Planting bulbs in Hanley Heritage Park 29 November 2019

It is a bit late in the day to plant bulbs, but one user enjoyed the experience and we hope more will do so in the spring.  Looking ahead Claire, the Hanley Park Liaison Officer, attended Asha this Friday morning to describe the various free activities in the Park available to anyone who wishes to

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Bringing our neighbours together Saturday 23 November 2019

Our Muslim neighbours at Stepping Stones invited Asha and others in the neighbourhood of Shelton to meet, eat and network to breakdown stereotypes of who we are and what we represent and to strengthen a sense of a shared community. Angela, a new volunteer and four Asha users including a Mum with two children took

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Litter picking in Cheadle 22 November 2019

Why Cheadle?  Because Asha receives regular support from the Methodist Church and as Heather Bates said, “They do this as a way of saying thank to the people who support them.” The group of four staff and 12 asylum seekers were greeted by the Revd. Julie Hassall, a minister and superintendent of the Staffordshire Moorlands

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Asylum Early Action 25 October 2019

Tamba and Misbah represented Asha at a national forum in London funded by Refugee Action. The forum aims to discover and implement services that help people in the asylum system before they reach crisis point. The forum is a vehicle to give of asylum seekers a campaigning voice on issues like the (broken) dispersal system

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Every child deserves a toy for Christmas 12 November 2019

Asha’s children may even have two toys this Christmas and we think they deserve them.  This is thanks to the Longton Tesco/Stoke City FC Christmas Toy Appeal and Keele students who are also collecting for Asha.    Angela attended the Tesco/Stoke FC launch conducted by Cllr Jackie Barnes, Lord Mayor of Stoke-on Trent and the

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Alsager Justice and Peace

9 November 2019 Eight members of Alsager Justice and Peace visited the Women and Children groups on their way to visit the City Centre Mosque.  The morning was just getting underway when they arrived and after preliminary introductions the group spread out to talk to some of our volunteers and Mums.  This was followed by

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Community Learning Day – The World of Work

4 November 2019 Led by Matt Pointon, Project Officer for the TUC You Learn and Shaun Pender (Unite), 35 Asha users gathered to get pointers about the world of work which included role playing interviews.  The only hiccup was that Asha had thought that Matt had arranged for food to be brought in and Matt

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‘Binful of Asha as refugees help keep town centre tidy’

30 October 2019 This was the heading of a half page spread in the Leek Post and Times! Cars and an eight-seater taxi delivered Asha staff and users to Trinity Church in Leek to litter pick around the Wednesday market and nearby streets.  This was no ordinary litter pick!  Greeted by the Town Mayor, Cllr

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Rubbish disposal and hand washing

18 October 2019 Tamba Musa was the inspiration behind this workshop which was attended by 27 asylum seekers from different background and ethnicities who came together to learn about the importance of rubbish collection and recycling. Godfrey Seminega was introduced by Tamba and he led an inter-active session on what to put in the different

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