Suit up

When the going gets tough, the EPICs get going. Since we have to wear masks and hug the walls to maintain social distance, it’s the perfect time to spruce the place up a bit.

The last painting party saw the Red Room become the Fandango, which has been a contentious issue ever since. Who knows what colour the pool room will end up!

All Hands On Deck!

With the Close House Open day approaching it’s all hands on deck. We’ve been sending out invites, fixing that dodgy table that needed doing and making sure all are fed and happy helpers. We’ve had a good day playing Postman Pat, Bob the Builder and the Great British bake off.

for more information about the Close House Open Day please email

Filming fun

This week at Close House we have had fun filming our new and exciting video: ‘All about Close House’ (coming soon). We had Pizza, doughnuts and young people galore; as we tried to capture the true heart of the drop in, with the help of the staff and the young people. Some young people were camera shy at first but soon let their true Hollywood nature come out owning the camera, with flair and enthusiasm. Thank you to Toni and Rich who came to film and were completely awesome. also a huge thank you to all the young people who wanted to come and share, how amazing Close House is to them.

Heres a few fun snapshots from the day.

Three Counties, Three Days, Lots of Fun.




Summer is here and with that brings this years sunny festivals, and Close House with the EPICs were out sun lotion in hand to help support the Three Counties Show in Malvern.

Based in the Church tent helping with the arts and crafts table discussing the impact of plastic and the importance of recycling. The lovely people running the Worcestershire Diocese cafe tent,

looked after us for three days with Cake, Tea and laughs, which the young people appreciated (and so did the leaders).

The young people loved the festival as a whole and enjoyed seeing John Challis (Boyce from ‘Only Fools and Horses’) as a famous face, to top off the weekend.

Turkey, Tinsel & Teenagers


Close House EPICs donned their Christmas outfits to help out at Kindle Centre’s Christmas meal!

Guests may have been surprised when Santa’s Elves, a snow woman and many other festive young people were the team of waiters and servers who were out at the Kindle event.

One things for sure we aren’t surprised by the care and support our young people gave during the event.

Old Market Marathon


On the 15th October Close House supporter Chris will be running the Birmingham Marathon for Close House. We thought he better do a test run first!

So on the 23rd September Close House and Chris set up a treadmill at The Old Market Hereford! Chris was on the treadmill for most of the miles, although he had help from Close House staff and young people!

We raised £170 on the day and would like to thank all that donated. Special thanks to The Coffee Corner for the free smoothies and The Old Market for being a great host!

If you would like to donate then please get in touch with us  But watch out for our MyDonate page which will be going live very soon!

Purple Flag Award

P1060778.jpgOn Thursday July 27th, EPICs were present at the Mayors parlour for the presentation of the Purple flag, a mark of excellence awarded to towns with a clean and safe night life. Close House EPICs were on hand to do a last minute clean before judges visited Hereford and their hard work was formally congratulated on this evening. Chloe’s t-shirt couldn’t have been more fitting!!


Securing WiFi for Close House Young People


Primark security guard Chris, generous man as he is, is running a marathon on October 15th and has chosen to raise money for Close House.

Chris wanted the money to be put to use on something our young people really wanted so the staff team consulted the Housemates (frequent visitors to drop-in sessions) and the EPICs (our team of community volunteers.) Lack of WiFi in Close House was a top concern for young people so Chris set himself the goal of raising enough money to supply WiFi to them for a year.

He is well on the way to this target, thanks in part to his willingness to run the marathon dressed as a pink fairy. Yes, i am dying to see the finished article and i’m sure lots of other people are too.

Chris will be running with a GPS tracker on the day so minute by minute tracking of his progress will be available. A link will be provided closer to the race.

However, if you would like a preview of this spectacle of endurance and style then Close House and Chris will have a spot at the Old Market on Saturday, September 23rd to publicise the event. Not wanting to miss out on his training, Chris will also have a treadmill on site to get the miles in.

We would love to see you on the day so come along and lend your support to this great guy in his final weeks before the marathon.