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ASHA Centre

National Network: 
United Kingdom
Gunn Mill House, Lower Spout Lane
GL17 0EA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1594822330
Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
General Information: 

The ASHA Foundation is a UK charity and company limited by guarantee. A board of trustees oversees the organisation, which employs 4 full-time staff, and 8 part-time staff, with around 3 to 10 volunteers throughout the year. ASHA regularly co-operates with a range of European and Middle-Eastern, non-governmental organisations, youth groups and public institutions working in the field of youth, education, intercultural dialogue and mobility. It is from this large network of organisations that participants for ASHA's regular residential courses and volunteering programmes are drawn.

 The majority of ASHA's projects are funded by the European Union's Erasmus+ programme, administered in the UK by the British Council & Ecorys UK, although ASHA also runs its own charitable programmes and has attracted funding from a number of other private and governmental sources. Currently ASHA attracts around £350,000 per year in project funding.

Mission and Objectives: 

ASHA encourages and supports philanthropy worldwide and works for interfaith and intercultural understanding. The organisation also focuses on the empowerment of young people, sustainable development and international peace and reconciliation.

Main Projects / Activities: 

The ASHA Foundation is based at the ASHA Centre, in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, where most of its projects take place. The Centre is a Georgian home surrounded by five acres of organic gardens. ASHA is a hub of intercultural activities, hosting a range of educational, performing arts and environment-based programmes throughout the year.

 In the past 10 years ASHA has implemented over 80 projects involving young people from all parts of the globe. Typically these are week-long residential programmes, but also include longer term projects, volunteering placements (either at ASHA or abroad) and local initiatives. In addition ASHA's resident Gloucester Theatre Company produces plays with local and international groups of young people, including groups from the townships of South Africa and mixed Arab and Jewish groups from Israel and Palestine.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

ASHA can offer itself as a reliable and enthusiastic partner in a number of capacities. Our experience working with European funding has sharpened our skills as partners and leaders in the field of NGO co-operation and we are only too keen to build upon this by contributing towards innovative and creative actions. Furthermore, we can offer outstanding facilities for meetings, projects and retreats. We can also share our experience of a number of successful projects involving Middle Eastern organisations and participants, related to the arts, education, religion, spirituality, human rights, sustainability and gender issues.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

We consider work involving this region to be particularly important and rewarding. ASHA therefore wishes to strengthen its ties with organisations and young people from the Mediterranean and Middle East. We would like to increase the number of activities we organise in this respect, and broaden our contact base to ensure the furthest reach and highest quality.