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Aspire's Summer 2019 Newsletter
The summer is here and we are delighted to share with you the vital work we're doing at Aspire to tackle homelessness, re-offending, poverty and disadvantage in our local community through social enterprise employment.

It's been a very busy year for us so far, full of innovative projects and exciting new partnerships; from our joint Education Outreach Project with Ruskin College, to our largest ever Employers' Conference, and the launch of Oxfordshire's first Enterprise Development Program for disadvantaged people. All this and more is featured in our summer newsletter. Aspire’s work wouldn’t be possible without your support so please read on to find out more about how you are helping us to expand our life changing work and achieve incredible social impact!

Paul Roberts - CEO of Aspire

SLEEP OUT! 2019 - Sign up today!
There's less than 2 weeks to go until this year's  SLEEP OUT! and we're getting very excited about this fantastic event! Tickets are still available, so if you want to help raise awareness of Oxfordshire's homelessness crisis and support local charities who are helping to tackle the crisis then join us at Linacre College, Oxford on Saturday 6th July! 

What should I expect on the night?

Guests will spend the night sleeping outside with only a roll mat, pillow and sleeping bag. Although far from the reality of sleeping on the streets, the event will give participants the opportunity to be part of the solution to the local homelessness crisis and raise vital funds that will directly benefit local homeless people. We have a fantastic entertainment line up in store for our sleepers including:
This is also an opportunity to celebrate the resilience of people who are overcoming one of life’s most challenging situations and you’ll hear first-hand the experiences of local people who have been homeless.

You can find out more about this great event and register here...
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Inclusive recruitment in action - Natalie's Story
“Thanks to the support from Aspire and Taylor Wimpey’s job offer, I never need to look back again. Without this chance, I can be sure I would have turned back to drugs." 
Natalie has overcome personal challenges with the support of Aspire and our partner Taylor Wimpey who work together to enable disadvantaged people to access work experience, training and employment. Following a period in addiction rehabilitation, Natalie built her confidence, skills and experience through Aspire’s employment programme. Taylor Wimpey then funded Natalie’s forklift training and licence, and offered her a job once she achieved this. Thanks to these opportunities and her own determination, Natalie is thriving in her new role and she's delighted to get her life back on track. Well done Natalie!

You can read more inspirational case studies here
Increasing access to adult learning – Aspire and Ruskin College’s new Education Outreach Project
After many years of working together, Aspire and Ruskin are formally collaborating on a new project to increase educational opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.  Ruskin College has spent the last 120 years providing people who thought they might never succeed at college with the opportunity to do exactly that.
Our new Education Outreach Worker Jane Bird has been visiting a variety of organisations to get the word out about Ruskin’s courses. Jane has been providing careers guidance to prospective students, helping them to choose the right course and offering advice on funding and course applications. The Education Outreach Project has already delivered some great outcomes.

Jane says; “One of the best bits of the job is seeing people we support into education grow in confidence and enthusiasm. I met a student recently who had signed up to three more courses before the first one had even finished!"

Ruskin offers a wide variety courses from entry level maths and English to university degrees. You can find out more about this project and the courses available
 here.
Aspire's Enterprise Development Project
We are excited to announce the launch of our new Enterprise Development Pathway; the first project of its kind in Oxfordshire to provide people experiencing disadvantage with skills, knowledge and confidence which will enable them to start up their own businesses and overcome disadvantage. 

Our Enterprise Development Programme Manager Sophie Kilmister will be providing 1-2-1 guidance and delivering courses which will help people experiencing disadvantage to break down barriers to self-employment and enable their business ideas to become reality.
Sophie says:
“I’m very excited to be involved in this innovative project which will provide new opportunities to budding local entrepreneurs and enable them to access free training and support which they have never previously had. We’d love to hear from people who have thought about becoming self-employed but don’t know how to go about it, as well as people with skills and experience that could help our clients to start up their own businesses.”
Sophie will be running the first Thinking of Starting a Business Course this summer. The course will run over 2 sessions on Thursday 18th July and Tuesday 30th July. If you are interested you can contact Sophie on 01865 204450 or email sophie@aspireoxford.co.uk

We’d like to say congratulations to our amazing clients:
Carro who is now a Cafe Manager at Hogacre Cafe

Kyle who has started at Interserve as a car park attendant

Alex who is working in a full-time IT programming position with Global Initiative 

Dave and Matt for all their volunteering efforts on Aspire’s back room renovation

Laura who is volunteering at Aspire as our Receptionist/Administrator

Marie who is now working as a cleaner at Aspire

Michael who is working full time as an Industrial Cleaner in Bicester
 
Barry who is on the recruitment panel for Mind and volunteering at Methodist Church in Witney

Shane who has moved into Mind housing in Banbury

Manuela who has been offered a job with the NHS recruitment team 

SF who has been offered a job with YIS

PZ who has moved into temporary housing and is starting to apply for work

Toby who has been offered a full time post at University College

And last but not least... our three Through the Prison Gate project clients who have started work experience placements with Pret a Manger

 














Thank you!
Newcore London to Paris cycle raises over £30,000 for Aspire

A huge thanks and well done to our fantastic team of Newcore cyclists who completed the London to Paris bike ride in May. With the support of Cycle4Good, the team endured an epic 225 mile journey, raising over £30,000 for Aspire!
This follows the success of last year’s Newcore Kayak Marathon, which also raised over £30,000 for Aspire. An amazing effort - thank you Newcore!!

Bike Oxford
 
Thank you to everyone who completed the Bike Oxford event in May. Six cyclists completed 380 miles between Oxford and the Chiltern Hills for Aspire, with over £1,000 raised by the team!


Get Involved
We simply couldn’t achieve our social mission without your support. Whether you follow us on social media, fundraise, donate or encourage your business, club or school to partner with us – you really are transforming local lives, for good. Here’s some ways you can get involved:
 
Make a donation
Aspire are doing more than ever before to tackle homelessness, re-offending, poverty and disadvantage. Your donations will help us reach more vulnerable people, providing them with the skills, confidence, work experience and training they need to transform their lives – for good.
 
Volunteer for us
Our Community Transport service is a lifeline for vulnerable elderly people who can't access public transport. We are looking for volunteer drivers to help us reach more people in need of support. To find out more please call 01865 819995.
 
Become a Friend of Aspire
Do you want to be part of our journey? Our Friends are remarkable people who give to Aspire on a regular basis, enabling us to plan for the future and extend our social impact to reach even more disadvantaged people. Membership starts from just £25 per year and we will send you newsletters, event invitations, our social impact report and much more. Find out how to become a
Friend of Aspire today!


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