Charity No: 1166483 
Next Trustee Meeting    Wednesday 20th November
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Not for the faint hearted

Wedding Belles for Jonathon & Lucy

On Wednesday 30th October at Ashton United Social Club. We were over run with Aliens, Witches, Clowns and many more Ghoulish Characters from the local community who attended our Halloween Party, organised by the Charity Ashton United In The Communities Volunteers. The Ghouls had a ball dancing the evening away to haunting party tunes and a couple of witches won the dancing competition with their funky moves.

We played lots of games, pass the pumpkin, dress the mummy and musical statues and many more, followed by Halloween food and treats.

It was a great evening supported by local people who have asked for more family events.

Volunteers did a great job decorating and even dressing up for the event and worked well to make the event happen.

One family quoted that they had really enjoyed bringing their family to the club and how welcoming staff had been and would like to attend more family events.

Congratulations have a great wedding day Jonathan, & Lucy from The Trustees, staff and volunteers of Ashton United in the Community. Thanks so much for being a great AUITC Patron & nominating us as a charity to support https://prezola.com/wishlists/10208700/

The Charity are proud to announce, that Ashton United Football Club, have been awarded the Kick It Out Charter for football, the football club commented.  

‘Ashton United(AUFC) and Ashton United in the Community (AUITC) are proud to support Kick it Out. There is no place in our club and charity for discrimination and we will support all efforts to be more inclusive for all, regardless of their background.’

David Burke, Joint Chair AUFC and Trustee AUITC

Farewell John

On Saturday we will be saying farewell to one of our volunteers, John Thomas, as he takes in his last A.U.F.C. game before moving to Yeovil, John has thoroughly enjoyed his time with us, and commented, " All the people at the club have been great, made me welcome, and part of the family, and I have a great bond with Carol as safeguarding officer who has supported me with my self-worth.

My volunteering role has built my confidence and given me a new outlook in life.

I have had fun and experienced new things the escape rooms, having meals and doing events in Ashton Town Centre. I have done loads of things in the 6 months being at the club that I wouldn’t have done. The club is a family and makes everyone who comes through the door welcome.

I have enjoyed my time at the club and grateful for the experience and meeting great people and having made friends for life" We wish John well for the future.

Once a Robin always a Robin

Two asylum seekers from Uganda have been volunteering at Ashton United home games through the club’s community work.

Timothy and Ken have been involved with Ashton United in the Community (AUITC) for the past 18 months, and have recently received the news they have been granted leave to remain in the UK as refugees.

AUITC Project Manager Steve Hobson said: “Ken and Timothy have been like a breath of fresh air. They have thrown themselves into every task given, and always with a smile on their faces.

“Having supported them through the asylum-seeking process we now look forward to helping them secure employment and establishing themselves as UK residents.”

AUITC is the club’s community engagement arm and offers volunteering opportunities to local people and at Hurst Cross stadium.

It supports a number of projects that tackle issues associated with the deprivation prevalent in the community, such as poverty, loneliness, isolation, poor health and wellbeing, community safety, lack of education and unemployment.

Tim and Ken wrote a letter to the charity: “It's not every day that you will walk into a place and instantly feel at home, but this is exactly what it felt like when we walked into the front of Ashton United football club. The instant hospitality, kindness and support, that Steve Hobson and the rest of the staff gave us was more than a welcome and it instantly meant a safe haven to volunteer.

“To this day, it's now about one-year and five months since we joined Ashton United FC and  the charity, and over time we have become part of the family and thanks to the great support, we have now changed status from previously asylum seekers to Refugees granted leave to remain; this would never have been possible without the support.

“We are forever indebted to Ashton United FC 's generosity, support, skills that we have acquired over time and forever cherish the new family we have created with every member of staff at the club. Thank you, Ashton. We are glad to be part of your volunteering team and match day stewards. 
We look forward to more success.

“Ashton football club ranks as the number one volunteering choice destination.

“Kenneth and Timothy.”

Charity successful with Lottery bid

Ashton United in the Community (AUITC) is delighted to announce that the independent charity has been awarded almost £10k by The National Lottery Community Fund Awards For All England Programme.

AUITC Project Manager Steve Hobson said, ‘We are thrilled to receive the award in support of our volunteers who are engaging with the ‘Growing Well in Tameside’ initiative. The grant will be utilised to help improve mental and physical health and wellbeing for people across our community. We will be working together with partners across the district including Ashton United.’

Grounds team of the year 2019

Ashton United in the Community would like to congratulate all the volunteers who make up the Ashton United F.C. Grounds Team,who have been judged the Manchester Football Associations Grounds Team of the year.

Resounding success for Hurstfest 2019

Despite the wintery conditions, there was a tremendous turnout for Ashton United in the Community Hurstfest event, families enjoyed facepainting, bouncy castles, various animals,a football tournament, interacting with the emergency services, and a host of other activities to keep them happy. There was plenty of music on offer from a D.J. Brass Band and even a childrens plastic band, plenty of food and drink was on hand to compliment what was a wonderful day.

Ashton United in the Community Patron Angela Rayner M.P. was a welcome visitor, together with the Mayoress Cllr Denise Ward - Mcnally, and her Consort, Cllr David Mcnally.

Ashton United vice chairman Steve Hobson commented " What a great day at Hurstfest, despite the inclement weather. It was such a feeling of togetherness, with the whole community rallying round to ensure everyone had a day to remember "

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 AUITC in conjunction with AUFC - Donate Kit to GMP Tameside

Tameside Police are delighted to have been presented with a football kit to use when officers are supporting local people to raise funds and awareness through football matches.

 

Back in October officers and staff from GMP’s Tameside Borough, took part in a charity football match against Emmaus Mossley, at Mossley AFC’s Seel Park. The event raised over £2000, with all proceeds being donated to the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund, to be used towards the Bed Every Night campaign.

For the match, Ashton United Football Club kindly leant GMP Tameside one of their old kits for them to play in. The kit has now been donated to the GMP Tameside Borough by the Finnigan Family on behalf of Ashton United in the Community and Ashton United FC, who have had a custom designed GMP badge stitched on to the shirt.

 

Carol Finnigan, Trustee of Ashton United in the Community and the charity’s Welfare Officer said, “The police are very supportive of Ashton United in the Community and Ashton United FC initiatives. It’s great we can do our bit together in partnership to the benefit of the local community”.

 

Superintendent Jane Higham, of GMP’s Tameside Borough said “It’s really important that the police are seen as part of our community, and football is such a great way to get involved and help support local charities and initiatives. The kit is fantastic! Thank you so much for your donation Ashton United, we look forward to using it soon.”

 

The kit will be getting an outing when GMP Tameside and Emmaus take part in a follow up charity event later this summer, further details of which will be announced soon.

#Volunteers matter

Volunteers are the backbone of both the charity and the football club - here is a short video showing how our volunteers contribute towards our core values.

If you care to join us please get in touch, you will be made most welcome.

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