REAL DEAL PLUS is an independent Charity established inDecember 2011 - Charity No.
1148731, Company No. 7886315
Our charitable objects are:
Relief of homeless and other persons who are in need, hardship or distress, in particular
(without limitation) through the promotion and provision of supported accommodation,
the provision of respite, education, training, information and advice for such persons
by providing facilities which will lead to self-reliance and independent living within
Ashington Central is one of the 10% most deprived wards in the whole of Northumberland.
Since opening our drop in service in January 2014, we have become aware of an ever-growing
number of Ashington residents living with loneliness & isolation, health issues,
substance misuse issues, food & fuel poverty and long term unemployment.
We support vulnerable people in our local community by offering a warm place of care
and refuge, a listening ear, companionship and direct practical help. We currently
run a Community Cafè, provide free home-made soup and very low cost meals, operate
a job club with 1:1 support for those with poor or no ICT or literacy skills, provide
CBT counselling, and supply furniture, clothing and food parcels to those in need
- both directly with proof of benefits, or by referral from local social services.
We offer volunteering opportunities through our drop in tea room, community shop
and allotment project. We have painting and Art therapy classes running as well
as a craft club and have just received 3 years funding to provide 2 part-time Youth
Workers to develop our existing work with young people.
Our centre is currently staffed entirely by volunteers and we work in partnership
with Green Pastures, Ashington YMCA, Wansbeck Disability Forum, Family Wise, Hospitality
and Hope, Northumbria Healthcare, Social Services, Northumbria Police, Citizen’s
Advice, Job Centre Plus, Wansbeck Centre for Voluntary Service (CVS), Making Winter
Warmer for the Homeless and Bernicia Homes. We also hope to develop further partnerships
with other Local Authorities and Social Services.
The challenges in our Community and our response
Current developments & ongoing projects
We have recently been given a local storage facility for our furniture supply programme
and have now transferred our furniture stocks to their own site. We are now currently
developing links with existing partners and new organisations to extend our services
in the local area.
This has released areas of the Centre for refurbishment to provide even more support
We are now in the process of installing showers and changing rooms, creating day
bed/sitting rooms to relax or sleep in and provide a free laundry service for those
who are homeless as well as access to our emergency food & clothing banks, provision
of sleeping bags and other essential items and ongoing support.