Charity is tackling isolation

A county charity working to help and support people experiencing loneliness and isolation have extended their free coffee morning drop in.

Real Deal Plus works to bejp the people of Ashington, and is extending their coffee morning atAshington Life Centre, which is currently open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, to include free hot soup and a bun over the winter months.

Director Kath Falcus said: “The drop in provides a warm, safe, friendly environment where people can receive help, support and signposting if needed.

“We are continuing to provide emergency food parcels to people referred by our partner agencies, especially over weekends and bank holidays when local main food banks and other social services are closed.

“We also supply emergency packs to those unfortunate enough to find themselves living on the streets, which include emergency shelters, all weather capes, sleeping bags, food items, torches and other essential items.”

The charity has also opened a Teen bar to provide a safe environment where young people aged ten to 15 can come with their friends as an alternative to wandering the streets.

For more information about Real Deal Plus and the full services they provide, or to get involved, visit