HEREFORD is home to a group of young people who refuse to be labelled as “misfits” or “hoodies” and are instead actively helping their community.

The Epics, a group organised by the youth centre Close House, volunteer in a range of projects in the community, and are supported by youth workers.

Until recently, they were funded by the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner. Now, the group needs your help more than ever to carry on supporting young people and volunteering in the community.

For this year’s Christmas appeal, the Hereford Times is working in partnership with the Herefordshire Community Foundation to raise money for Close House.

Hereford Times: Hereford Times Christmas Appeal 2023

As well as being the base of the Epics, Close House helps others aged between 11 and 24 to become more mature and develop skills to lead full lives.

It aims to break cycles of negative experiences and behaviour that some young people face, instead enabling them to find more control over the direction their lives take.

Many of these young people experience homelessness, abuse, mental illness or substance misuse, and some have criminal records and are not in education or employment.

  • To donate to the Hereford Times Christmas Appeal 2024, visit or send a cheque made payable to Herefordshire Community Foundation to: Hereford Times Christmas Appeal 2023, Herefordshire Community Foundation, The Fred Bulmer Centre, Wall Street, Hereford, HR4 9HP.

Your money will help change the lives of young people for the better.