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.
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 -
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Ashington Life Centre is open to the public between 11am & 2pm Mon-Fri during lockdown
for emergency food parcels, foodbank referrals and homeless support only. Only one
person allowed at a time social distancing rules apply and face masks MUST be worn.
All other projects suspended during this time however we are still supplying vital
items of furniture and white goods where necessary.
During 2020 we saw unprecedented demand for emergency food supplies and other support
and thanks to the dedication of our staff and the generosity of our funders and members
of the public we were able to help members of the local community on thousands of