Glenroyd House based in Consett, County Durham is a registered charity that provides a little bit of everything to the local community and surrounding areas.
Visiting the centre, it is clear to see the space is truly being used to its full potential, from crafty social sessions, drop-in clinics with the home group for housing and benefits assistance, wellness and exercise classes, a contraceptive clinic and sessions with counselling service talking changes, all taking place in one centre is incredible, there really is something for everyone at Glenroyd House.
When asked to describe Glenroyd House centre Manager Sharon Unsworth explains “Glenroyd House is just one big happy family our motto is we never look down on people, we only look down when we are picking them up”. One of the most important elements of the work conducted at Glenroyd House is the community pantry that provides local people in need with food and hygiene parcels. “if they are struggling, they don’t have to be on benefits, the community pantry is for everyone even those who work, they are entitled to the food hampers as well” says Sharon.
The Glenroyd Community Pantry supports around 4-6 members of the community today and the service relies on the help from volunteers who spend their time packaging up food and toiletries for those who vitally need them. “We always make sure to ask those using the service why they are struggling as it allows us to signpost them on to where they can get further help” explains Sharon, highlighting the integrated approach the centre takes to helping those in the community. The community pantry also receives vital donations from supermarkets in the area such as Morrison’s and Iceland.
Speaking with those regularly using the facilities at Glenroyd house it is clear to see t hat the centre means so much to local people. “Glenroyd house has been my lifeline since I have been homeless” explains a regular user of the Glenroyd House facilities “I can come here and stay warm during the day; the staff here couldn’t do enough for me and I’m safe here”.
With the support from volunteers and incredible hard work of the staff it is clear to see that this centre is truly something the Consett Community should be proud of.