Real Deal Plus

PARTNER

GP Bed Spaces
0

RESIDENTS 2020

Volunteering
Moved on into
independent living
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Overview

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.

Achieved to date

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 facilities.

Why we do this

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.

Future Plans

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.

green pastures review

When GP was asked by Davey and Kath Falcus to buy the old Police Station and Court House in Ashington in 2013 we could not have possibly envisaged the impact it would have on that local community. The community was in dire need and the love that Davey, Kath and all the many volunteers of Real Deal Plus have poured into their community has been truly humbling. The building is being constantly used in so many different ways all to bless the community. Not only is this love and dedication mightily impressive but there is no intention to rest on their laurels with plans to further develop the centre with grants recently obtained to expand activities, including enhancing disabled access. Davey is also talking to us about working with GP to develop some supported housing and so this journey continues unabated with much gusto and with a Christ-like servitude at its core!

Enjoy the video of Real Deal Plus intervew on BBC Newcastle.

contact

Davey Falcus

T:

01670 462097

A:

Ashington Life Centre, 104-108 Station Road, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 8RN

location

GP BEDS

0

other beds

0

partnership est.

Aug 2012

CHURCHES INVOLVED

1