The Ascension Community Trust is a new Charitable Company, Limited by Guarantee (Charity No. 1091887; Company No. 4184090) established in 2002.
It has grown out of the established and well-respected community work done by the Ascension Church Centre. The Ascension Community Trust's Charitable Objects are:
- the relief of poverty, hardship, or distress particularly (though not by way of limitation) amongst the elderly;
- the advancement of religion;
- the advancement of education including (though not by way of limitation) the provision of training in skills relevant to securing employment;
- the preservation and protection of public health;
- the promotion of any other charitable purpose.
The Ascension Community Trust aims to provide imaginative and sometimes risky local services to cover gaps in mainstream provisions, particularly for the young, the elderly, and the hard to reach.
Area of Operation
The Ascension Community Trust operates in the Royal Docks area of the East End of London, in the southern part of the London Borough of Newham. This is an Urban Priority Area with high unemployment, a high percentage of young people with relatively few amenities or opportunities for guidance, and a higher than average percentage of pensioners who live alone.
The area contains groups classified as 'Hard to Reach,' as evidenced by recent attempts by the local Voluntary Sector Consortium to find ways of making significant contact with them. According to the 'Canning Town/Custom House and Family Life Today Report' produced by Aston Charities, the '…figures on all the usual indicators show that [the area] continues to be a deprived area in a deprived borough…single parent and pensioner households mean an experience of poverty and social exclusion for far too many people.'
The Trust has a Board of Trustees of 6 members, 4 of whom must be people local to the area of the Trust's operation. The remaining 2 are co-opted for their expertise in areas of finance, and communication and marketing.
A Program Director oversees the management and fundraising of the various projects.