother and baby home in London.  Where I didn’t know anybody, because the Children’s Society are that clever. But luckily, one of the girls at the hostel ... told me about Family First.  Because she had been going to go to Family First ... but  then she had an abortion so she didn’t end up going.  So because she told me about Family First ... I ended up in Nottingham." 

Moved to The Croft in 1971 

"Ruth had this thing where you didn’t get to look round the rooms. When I was in the Children’s Home, if somebody came to the Children’s Home, I don’t know, some benefactor or whatever, then you know they’d get taken round the bedrooms and everything. But my recollection of the Croft is that when you went there you might see the ...there was a communal room and a communal kitchen but you weren’t allowed in the ... because people were living in those rooms. So she might on the odd occasion sort of ask somebody, 'Oh I’ve got somebody who’ll becoming is it all right if they have a look,' but that was ... my recollection of that was, not a normal thing to do that, you know, it was your room, well you shared it, but the privacy was important, and the reason I recall that is because there was no privacy prior to that, there was no consideration of your, you know, your rights as an individual. That’s one of the things in the Children’s Society. I never felt there was consideration of that but I did feel that. So I remember meeting ... I remember Ruth because she’s very tall and well built and I like people like that because they look very strong and determined you know and that suits me ... so I like people like that, so she made an impact on me from that point of view as well from her physical stature. And also just from the way she was ... yeah. "