Our history

10 years of ACH

Our history

The Olympic Games were successfully held in Beijing, China, Barack Obama was elected as President of the USA and the beginnings of the financial crash, which over the last decade has affected us all, started to rumble. And in Bristol a young engineering graduate who had arrived with his family as a refugee himself saw an opportunity to offer help to refugees and ACH was born.

A lot has changed since 2008. Unprecedented political instability and conflict has led to the biggest movement of people across the globe since World War 2. At the same time the consequences of the financial crash has created an unstable and uncertain economic environment. In the UK government policy of austerity has led to huge pressures on public spending, making the resettlement of refugees and migrants far more complex.

During the past ten years ACH has changed from a small scale housing provider, located in inner city Bristol, to a leading provider of resettlement and integration services for refugee and newly arrived communities in the UK. We now employ 65 staff, work with 2,500 people per year and deliver services in the West Of England and West Midlands, and offer advice and assistance across the UK and beyond.

2008

Ashley Community Housing (ACH) was founded in Bristol

2012

ACH achieved Registered Social Landlord status and Birmingham office opened

2014

Himilo Training set up

2015

Wolverhampton office opened and #rethinkingrefugee campaign began

2016

ACH grew to 50 members of staff

2017

ACH wins Lloyds Bank National Business Award (and several others)