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We are all in need of a little kindness, support and love. Ashar is a charity committed to 'Bringing Hope' to all in need of spiritual, emotional and mental health and well being. Alison O'Brien is the Director of Ashar Bringing Hope.

Here is a little information about Alison. For more information about Ashar Bringing Hope, how to contact and events that are happening please use this link  


Alison has been married for 26 years and her husband is a Church of England Vicar, they have an amazing teenage son.


Alison gained a master's degree in counselling following extensive experienceworking in the healing ministry.  Since childhood she has held a vision to healthe broken hearted and set the captives free, based on the vision of Isiah 61. 

She passionately believes in a holistic and integrated model of healing which sees the church and wider community and helath care professionalsworking together for the benefit of people's health, emotionally, spiritually, psychologically and physically

Alison also works in a rehabilitation unit undertaking mental health assessments prior to admittance.

Current courses click to find out what's on offer.

Alison is also making videos that may help you with your wellbeing by exploring different aspects of life.  These will appear on here as and when they are recorded.

Fear - taster session

David's thoughts on fear




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