It was with a heavy heart that Asha bowed to the inevitable and closed except for two hours a day on two days a week.
This is so the 100+ men, women and families who call each week for food can continue to do so.
At present Asha has not been able to buy-in supplies but we hope when panic buying eases, we will be able to do so. We are determined to offer this most practical support and signifier that we care to our users for as long as possible.
Already Asha supporters have shown they care and have begun to donate money as well as food. We can use both!
Food can most easily be delivered to the porch of
32 Dartmouth Avenue, Newcastle ST5 3NY
This will maintain the distance we are being asked to keep from one another.
For details of ways to donate, please log on www.asha-uk.org
SOCIAL ISOLATION and REMOTE SUPPORT
We worry about parents with children especially single Mums and women on their own. For these, the Women and Children groups are the highlight of the week. Friendships are formed and mutual help and support comes to the fore. Loneliness is alleviated and social isolation lessened. Football performs a similar function for young me, offering a semblance of normality and a relief from stress.
During the weeks ahead, Asha will seek to phone our users to reassure them that they are not forgotten, and that Asha remains there for them.
Our volunteers are telling us that they are as bereft as we are. Getting to know people from different parts of the world, doing whatever we can to ‘make a difference,’ is enriching. To suddenly be torn away from welcoming newcomers and from sharing the time of day with those we are accustomed to seeing most weeks, is wretched.
Please keep us and our users in your mind’s eye.
Godfrey, Jane, Lydia, John, Angela, Ryn, Jackie, Paula, Gill, Keita and Tamba