Adelaide House

With a needs led approach Adelaide House offers enhanced supervision within a structured and supportive environment for women, with extensive experience in working with female offenders who present with complex needs across a range of issues. The team are motivated, well trained and fully equipped to effectively meet the challenges presented by the women they work with.

Adelaide House’s history stretches back to the reign of George IV. From its origins and thanks to a visit from Elizabeth Fry – the great prison reformer, to her cousin in Liverpool, the charity known as ‘The Lancashire County Refuge for the destitute' was founded in 1823. There have been many changes since 1823 with the moving of the charity from Roscoe Street to its present site in Edge Lane. Adelaide House was named in memory of Miss Sarah Adelaide Clarke, a former prison warder from Walton Gaol she served as Matron of Adelaide House for over 50 years. In the last twenty-five years there have been further changes, with an extension to the building to provide better-equipped facilities for the residents. The hostel accommodates and works with adult women from the age of eighteen. It is now accountable to Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) now part of the Ministry of Justice. 

We collaborated with Adelaide House on our AW19 collection ‘Adelaide House’, named after the charity. Bethany was inspired by the city of Liverpool - the first city in the UK to have social housing and by the prominent socially engaged female politicians that have helped support their local communities. Bethany went to Liverpool to visit the Charity multiple times and to learn about the work that they do for these women. For the print story for the Adelaide House collection, Giorgia Chiarion accompanied Bethany on one of the visits and held a drawing session at Adelaide house, creating abstract portraits of the women, along with landscape paintings from around Liverpool. As with every collection, the partner charity from the season receives 20% of the profits from the sale of the collection. Aiming to support Adelaide House in it’s work supporting some of society’s most vulnerable women.

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