Aspire Sussex Current Situation: 26th March 2020

Message from Robyn Kohler Chief Executive of Aspire Sussex

Dear Students, 

I would like to thank you all for your continued support and understanding during this difficult time.

In the last week there has been a tremendous amount of additional work carried out by staff at Aspire Sussex to inform you of changes brought about by the Government to deal with the national Covid 19 emergency. We have also been working to get staff equipped to work from home as quickly as possible, to keep them safe in line with the Government guidelines. 

In terms of your learning, we will keep you informed of our progress to make learning available to you at home online. We are also working on our brochure and planning courses for the next academic year.

We are continuously keeping appraised of Government announcements, and will update our website with any new developments.

Please look out for regular updates on the website and social media, and please do observe safety and distancing recommendations – we want you to be fit and ready for when we are able to resume!

Once again, thank you. Keep safe,
Best wishes


Refunds and courses after Easter
We are currently processing refunds for courses cancelled in March 2020. This may take us a bit longer than normal due to staff working from home. At present we haven’t cancelled courses that start after Easter but should they be cancelled we will make refunds available at that point. Some courses may be able to run online and we will keep you updated about this.

Communication with Aspire Sussex
We closed our centres this week and now have staff working from home so please do not send anything to us by post for the time being, we will still be picking up calls on the 0345 601 0161 number or emails addressed to [email protected] 

We expect not to be publishing a hard copy of our Autumn brochure for circulation this June as is normally the case due to the restrictions currently in place in the venues where our brochure can be picked up. We will be creating an online version so please keep an eye on our website and social media for announcements or subscribe to our monthly learner bulletin to hear updates about the next programme launch. 
Click here to sign up to our Learner Bulletin

Online learning options
Over the next few weeks we will be exploring how many of our courses can be offered online so we hope to see you in our virtual classes very soon! Keep an eye out for an email or for social media posts announcing this new provision. We hope to start something after Easter. In the meantime have a browse of some of our current online and distance learning options!

Qualification courses
We are currently awaiting information and guidance from the Department for Education and Ofqual as to how students working towards qualifications will be supported during this time. We will inform our students as soon as this becomes available.
Aspire Sussex are planning to offer continuing learning online for the remainder of 2019/20 during the summer term and will be in contact with students as soon as possible.

Thank you
Thank you again for the kind messages we received when you were told we had to close our face to face provision and we were overwhelmed by the generosity of those able to donate their refund to help us keep going at this time. We really appreciate the loyalty and kindness of our students.

Mothers Day 2020

This Mother’s Day we wanted to share with you this fantastic case study of Sue, who last year was gifted our Drawing For Beginners course in Chichester by her family.

“I didn’t have artist experience before taking the course and I feel I have learned a lot. My favourite part was learning how to draw at home and seeing a difference as the lessons progressed.

I will hopefully carry on as I can get out and stretch my artistic skills.

Most importantly, it has given me back my identity, from being a wife, mother, grandma and I need that at this time in my life.

For any other new learners, I would say go for it!”


Although we have suspended face to face courses until further notice we still have a variety of distance learning courses: See the full list here

Aspire Sussex Current Situation: 19th March 2020

We want to share with you Aspire Sussex’s latest position on the Coronavirus outbreak. Thank you for being patient while we have been closely assessing the Government’s latest guidance.

As of 5pm Friday 20th March 2020, we are suspending all face to face Adult Education provision until further notice. Adult Education Centres will be closed to the public.

This will be disappointing for all concerned, but the health and safety of our students and staff is our first priority. We are seeking ways to deliver your learning online and hope to be able to announce these options in the coming weeks. Our current distance and online learning provision will continue

We will provide you with further communication about refunds/credit notes for cancelled sessions in due course.

We know the next few weeks and months may be a worrying time for us all. Thank you again, for your patience and understanding. We will continue to keep in touch as the situation changes.

Lastly, we would ask that if you have questions at this time, then please email rather than phone: [email protected]. Please be advised that understandably we are experiencing a higher email volume than usual at present and are doing our best to get through these as quickly as possible. Please bear with us and we will keep you updated.

Further information about COVID-19 is available at:

Aspire Sussex Current Situation: 17th March 2020

The purpose of this message is to give our students an update as to how Aspire Sussex are working with our staff, tutors and students to address the unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in with regards to COVID-19.
Firstly, we hope that you and your family are well and managing in these difficult circumstances.
Aspire Sussex is following the Government advice and guidelines with regards to COVID-19 and currently, that advice does not include the closure of our provision or local schools or colleges. We are therefore open for business and should this advice change we will notify you.

Notification of course cancellations
Should your course be cancelled we will notify all students using either your email or phone number provided to us on enrolment.

Aspire’s Refund Policy
Students have the right to cancel their enrolment within fourteen working days of receiving confirmation, in which case a full refund will be made. If the course starts within that fourteen day period, the right to cancel applies up to the day the course starts. Refunds can also be issued outside the fourteen day period if a written request is received more than four weeks before the start of the course. An administrative charge of £12.50 will be deducted from the refund. After that time, only requests for refunds as a result of your ill health will be considered. This must be supported by a certificate from your doctor and an administrative charge of £12.50 will be deducted from the refund.

When to stay at home?
NHS website information advices you to stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms Anyone with symptoms should stay at home for at least 7 days. If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.
Stay at home if you have either:
• a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
• a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
• you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
• your condition gets worse
• your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.
But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they’re at home for longer than 14 days.
To view more guidance from the NHS visit their website

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
• wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
• always wash your hands when you get home or into work
• use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
• put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
• try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
• do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Supporting Aspire Sussex
Aspire Sussex is a registered Charity no. 1149439 and like many other charities and small and medium businesses is likely to struggle during this pandemic. Should you be willing to waive a refund due to you or to make a donation to support Aspire to keep going during this challenging time then we would be very grateful of your support.

We have teamed up with to make it easier to donate to Aspire Sussex online.

We also fundraise through Easy Fundraising. This is great way to give, especially if you do a lot of online shopping, as it costs you no more but we get a little donation from the retailer!

Thank you for supporting us

Library Wellbeing Month 2020

We are working with West Sussex Libraries for the Library Wellbeing Month to provide a selection of FREE 45 minute sessions to help improve your wellbeing.

All the sessions listed below taking place in libraries are free to everyone and those in other venues are only £6.00! If you are on a certain means tested benefits or have an income below £16,009 per year, you are entitled to a free place on all these courses! If you have any questions, please call us on 0345 601 0161 or email us at [email protected]

Although the courses are free you do still need to enrol by clicking on the links below or calling us on 0345 601 0161.

Chair Yoga at Haywards Heath Library
FREE for all
Monday 9th March, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Please note that this course is in the public space of the library.

Yoga with a Chair at Lancing Football Club
FREE for those on certain means tested benefits and low wage learners, £5.40 for over 65s, £6.00 otherwise
Monday 16th March, 10:00am – 11:00am

Chair Yoga at Horsham Library
FREE for all
Friday 20th March, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Positive Wellbeing at Shoreham Library
FREE for all
Monday 23rd March, 11:00am – 12:30pm

Yoga: Mixed Ability at The Shoreham Centre
FREE for those on certain means tested benefits and low wage learners, £5.40 for over 65s, £6.00 otherwise
Tuesday 24th March, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Yoga with a Chair at Shoreham Library
FREE for all
Tuesday 24th March, 2:15pm – 3:00pm

Yoga with a Chair at Bognor Regis Library
FREE for all
Friday 27th March, 11:00am – 12:30pm

Positive Wellbeing at Crawley Library
FREE for all
Friday 27th March, 11:00am – 12:30pm

Yoga for Beginners Taster at Lancing Football Club
FREE for those on certain means tested benefits and low wage learners, £5.40 for over 65s, £6.00 otherwise
Monday 30th March, 10:00am – 11:00am

Positive Wellbeing at Bognor Regis Library
FREE for all
Monday 30th March, 11:00am – 12:30pm