Ashington has a desperate need for a facility like the Ashington Life Centre....
According to recent statistics Wansbeck is the 46th most deprived local authority
of the 354 in England. New figures show that one in five children under the age
of four in the county are living in poverty – and it is almost one in three in the
worst-affected area, Wansbeck.
Northumberland is now the second-worst bankruptcy black spot in England, and 13%
of its working-age population are receiving unemployment benefit.
Increasing numbers of people are living in financial and/or fuel poverty, having
to choose whether to eat or keep warm. Many of these are elderly, single, bereaved
or struggling after a relationship breakdown - often suffering from loneliness.
What we provide
Our drop-in provides a warm environment where people are able to come and have a
hot drink, something to eat and some friendly company. All drinks and food at the
drop in is FREE and available 10.30-4pm. (Donations are welcomed) and our Friday
Meal Days provide a very low cost (£3.00) healthy meal for those on a tight budget.
Our Community Café is open throughout the day Mon-Sat and we aim to extend our ‘hot
soup’ provision to include some evenings.
Help and advice is also available on a variety of subjects from relationship issues
to debt counselling, drug and alcohol abuse to life skills training. We also currently
have the services of an NHS Health Trainer every Monday for support and advice on
healthy living and cooking on a budget.
Gardening & Furniture Projects
Our gardening project is now well established and the furniture restoration and supply
project is also up and running. The garden helps provide volunteering opportunities
and produce which is used to make our soups and meals but can also be sold to raise
funds which help maintain the Centre. The furniture project enables us to provide
furniture and other items for those desperately in need.
Teen Bar & Youth Programme
Our Youth Programme has begun and our Teen Bar is now open. This provides a safe
place for young people to come - an alternative to hanging around on the streets.
Snacks and hot drinks are available as well as a selection of activities, games,
DVDs and music. Help and advice are always on hand we plan to invite guest speakers
to talk about subject relevant to today’s young people. Recent funding will enable
us to appoint dedicated youth workers to develop the programme.
Art Therapy & Craft Clubs
We hold Art Classes every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and our Craft Club runs on
Wednesdays. Activities include card making, jewellery making, clay work, pin flair,
cross stitch, decoupage and many more! All welcome.
Emergency Food and Clothing Bank
The Food Bank bridges the gap when local Food Banks are closed and supplies food
parcels on a referral basis. Referrals are accepted from Social Services, Jobcentre,
Citizen’s Advice and local Doctor’s surgeries. Our Community Shop also doubles as
a Clothing Bank to supply clothing for those living on the streets.
Our Community Shop sells very low cost, nearly new clothing, toys and household items
at a fraction of the High Street Charity Shop Prices. For many people living on
benefits, even the Charity Shop prices are beyond their reach and our Community Shop
helps to provide much needed clothing and other items to families struggling in today’s
current financial climate.
Please consider whether you are able to support us either financially or by donating
goods or your time. To donate Click Here