The Ashley Foundation
is a registered homeless charity, established in 1997 for the purpose of providing accommodation and support to homeless people.
The charity has three hostels in the Blackpool area (Oak House, Elm House and Holly House), as well as thirty-four move-on flats, spread over seven sites. They also operate three hostels in Blackburn (Union House, Islington House and Canterbury House).
The Clothworkers' Foundation awarded a grant of £65,000 towards the purchase and renovation of a block of flats to provide independent 'move on' units for homeless adults in Blackpool. The total project cost was around £400,000.
The project was completed in February 2014 and now provides safe and secure accommodation for nine people at a time who had previously been homeless and living in hostels. In addition, the creation of the move-on accommodation has made extra space for service users in the hostels. Residents are able to benefit from specialist support and work towards moving into fully independent accommodation. This includes participation in healthy cooking, food hygiene/preparation and housekeeping skills classes as well as help to ensure that benefits are being correctly claimed and the provision of close support from therapeutic drug and alcohol workers.
Photos: The Ashley Foundation