Creating a 10 Year Plan 
by Richard Thickpenny, Business Development Manager at Ashley Community Housing 
 
In 2011, if you had told me my future would be very much focused on refugee resettlement policy, I would have probably said you were wrong. 
In today’s constantly evolving job market, with the rapid emergence of new technologies, products, and services, high-level skills are an ever-increasing priority for employers. But how does the current and future workforce match up to these expectations? 
If you’ve just moved home, whether that’s across the country or to a new area of a city, the first thing you might think to do is get to know your local area and who lives nearby. For refugees, having arrived in a foreign and unfamiliar country, with a different culture and language, this is not the easiest task. 
Our #rethinkingrefugee campaign started two years ago, in August 2015. We take a look at how the campaign has evolved and what we have achieved so far in our mission to change perceptions of refugees. 
Diversity within a business increases factors such as productivity, growth and staff retention. Ashley Community Housing is a great example of how a diverse workforce helps a business flourish. 
 
Migrant Destitution Toolkit helps front line services support destitute migrants 
Guest Blog by Patrick Duce, Innovation & Good Practice Project Manager at Homeless Link 
 
Ashley Community Housing are included in Homeless Link’s toolkit demonstrating good practice around providing housing to vulnerable migrants. 
Ashley Community Housing and Himilo Training are committing to be part of a growing coalition supporting the refugee cause. We stand #WithRefugees. 
Ashley Community Housing have developed a Shari’a compliant Yield Sharing investment product, suitable for both ethical and faith-orientated social investors. 
Read our 6 point Manifesto for Sanctuary Seekers in conjunction with Bristol Refugee Rights, Bristol Hospitality Network, Bristol City of Sanctuary and Bath Welcomes Refugees. 
Employers can reach these potential new recruits through a ground-breaking scheme to fast track refugees into the labour market, saving the state millions of pounds and reducing their recruitment costs.