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OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE: HOW YOU CAN HELP Thursday, 19 March 2020

We announced yesterday that The Auckland Project destination will be closing temporarily due to COVID-19.

During this time, we are diverting our efforts to help the Bishop Auckland community in providing food at a time of some distress for many families. We do this under the initiative we are calling ‘The Auckland Project: Closed Doors, Open Hearts.’

We have had several enquiries from visitors who would like to offer their support. If you would like to offer a donation of some kind, please read on to find out how you can help.


Throughout the current COVID-19 situation, we are focusing on supporting the most vulnerable people in our community. In our central kitchen, our catering team are aiming to produce hundreds of meals every day, for as long as we can. We are working closely with local partners in Bishop Auckland to distribute meals. If you would like to support this work, you can donate online here.

We are also asking ticket bookers to consider donating the cost of their tickets for cancelled events rather than asking for a refund.


We are currently redeploying some of our workforce members to support the local community and as such, we are not processing new volunteers at this time.

However, if you would like to volunteer your time with The Auckland Project in the long-term, you can email to register your interest.

Other community groups may be looking for volunteers to support their COVID-19 efforts, but please be aware that some might not have the resources to process a lot of additional volunteer applications at this time.

Durham Community Action can direct those interested in volunteering to organisations who need support. They are currently processing volunteer applications as normal. Find out more about volunteering on their website.

Follow the Feeding Families Bishop Auckland on Facebook, where they will post updates with requests for help and support.


The NHS are encouraging blood donors to keep any upcoming appointments, if possible, to ensure enough supplies are collected. You can find out more on the NHS website.

Thank you for your interest in supporting our community.

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