Open door policy for CLOSE HOUSE in Hereford
According to its 2012 Annual Report, Close House: 'exists to help young people aged 13–24 in Herefordshire, mostly through leisure time activities, to develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacity that they may grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society.'
Approaching its 10th year, 300 young people and rising use the facilities annually. The manager, Ben Lea, who nine years ago was Hereford’s first voluntary youth worker, states that: '2012 has been an epic year' of achievements and self-belief among the young people involved.
The wearing of I AM EPIC wristbands and t-shirts by the young people has led to increased confidence, self-regard and positivity, as readily perceived by David Knowles, Provincial Grand Charity Steward representing Herefordshire Freemasons on a visit to Close House.
Herefordshire masons are doing everything they can to support the work undertaken at Close House, and a donation has recently been presented, see above.