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4Citizens House is a registered charity  (1153267). Citizens House has served the community of Consett since 1948 when it was established with a grant from the American Federation of Labour to support postwar recovery and development in the area.  It became a thriving and well-used community centre,  relocating to premises in Station Road in 1985 (just next to Consett Medical Centre).

After a number of years the centre fell into a state of disrepair and the layout was outdated; something needed to be done to allow Citizens House to continue as a viable community resource. After a period of intensive work on grant applications with support from Durham County Council and others, Citizens House secured a £650,000 grant from the Big Lottery. The building was demolished in August 2018 and has now been replaced with a fantastic new purpose-built centre on the same site.

The new Citizens House provides space for a wide range of activities to enhance the well-being of local people and enrich community life and will continue to live up to its name: open to all citizens including those who are disadvantaged, vulnerable or isolated.

Also at Citizens House is the Oasis for Life Café, run by staff and volunteers from Learning for Life.  Learning for Life is a Consett-based college for people aged 16+ with a wide range of special needs and abilities. Oasis for Life Café is open Monday to Friday 9am till 3 pm – everyone’s welcome and we look forward to seeing you!