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"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."

"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"

"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 "

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Stella's Story

"I left school at seventeen, I didn’t bother finishing my A Levels. I wanted to go out and have a job. And I worked briefly for the electricity board in a very boring office capacity and then I applied for a job using my initials rather than my name in a laboratory at British Gypsum at a time when most women ... didn’t work in that sort of job. So I got an interview and they were a bit surprised when I turned up and I was a woman and I got the job and I worked there until I got married and thoroughly enjoyed it. 

I don’t know if I ever had any great ambition. I think in those days the whole attitude was still to a large extent that you found yourself a job until you got married and then you were kept by your husband and raised children and maybe got a job eventually. My mum never worked after she had us. She was a housewife ... and she used to do lots of things, going out and dressmaking and what have you.

But I don’t think I ever had a great ambition. I would have liked to have been a vet but I don’t think I was clever enough.  So that went out of the window. And I toyed with the idea of going to University and the headmistress tried to persuade me to stay on but I didn’t. I regret it now but at the time I wanted to go out in the wide world and have a job. And have some money to spend. Waste of youth really."

"...I was married for a short time and left. And I went back to live at home with my parents who by then were living in Warwickshire and I wanted to come back to Nottingham. I didn’t want to stay in the country with my parents. I wanted to get back into a town or a city. So I came back looking for somewhere to live when I was quite pregnant, I think ... yes I must have been ... and I can’t honestly remember how I got in touch with The Croft but I did and initially they offered a room in a house off Woodborough Road. I can’t remember what it’s called, something Grove and I went in and I was horrified. It was an old house and it was sharing with somebody and the whole place was covered in baby nappies, there was hardly room to move in it and I was quite shocked because I’d not lived anywhere like that although I’d had my own bedsits and flats and then they offered me a place in The Croft. So I accepted that and I came straight from hospital having had my son and moved into The Croft."