At AYCC, we pride ourselves on making a real difference to our local community, Woodhouse Close. Our strong, successful track record stretches back to 1964.

We have a special place in the hearts of many. We are a warm and welcoming community hub inspiring people to achieve their true potential; a familiar space with friendly staff and volunteers mentoring and nurturing young and old.

We provide volunteers with structured support, from induction through to personal development and mentoring, and onward pathways to new opportunities.

Our History

AYCC Timeline

February 1964

Centre Opened

The Auckland Youth and Community Centre, originally called the Auckland Club was opened on 14th February 1964. The centre was officialy opened by Councillor R.Hindmarch.JP. Chairman of Bishop Auckland U.D.C.

October 1988

Johnson Room Dedicated To Les And Vera Johnson

The Johnson Room was dedicated to Les and Vera Johnson on the 28th October 1988. This dedication was made in recognition of their long and loyal service to the Auckland Youth and Community Centre. 


Sports Hall Opened 

In the mid 1990’s Auckland Youth and Community Centre opened its fantastic new sports hall as part of an extension to the north side of the existing building, facing Walker Drive.

June 1996

Hayley’s Room Dedicated In Memory Of Local Young Person

We were very sorry to lose one of the local young people who loved coming to the Centre and participating in our youth sessions. We wanted to celebrate Hayley’s short life by dedicating our conference and meeting room to her memory.

January 2001

Out Of Schools Club (Childcare) Opened

Auckland Out Of School Care joined us here in January 2001. As Auckland Youth and Community Centre’s out of school club they provide an Ofsted registered childcare service for the local community.

February 2014

Golden Anniversary Celebration Year

Auckland Youth and Community Centre turned 50 on Valentine’s Day 2014. To celebrate this fantastic achievement, we hosted a fun-day during February half-term to thank the local community for all of their hard work and loyal support over the years.

Looking ahead to the next half-century, we launched our new logo following a competition open to children and young people and judged by trustees and other long-term friends of the centre.

January 2017

Widening Horizons Project Launch 

Funded by the Big Lottery, our exciting new Widening Horizons project will help us to support and inspire even more people in the local area to improve their well-being, skills confidence, health and much more.