We have many talented individuals, such as Trustees, staff and volunteers, who come together as a team, working towards achieving our vision, mission and values.

Although we employ a team of dedicated, professional staff to run and support all our services on a day-to-day basis, the ultimate legal and financial liabilities lie with our Board of Trustees, who devote their valuable time freely to uphold and promote the interests of the organisation and the people who we work with.

Being a Trustee can be challenging and our Trustees come from a range of backgrounds, bringing an enviable array of knowledge, experience and skills to carry out their responsibilities to the utmost degree.

In addition to formal duties, such as approving the annual budget and accounts, the trustees actively assist the Chief Executive and the Senior Management Team in setting the overall strategic direction and management of the charity.

We have five Trustees who work very hard for all the staff and residents here at The Ashley Foundation.

Please click here to meet the Board of Trustees.

Responsible for the overall running of the Charity and is the direct line manager to the Senior Management Team (Housing Services Manager, Business Services Manager and Support Services Manager). The Chief Executive also ensures that the Charity is financially viable and that all the Foundation’s legislative responsibilities are fulfilled.

Housing Services Manager:

Overall responsibility for ensuring the quick and accurate assessment of Housing Benefit and 3rd party payments to all our clients, all year round. A clear understanding of the likely impact of any legislative changes to the housing benefit system and how this will affect the Charity. Accountable for the collation and submission of various housing related performance statistics to the Council. Responsible for line managing the three Hostel Managers.

Support Services Manager

Responsible for the management of the Support Team and for ensuring that The Ashley Foundation meets its contractual requirements with Supporting People. The role is also responsible for taking The Ashley Foundation forward, looking for new business opportunities and raising the profile of the charity.

Business Services Manager

Ensures that our accounts are in order and is responsible for the administration of the day to day finances. Also deals with all our Personnel and Human Resource issues.

To keep our various sites, across Blackpool, Blackburn, Sunderland and Oldham adequately staffed, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, we employ over 60 people, including using a loyal pool of enthusiastic volunteers.

Each member of staff contributes their skills and experience to help us provide a high quality, innovative accommodation based service that seeks to meet the needs of the homeless men and women we support.

To keep our various sites, across Blackpool, Blackburn, Sunderland and Oldham adequately staffed, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, we employ over 60 people, including using a loyal pool of enthusiastic volunteers.

Each member of staff contributes their skills and experience to help us provide a high quality, innovative accommodation based service that seeks to meet the needs of the homeless men and women we support.

Please visit our Volunteer page by clicking here.

The homeless men and women who use our services have a rich diversity of backgrounds and experiences. There are a many number of different personal and social factors which can contribute towards people becoming homeless. These may include drug and alcohol misuse, lack of qualifications, lack of social support, debts – especially mortgage or rent arrears, poor physical and mental health, relationship breakdown or even just coming from an institutional background such as having been in care, the armed forces, or in prison.

Most people who become homeless can fell very isolated as many have lost all contact with their friends and families. People come to us with increasingly complex needs and to help them start to regain their independence we recognise that we must constantly modify and modernise our homeless services. Our clients’ progress and achievements as they work towards recovery are made even greater by the significant hurdles they have overcome.