Asha North Staffordshire

A trip to the seaside 31/08/2019

A volunteer reported: ‘Llandudno did not disappoint!  When we arrived, it was windy and cold and the tide was in!  However as soon as the children saw the sea, they rushed towards it and started to play in the waves regardless of the weather.  By lunch time the sun came out and we all had a lovely afternoon.’ 

Three coaches had set off from Asha at 9 o’clock, only 15 minutes late. Families with children were a priority but Asha’s footballers were included and an assortment of regular Asha users and, of course, our asylum and local volunteers. On arrival volunteers from Alsager and Trinity Church in Leek were waiting to greet the coaches and point the way to the beach.  All the volunteers wore red Asha bibs so someone was always on hand in case of need.

A young man from Afghanistan was so enraptured by the sea and didn’t want to leave.  It is on a day like this that people seeking asylum can feel normal and it is on a day like this that happy memories are made.

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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