Citizens 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 (we’re just next to Consett Medical Centre).
After a number of years the centre was in a poor state of repair, the layout was outdated – and something needed to be done to allow Citizens House to continue as a viable community resource. After a period of intense work on grant applications, Citizens House secured a £650,000 grant from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities fund. The building was demolished in August 2018 and is being replaced with a fantastic new purpose-built centre on the same site, and the new centre is due to re-open in late March/early April 2019. The Citizens House team is overseeing the rebuild project and will manage the centre on a day-to-day basis once it re-opens.
When complete, the centre will include a dedicated café and drop-in facility, divisible main hall and meeting rooms. The new building will provide 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.
Chairman George Gibbon says “We’d like to thank all our user groups for managing with alternative accommodation while your new ‘bigger and better’ Citizens House is being rebuilt and we very much look forward to welcoming you back in the near future”.