The Nottingham Child Contact Centre

The Nottingham Child Contact Centre (formerly known as the Access Centre) at St Andrew’s with Castle Gate, provides a neutral meeting ground where children from broken homes can meet and spend time with the parent they do not live with. This was the original concept of Mary Lower, who conceived the idea whilst serving as a magistrate. She realised there was a need for some space in which the non-custodial parent could have access to their child, which was not associated with either parent or with officialdom. We open our halls on Saturday mornings and Saturday afternoons for this and families may be referred to the Child Contact Centre by the courts or through solicitors.

Following the success of the idea in Nottingham, a group called the National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC) has formed nationwide. To begin with, NACCC had their national office in one of the rooms on the lower ground floor of our halls but, with the growth of the organisation, they eventually moved to larger premises elsewhere.

The number of member centres throughout the country has now risen above 300. An annual conference has been held at the church, but has now grown so large that it is being held at the Clifton site of the Nottingham Trent University.

In 2015, the year our centre celebrated its 30th anniversary, the Nottingham Child Contact Centre was given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. We are proud that the pioneering work of Mary Lower, our then Minister, Rev’d Hamish Baillie, and the congregation has been recognised through this prestigious award.

Information for Contact Centre clients

Our Child Contact Centre is only open on Saturdays and the Contact Centre ‘phone number may only be used at that time.

Anyone wishing to get in touch with the Child Contact Centre during the week should consult the Parents’ Information Leaflet for telephone numbers. Our Contact Centre has its own website here. Alternatively, you can get details from the National Association of Child Contact Centres, tel: 0845 4500 420 or email