Father’s Day Hobby Gifts

Looking for a Father’s Day gift? Gift him a course about his favourite hobby or a workshop teaching him a skill he’s been interested in learning! We offer online and in person courses in a wide range of languages, art, crafts and photography courses but we’ve picked out some of our favourites to highlight! Click on the course details for more information and to book today!

Woodcarving: Mixed Ability (L0912XC20)

Wednesdays, starting 23rd June 2021 for 5 weeks, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Shoreham Academy, £76.50

Photography Walks – Exploring with Purpose (H0950CD20)

Thursdays, starting 24th June 2021 for 3 weeks, 10:30am – 1:00pm
Drill Hall, Horsham, £57.50*

Watercolour Painting in the Park

Friday 25th June 2021 for 1 session, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Petworth Park, £63.11

The Art of Pen, Ink and Wash

Saturday 26th June 2021 for 1 session, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Petworth Park, £56.86

*Concessions are available for this course, see the course details for more information.

Preparing for Work in Brighton and Hove

We are happy to announce that Brighton and Hove City Council and Aspire Sussex have partnered to bring residents of Brighton and Hove the opportunity to attend FREE courses to support you in your journey to work. 

Currently, the upcoming Skills Booster courses are all online, but we will be putting on in-person courses later in the summer. We will be updating the course page regularly with new courses but if you are interested in attending an in-person course, please contact us on enquiries@aspiresussex.org.uk to be notified when these courses are available.

Our Skills Booster courses will develop lifelong skills to aid you in the workplace and in your everyday life, including digital literacy, self-confidence and CV writing!

Looking to develop your skills for a new role like Sarah?

Sarah has taken two distance learning courses with Aspire Sussex since the start of the pandemic, helping prepare her for a new career path after being furloughed and then made redundant.

“I was furloughed by my employer at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and saw it as an opportunity to make time to develop my skills and learn something new. As a mother of two primary school age children, I have experienced first-hand the impact the pandemic has had on the mental health of my children and their peers. When I saw an advert for a distance learning course in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health with Aspire Sussex, it seemed the perfect opportunity to increase my awareness and understanding and put myself in a better position to support them.

I hadn’t formally studied in over 15 years, so the thought of ‘going back to school’ was initially quite a daunting prospect. However, I need not have worried. The induction meeting with my assessor was very reassuring and I quickly established a routine to complete the coursework around my other commitments at home. My assessor has guided and supported me through every step of the course; giving regular constructive feedback, encouraging me and helping me to improve and refine the content of my coursework. The whole experience has been enlightening and a huge boost to my confidence.

When I was made redundant eight months into being furloughed from my job, I used it as an opportunity to consider the future of my career and decided to embark on a second distance learning course with Aspire Sussex on Safeguarding and Prevent. I have since secured a new job at one of the leading sixth form colleges in the county, where the knowledge I have gained from both of my courses with Aspire Sussex will be invaluable.

I am so glad that I decided to study with Aspire Sussex as it has given me insight into a new profession and helped to guide me on a new career path. I would heartily recommend Aspire Sussex to anyone considering adult education as an ideal route to achieving your personal aspirations.”

Find out more and enrol on our FREE Level 2 Distance Learning courses today, with nine new courses now available, on our Distance Learning page.

Helpful Christmas Information

This Christmas will be a bit unusual for us all, so we’ve put together some helpful, practical Christmas information to help make it a bit easier!

Recycling and Rubbish collections at this time of year can be a bit difficult to keep up with. Not sure when yours will be? Check out Rubbish Collection Days on the West Sussex County Council website to find out when yours is! Definitely need to visit the tip? There’s also help on their website about local Recycling Sites opening times and information about their services. Do you know which wrapping paper you can and can’t recycle? It’s all down to how it scrunches! See the video below for a demonstration!

Interested in reducing your waste overall? West Sussex County Council even provide information on how to Reduce Your Waste, with information on best practises for composting, cooking and shopping!

On the more personal side, there is still support available from West Sussex Mind for those struggling with mental health. It is especially important with everything going on at the moment to take a moment to check in with yourself and see how you are doing.

Christmas Cheer

This year, we all need a little pick up so we’ve put together resources to help you out and to inspire you over this Christmas period!

Christmas Food and Drink
Treat yourself and your family to some delicious Christmas food, from Christmas dinner to festive desserts, with a fantastic range of Christmas recipes from BBC Food and Olive Magazine. If you want to get your little ones involved in some cooking, CBeebies have an easy guide for cooking and decorating Gingerbread Reindeer for you to do together!

Do It Yourself Christmas Ideas
For those of you looking to get crafty over the Christmas period, Gathered has a whole archive of fantastic crafting ideas and projects, including Christmas and Winter themed ideas. For any garderners out there, the National Garden Scheme has a great Winter Gradening To-Do List to help you keep your garden in tip-top shape!

Fun Activities For Your Kids
This Christmas break could be quite different than what your kids are used to but we’ve collected some ideas to keep them busy! If you have a back garden, try to complete the 50 Things Activities To Do In Your Back Garden list from the National Trust or try a Classic Outside Game suggested by WIRED.

If they want to stay inside, they can learn Coding at Home with West Sussex Libraries, local history with the Amberley Museum’s Family At Home Activities, or science with online games and apps from the Science Museum.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources
Christmas can be a difficult time for people and this year has already put a lot of extra strain on people’s mental health. If you need some help or support with your mental health, Young Minds, Mind and Age UK have helplines you can contact and online resources available. For those looking for guidance with their physical health, the NHS Fitness Studio has free online workout plans with advice on exercising in general. If you have any concerns with your physical health, please visit your GP.

A message from our CEO – 5th August 2020

Dear students

We hope this message finds you safe and well.

We are pleased to be launching the first part of our Autumn programme today. Our staff have been working hard in the last few months to extend the courses that we have available online and to prepare our centres for a small number of face to face classroom based courses that will start this September.

Today you will find a variety of new online courses live on our website. You can book on these courses by enrolling online or by calling 0345 601 0161. This programme includes languages, fitness and art classes.

We are also carrying out assessments for our qualification courses. If you are interested in any of these courses please contact enquiries@aspiresussex.org.uk to book an assessment or take a look at our brochure for more information:

  • All levels of English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • Functional Skills English and Maths
  • GCSE English and Maths
  • Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 2 and 3 Counselling
  • Level 2 Hairdressing
  • Level 2 Barbering
  • Level 2 and 3 Beauty Therapy
  • Level 2 Nail Technology
  • Level 2 Working with People with Mental Health Needs

Some of these courses will be available online all year and others will start face to face in one of our centres. Please enquire for details.

We also have a range of distance learning courses that are free this August for West Sussex Residents. Distance Learning courses can be studied at your own pace, with support from a tutor by phone.

We will be adding more online courses to our programme so please keep visiting our website and following us on social media on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We also have a monthly Learner Bulletin you can sign up to, to keep up to date.

After October half term we will be extending our face to face programme and this will be announced later this month.

If you are returning to face to face learning with Aspire Sussex please read our Student Guidance to find out what to expect. We are following government and Health and safety guidelines so the detail of how you can help us and keep yourself safe will be there.

If you are joining an online course, take a look at our guidance notes about joining an online course. We will also be running some free online taster courses this August to enable you to feel confident about joining us online ahead of the start of your course. If you would like to know more about these courses please email enquiries@aspiresussex.org.uk.

When booking, please look at the location of the course to find out if it is online or in a venue, all face to face courses will state the venue and online courses will be marked as online.

We look forward to welcoming you to our centres or to Aspire Cloud this September

Robyn Kohler
Chief Executive Officer

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 www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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 Givey.com 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

Launching the West Sussex First World War Learning Programme

On 28th June 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed in Versailles, France, officially ending World War 1. To mark the centenary of this momentous occasion, we’re launching our West Sussex First World War Learning Programme, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. It will tell the story of West Sussex and its communities during the First World War, in partnership with Littlehampton Museum, Crawley Museum and The Novium Museum. Local museums like them are a vital part of our communities, celebrating local history, keeping local memories and stories alive for future generations. All three of these museum are also completely free to enter. We are proud to be working with them, combining their local knowledge with our education skills.

Local community is also the main theme in our schedule of free talks.  The programme has plenty of opportunities to commemorate local West Sussex communities and their World War 1 history as well as covering a broad range of topics about the First World War. Revel in the achievements of the Suffragettes during the war with a local Littlehampton historian and author. Consider wartime literature in Burgess Hill. Discover two of the finest houses in Crawley and their reactions to the Great War. Delve into the history of Graylingwell War Hospital in Chichester. It all culminates in our all day Littlehampton event on the 9th July, examining the war-time impact on the local town with four talks by local experts.

If talks are not your thing, don’t worry; we have something for everyone! Our Littlehampton event also offers the chance to sit down and have a cuppa and a chat. The Novium Museum is also putting on a fantastic Family Day, From Trenches to Treaties, also completely free! There is no need to book, just drop in and take part in a range of activities including the chance to get up close and personal with some of the museum’s artefacts. It’s a great time for all ages. We will also be having commemorative poppies created by our students displayed at our Chichester centre from the 10th July. Come and get involved!

The programme runs from 22nd June until 10th July and all events and talks are completely free. See the full programme at www.aspiresussex.org.uk/ww1/. Please note that talks must be booked in advance.