Official opening of Northallerton’s Living Room

Coun Hardisty is pictured cutting the ribbon watched by founder Ruth Rice and chair Steve Cowie

A project which offers an open house and a welcome where all are valued and enabled to find the help they need to improve their wellbeing has officially opened.

‘The Living Room’ based in Garthway Arcade, Northallerton provides a wide range of support for people with life issues ranging from stress and anxiety to depression and loneliness. The project, complete with sofas and a quite/prayer room, is a relaxing place where people can feel safe and valued whatever their situation. Visitors can chat over a coffee or tea, sit quietly or join in the various craft or other activities taking place.

The Living Rooms is a new registered charity, the founding trustees of which are from the churches in Northallerton. It is supported by ONE Northallerton, (Churches Together) and is working in collaboration with a number of local statutory and voluntary organisations.  They are also partnering with several organisations including Hambleton FoodShare who will be operating from there soon, Renew Wellbeing, Jubilee Debt Advice and NHS mental health teams.

The project has received significant financial support from the churches of the town, The Jack Brunton Trust, Hambleton District Council’s Making a Difference Grant, North Yorkshire County Council and the Police & Crime Commissioner in addition to many individuals.

It was officially opened by Coun Kevin Hardisty, chairman of Hambleton District Council, who thanked all those involved and welcomed the initiative as a valuable contribution to the wellbeing of the town which the District Council had been glad to support.

Steve Cowie, chair of Trustees of The Living Rooms, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support received from so many sources and individuals across the town and the way in which this project has been embraced. We have a team of over 40 dedicated volunteers who will create a space where it’s okay not to be okay and where many in our community will be helped.”

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