Located on the outskirts of Bishop Auckland in County Durham, Woodhouse Close Church Community Centre is helping people of all ages. Its Crisis Intervention Project offers vital support to people who are experiencing extreme hardship, financial or domestic crises.
Members of the church congregations across the area donate items for the foodbank, and when there is a particular need then a call goes out for more support.
People can also visit the Community Centre for advice on benefits or housing, with specialist advisors available at certain times of the week. More and more people come along for support, or sometimes just to feel part of something.
The Church Centre also provides a furniture project for people in crisis, such as people fleeing domestic violence or having to move somewhere at short notice. The project has become a vital part of the community, and a number of people who have been helped by Woodhouse are now volunteering to help in turn.