by Sarah Cope
Camden Green Party members attended the opening of the Crossroads Women’s Centre’s new premises on Friday night. After launching a fundraising campaign in October 2010, the centre has raised enough money to relocate to a former doll factory in Wolsey Mews, Kentish Town
Since the organisation was founded in 1975, they have faced two evictions and an attack by far right
group Combat 18. Originally located in a squat, they have been in Kentish Town since 1996,
where the centre has become a much-loved part of the local community.
Providing room and support for diverse groups of women, from asylum-seekers to sex workers, from
women with disabilities to environmental campaign groups, the launch was attended by a wide
range of people. It was noted that it was in fact a very international gathering, with attendees from,
amongst other countries, Haiti, Ireland, India, Ghana and the US.
The hope is that with a premises twice the size of the last one, Crossroads Women’s Centre will be
able to assist twice as many women as before, and thus be twice as effective. These are also fully accessible, and boast a peaceful courtyard garden.
Camden Green Party Chair Natalie Bennett, who was in attendance at the re-launch, said “Crossroads do great work – I’ve seen first-hand in particular the assistance they provide to foreign-born women in the UK experiencing visa problems, and to women struggling with financial problems, particularly those with children.
“With the increasingly harsh immigration laws and slashing of benefits that we’re sadly seeing now, I know that these mostly voluntary workers will be working harding than ever, and desperately need this space.”