NEWS! - Major funding from the Big Lottery Community Fund!
We are thrilled to announce our Lottery funded project started on 1st April! In November
we were awarded £310,043 to to help develop Ashington Life Centre. The grant was
awarded through THE NATIONAL LOTTERY COMMUNITY FUND, the UK’s largest funder of community
activity. It will allow us to provide lift access to upper floors for users with
mobility issues, combine the existing Community Café areas to allow better access
and create a more user friendly space as well as creating three new jobs.
Pictured are our Local Funding Officer Stephanie Ellis and Real Deal Plus CEO Davey
A big ‘Thank you’ to everyone who plays the National Lottery, we wouldn’t be able
to do this without you.
from school children to pensioners. We are providing food and hot drinks to some
of the community’s most vulnerable people, especially those suffering from financial
and fuel poverty. We supply furniture, clothing and food parcels to those desperately
in need as well as packs of essential items, tents & sleeping bags, showering & laundry
facilities & a day sleeping room for those who are homeless.
Our Community Cafe allows local members of the community a warm place of care and
refuge, a listening ear, companionship and direct practical help. We currently receive
referrals from a number of statutory and local services and community organisations
including NHS, Crisis teams, mental health support workers, Northumbria Police and
local housing offices. We provide volunteering opportunities to help provide experience
and training to help those unemployed back into the workplace Our Job Club provides
1:1 support for those with low literacy/IT skills with Job Search/application, CV
writing and interview preparation. Our Benefits & Welfare team give support with
form filling and benefit information - especially to those with disabilities.
*NEW VOLUNTEER VACANCIES* We are currently recruiting volunteers for Ashington Life
Centre to cover extended opening hours once our refurbishment is completed. More
details and application forms are on our Vacancies page.
iting volunteers to work in our Community Kitchen.
The vacancy is to cover Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9am - 4pm and duties will
include making hot breakfast sandwiches e.g bacon, egg, sausage etc as well as a
variety of toasties all to be available during the day till 3pm.
You will be required to have experience of catering, working to Environmental Health
standards and hold a current Food Hygiene Certificate.
Ashington Life Centre provides vital help and support to some of the most vulnerable
people in the surrounding area. We have huge numbers of people using our services
every week and these numbers continue to increase week on week as more people become
affected by the current economic climate. - especially since the introduction of
Universal Credit and other benefit changes. Our facilities and services are being
used by people of all ages -