Asha North Staffordshire

A letter to supporters and volunteers 25/06/21


Asha’s optimistic plan for Lunch on the Car Park on 26 June have, as we feared might happen, been put back until Monday, 19 July. On that day, Asha plans a phased reopening with the resumption of a full programme of activities the following week.

An event to gather everyone together will take place later when Asha has had an opportunity to get to know a lot of new arrivals.

Home delivery of food on Mondays and distribution on Thursdays, will continue for the time being. Ryn and Jackie’s programme of out of doors activities for families is gathering momentum and Tamba is facilitating online interviews for users with Refugee Action. Lydia is taking online referrals from the British Red Cross, as well as being available to Asha’s users for immigration advice. Keita is keeping the bike bank going and Asha’s contribution to the NHS Digital Health programme.  John continues to organize online English teaching and is in conversation with Keele University’s English Language Unit for students to resume classroom teaching.

Henni, who has made an outstanding contribution to our children’s work, has left for London to train as a teacher. Staff met with her and Gill, who withdrew earlier for personal reasons, and both were thanked and given an extravagant bunch of flowers, and Henni, a whistle, an inspired choice!

Asha’s volunteers can expect a telephone call from Angela or Helen about their return to Asha, where they will be needed more than ever.

New prospective volunteers can expect to hear from us very soon.

Our manager, Godfrey, has just returned from sick leave and Jane, who stepped-up as deputy manager during Godfrey’s absence, has had to contend with a broken arm. Both need a recuperative holiday!  Kevin, our chair, has had a successful operation, and Angela who was hospitalized for a couple days, was able to resume driving this week. Cath, our vice chair, has stepped up in Kevin’s absence and will do so again when Kevin endures chemotherapy.

Asha sends best wishes and hopes that whatever your personal experience you have weathered whatever the last months has thrown at you.

For information: [email protected] T: 01782-616368

Due to the impact of COVID 19, British Red Cross informed us they are unable to provide a service at Asha. They have moved to an online service.
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