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© Real Deal Plus 2021 Registered Charity No 1148731 / Company No. 7886315

“REAL DEAL PLUS is committed to supporting its partners in developing skills and abilities that will enable them to progress towards independent living”

Ashington Life Centre


REAL DEAL PLUS acquired the old Police Station and Court House on Station Road in Ashington in November 2014.  

The Charity is using the building to implement a community support programme and provide much needed help and support to the residents of Ashington.

The Ashington Life Centre acts as a community hub offering help, counselling and support programmes as well as life skills training.  We also operate an emergency food bank which provides support when social services and other food banks are closed.



Ashington Life Centre provides a wealth of resources for the local community. A Teen Bar, Community Café with freshly made soup and ‘Meal Days’, Gardening project, Furniture Supply project, Emergency Food Bank and much more.  We have facilities to let such as our training room and large Function Room.  Several offices have been refurbished  and enquiries from Community groups,small businesses/individuals are welcomed.  We have recently updated our kitchen facilities and a healthy meal programme (hot meals/soups) is now in full swing.

Our Youth Project at the Centre is based around the coffee bar which is currently open on Monday & Tuesday evenings and Saturdays to provide a safe place for young people aged 10-16 to ‘drop in’ and chat and also take part in various projects and activities.  See our ‘Youth Programme’ page for more details. It is intended that a variety of training programs will be run from the centre and we have both independent trainers and companies keen to provide apprenticeship training.

We currently receive referrals from Social Services, Social Justice, Northumbria Police, Northumbria Healthcare, Women’s Refuge and the Job Centre and have implemented an independent emergency Food Bank which is run from the Centre. We also provide support packs for the homeless (flasks, food, toiletries, rucksacks, tents, sleeping bags etc.).

Community Shop

Our Community Shop sells good quality second hand clothes and other goods at a fraction of the cost of other High Street Charity Shops.  We are staffed mainly by volunteers and all profits go back into the Centre to benefit the local community.


Our centre is staffed mainly by volunteers.  If you have a few hours a week to spare to help us change lives in our local community we would love to hear from you.  Contact details are available here.  Due to the nature of our work, DBS checks will be compulsory for some volunteering positions.