Quaker legacy to help women experiencing multiple vulnerabilities

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Jacqui Green (left), leader of the Park Street Mission from 1969 - 2018, hands a cheque from the sale of their Park Street building to Dame Janet Trotter, Chair of Trustees at The Nelson Trust, with Park Street Mission Trustees Pat and Andrew Turrall (right).

Jacqui Green (left), leader of the Park Street Mission from 1969 – 2018, hands a cheque from the sale of their Park Street building to Dame Janet Trotter, Chair of Trustees at The Nelson Trust, with Park Street Mission Trustees Pat and Andrew Turrall (right).

Proceeds from the sale of an historic building on Park Street, Gloucester have been donated to three Gloucestershire charities which serve vulnerable women and their families.

The Nelson Trust, Stroud Women’s Refuge and The Family Haven are the beneficiaries of the sale of the building formerly owned by Park Street Mission, which was set up in 1880 by Edith Sessions, a Quaker and the first woman magistrate in Gloucestershire.

The Trust Deed of the building specified that proceeds from its sale should go to The Home of Hope, built in 1873 by Gloucester Quakers as a refuge for unmarried mothers, the bulk of whom, it is said, were servants who had been ‘taken advantage of’. However, The Home of Hope closed in the 1930s and is now Hope House at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, which supports victims of sexual abuse.

The trustees honoured the original intention of the Trust Deed by choosing three local charities working with women experiencing multiple vulnerabilities.

Jacqui Green, leader of the Park Street Mission from 1969 – 2018, and Andrew and Pat Turrall, Trustees of the Quaker Mission, presented the cheque to Dame Janet Trotter, Chair of Trustees at The Nelson Trust, on Wednesday 19 June at The Nelson Trust Women’s Centre in Gloucester.

Dame Janet said: “We at the Nelson Trust are delighted to be in receipt of a generous gift now the Mission House has been closed and sold. In dedicating a plaque to Edith Sessions in the garden at the Women’s Centre in Brunswick Square we are delighted to be honouring her work and that of the Quakers who have been active in the city since 1660.”

The Gloucester Women’s Centre, run by The Nelson Trust, provides a safe, women-only space with a creche, offering support on accommodation, substance misuse, domestic abuse, education and employment, emotional wellbeing, health, and contact with the criminal justice system.

The Nelson Trust also specialises in trauma-informed residential rehabilitation for men and women, training other professionals in trauma-informed approaches and working with people who experience multiple challenges, and increasing employment opportunities for people in the recovery community through its Hub Enterprises.

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