Alington House Community Association

Alington House Community Association

 Alington House Community Association is a registered charity that hosts community-based activities and events in the centre of Durham. Alington House currently provides a venue for a wide-range of events, projects and groups, and has a diverse set of users. The Association is managed by two part-time workers and seven trustees, and is supported by twenty volunteers.

As part of its ongoing development, the Association has been working with community groups that use the facility to find out how the House can be best used in the future and can continue to help the community. With the help of local environmental and food groups, the Association has decided to refurbish their café in order to provide a place that will encourage healthy eating. They will utilise locally sourced produce and will be run by volunteers, most of which are unemployed. The idea is to develop their skills in management and food services.

The Association have already received funding to refurbish their kitchen area in order to link them with their community gardens, but now require funding to refurbish the café/bar area with new furniture, non-slip flooring and other materials to complete the project. The refurbished café will also serve as a safe and accessible hub within the House, which can be used as a training area for groups and a friendly gathering space for all attendees.

Alington House Community Association have been awarded a grant of £1,000.00 by the Northumbrian Water Environment Fund, alongside funding from the Community Action Fund.