Close House is a Youth Centre in Hereford, in the West Midlands, UK. We help young people aged 11-24 to become mature, be helpful and grow hungry for a full life.
All of our project aim to be Safe, Supportive and Inspiring.
Safe: Young people should be free to enjoy their youth; free from risk-taking behaviour, free from risk taking behaviour, free from abuse. At Close House drop-in centre we have pool tables, games consoles, arts and crafts, musical instruments, outdoor games and internet access. And everything’s free.
Supportive: Projects are staffed by qualified and experienced youth workers who provide informal support on anything from school and family to drugs, relationships and healthy living.
Inspiring: The staff team and partners put on workshops, activities and showcases that include a variety of exciting themes, including media, music, arts, cookery, games tournaments, home skills, volunteering and community action.
We aim to break the cycle of negative experience and behaviour that some young people face, helping them find hope and aspiration and enabling them to control the direction their own lives take. The vast majority of the young people using Close House are vulnerable, disadvantaged or socially excluded. We work with a large number who experience homelessness, mental health issues, substance misuse, have minor criminal records, are not in education, training or employment or who have suffered abusive childhoods. With good support, positive activities and opportunities to get creative and expressive, these young people can change their story to one of hope and optimism.
Close House is a Registered Charity (1114192)
and a Company Ltd by Guarantee (05641665)