A Year In Aspire: Our 2020

2020 was a year that no one ever expected, full of many unique challenges. Despite the tough year, we were able to achieve so much as individuals and as a community.

To celebrate the successes of 2020 we’ve created this video “A Year In Aspire: Our 2020”. We hope you’ll join us in 2021 to create a success of your own.

Watch it below or visit our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/NYuY1jBZaPU

Latest Government Guidance

31st December 2020

We wish you all a happy and healthy 2021.

We have reviewed the latest Government guidance, issued on December 30th 2020, and are therefore delaying the start of face-to-face learning this term. If your course is online, this will continue as planned. For those of you who have enrolled on a face-to-face course, our team will be sending you an email to inform you of the delay. We expect face-to-face learning to start on the week commencing the 18th January but will let you know if there are any further updates.

We hope to welcome you back to our centres soon and look forward to seeing you online in the meantime.

Best wishes

The Aspire Sussex team

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.

Bid Writers Wanted

Bid Writer Expression of Interest

Scope of Work
We are looking to create a bank of bid/tender writing consultants that we can call upon to support our capacity in the period between late November 2020 – Spring 2021.

Tasks may include:
•Creating budgets, project plans and tender submissions.
•Completing grant applications.
•Completing Expression of Interest forms or setting up Aspire Sussex on Dynamic Purchasing Systems or tender portals in readiness of the tender process.

Essential/Core competencies for the consultancy assignment
•Over 5 years of experience in technical proposal/ bid writing and management
•Expertise in business development and modelling, particularly in the area of education
•Prior experience and expertise in writing proposals (especially with DWP, ESF and local authority commissioning)
•An excellent track record of securing large scale funding opportunities

Desirable
•Experience working on policy and/or practice related to education and employability
•Experience of working with network and/or partnership approaches to work.
•Experience of securing subcontracting work through DWP frameworks

Application Process:
You are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) for conducting this assignment to kate.scales@aspiresussex.org.uk with the subject line: Bid writer consultant EoI

The EoI should include:
•A cover letter outlining how your experience and competencies meet the requirements.
•A CV outlining relevant experience.
•Your expected daily rate.
•Your availability in the period outlined
•2 referees including current or most recent employer.

Closing date for applications: 23rd November 2020

COVID-19 Update – 3rd November 2020

Dear Students,

Following the recent Government announcement concerning a second national lockdown, we have looked at the rules relating to Adult Education.

The Government’s intention is for all schools, colleges and universities to remain open.  Having sought clarification on this, it is now clear that adult education learning settings are also included in this definition, i.e. they are also expected to remain open for at least the next month.

The following centres will therefore remain open as scheduled for face to face classes:

Chichester Adult Education Centre, Chichester High School Campus, Kingsham Road, Chichester, PO19 8AL

Bognor Regis Adult Education Centre, The Arena Skills Centre, The Regis School, Westloats Lane, Bognor Regis, PO21 5LH

Littlehampton Adult Education Centre, The New Learning Shop, 88 High Street, Littlehampton, BN17 5DX

Crawley Adult Education Centre, Basepoint, Metcalf Way, Crawley, RH11 7XX

Burgess Hill Adult Education Centre, Marle Place, Leylands Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 8HZ

Horsham Adult Education Centre, Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham, RH12 1JF (Our Horsham venue is a Government run building and we are awaiting final confirmation on this but it remains open at present)

These centres will be open for scheduled classes but may, however, close at times when no classes are scheduled.

Community-based venues such as village halls and community centres will be kept open or closed on a case by case basis, if your course has to be paused due to the lockdown we will let you know. If you have any queries, please contact our Student Services team 0345 601 0161 or email enquiries@aspiresussex.org.uk

This is a fluid situation which may be subject to change so we will keep you informed.

We have made our centres Covid-19 secure, which includes providing:

> Sanitiser supplies
> New instructional signage, changed entry and exit to buildings
> The closure of social areas and the management of routes around buildings
> Classrooms have reduced capacity to maintain social distancing for learners and staff
> Additional cleaning regimes
> The implementation of a track and trace system

Further details and information about accessing our buildings safely is available in our student guidance https://www.aspiresussex.org.uk/student-support/covid-19-student-guidance/

Help to stop the spread of Coronavirus. If you are visiting a centre to attend a course, and you have the NHS Covid-19 App then please scan the QR code on display when you arrive to check-in. The App can be downloaded through the App Store or Google Play. You do not have to have the App to attend our in centre courses but you may wish to do so.

Please continue to refer to our website and social media pages to stay up to date, as the situation can change to reflect safety guidelines and Government advice.

Remember, if you are looking for something new, as well as face-to-face, we have an extensive range of online live, interactive classes taught by our experienced tutors.

Thank you for your support. We hope you continue to enjoy your courses.

Robyn Kohler
Chief Executive Officer

World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2020

This year’s World Mental Health Day comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These past months have brought many challenges that have had a huge impact on us all, and prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now.

So this World Mental Health Day, do one thing for better Mental Health.

Below you’ll find a variety of resources as well as courses that you can take with Aspire that can help you improve your mental health.

ASPIRE COURSES
Yoga For All – Starts 2nd November 2020 – Midhurst Rother College
Positive Wellbeing – Starts 2nd November 2020 – Durrington High School
Fitness For Men: Improvers – Starts 4th November 2020 – Arun Leisure Centre
Art As A Therapy – Starts 6th November 2020 – Online Course
Yoga For All – Starts 6th November 2020 – Online Course
Speaking With Confidence – Starts 11th November 2020 – Chichester Adult Education Centre
Yoga For Beginners – Starts 12th November 2020 – Elsted Village Hall
Synergise: The Mind And Body Workout – Starts 13th November 2020 – Durrington High School
Food and Mood – Starts 17th November 2020 – Online Course
Mental Health: A Look At Stress And Anxiety – Starts 17th November 2020 – Crawley Adult Education Centre, Basepoint

HELPFUL RESOURCES
> A – Z Mental Health – Mental Health information from Mind
> Coronavirus And Mental Health: Supporting Somone During COVID-19 – An article from Time To Change
> Break The Stigma Poster – PDF Download

Aspire Sussex Adult Education GCSE Results Summer 2020

Aspire Sussex students, staff and trustees are celebrating a successful set of GCSE results.

Aspire Sussex is a charity providing adult education to those aged 19 plus across West Sussex and our students have used Aspire to achieve their qualification goals as an adult.

100% of this year’s students passed achieving grades 1 to 9 in English and Maths.

We are very proud of every student who comes to study English and Maths with us at Aspire as it often takes them a lot of courage to come through the door and study a subject that they may have struggled with at school. Our experienced tutors, small classes and additional support enables students to reach their learning goals as an adult. Students join for many reasons, but often to enable them to make a career change or to better support their children in their studies.

If you, like us, have been inspired by our students’ achievements it isn’t too late to enrol on an English or Maths qualification this year, starting this September across West Sussex. Please visit our website www.aspiresussex.org.uk or call 0345 601 0161 for more information. Places are free, subject to eligibility requirements.

Robyn Kohler, Chief Executive of Aspire Sussex said, “We are delighted with another set of strong results. It has been a particularly challenging year for our students who have achieved very good results despite moving from face to face courses to online learning and all the other challenges brought by the pandemic. I would like to congratulate all students on their success, and also to say a big thank you to our staff and tutors who support our students, who often do not have that self confidence to go for their goals and ambitions. Well done everyone- and don’t forget to let us know what you are doing next!”

Adult Education Has A New Home In Crawley

Aspire Sussex, provider of adult learning opportunities across West Sussex, has a new Crawley base. From September 2020 we will have classes running from our new Crawley Centre in the Basepoint offices in Metcalf Way RH11 7XX.

Robyn Kohler, Chief Executive of Aspire Sussex said,” We are excited about the launch of Aspire’s new centre and the opportunity to build a new programme of courses for people living in and around Crawley. We will be starting with a small programme of face to face classes with social distancing measures in place. We also have an online programme of courses giving residents of Crawley and West Sussex the opportunity to gain skills for work, life, wellbeing and personal interest.”

The programme of courses includes, English, Maths, English for Speakers of Other Languages, employability skills, courses for adults with learning disabilities, languages, fitness, wellbeing, cookery, history, digital skills and much more! Many of Aspire’s courses have concessions (and some are free) for people on means tested benefits and low incomes,so please enquire for more information.

We are keen to hear from voluntary, statutory organisations or businesses in the Crawley area who may have clients, staff or volunteers who may have learning needs. We work in partnership with a lot of different organisations and can put on bespoke provision tailored to your audience. If you would like to know more about this, email communication@aspiresussex.org.uk to set up a meeting with our development team.

We are funded by and work in partnership with, West Sussex County Council to ensure that residents of West Sussex can access the skills and training they need to succeed.

The full range of day, evening and weekend courses can be found on our website: www.aspiresussex.org.uk, or contact us on 0345 601 0161 – why not try something new this Autumn!