Learning with Aspire

Our friendly women-only centre in Chester-le-Street offers a wide variety of free and low-cost courses to help you learn and develop new skills. We also offer training to other sectors, organisations and groups; we can deliver bespoke programmes to meet all your needs.

Here are just a few examples of what we can offer:

Equality and diversity, Mentoring, Food hygiene, Health improvement, Mental health Awareness and Personal development .

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Learn new skills with Aspire’s free and low-cost courses.
Our Student Handbook 2017/8 (PDF) will help to guide you through your time at Aspire.  It lets you know what you can expect from us, what we expect from you and what to do if you have any problems while learning with us.   Download [764k]
Samba Drumming – 8 weeks (Starts 16th April)
During this fun and loud session you will have the opportunity to play different drums Samba style. You will learn the skills and techniques to create patterns of beats and rhythms, and build up a repertoire of tunes as you progress.
Monday 3.00pm - 5.00pm
Move on with Maths – 11 weeks (Starts 17th April)
All areas of maths are covered in this course - work from your own starting point and move on at your own pace with lots of friendly support.
Monday 9.30am - 11.30am
Art Works – 10 weeks (Starts 17th April)
Explore and develop your creative potential through drawing and painting. Work together to design and create a collaborative piece of art work..
Tuesday 9.30am - 11.30am
First Aid – 3 weeks (1st, 8th and 15th May) at Auckland Community Room, Chester-le-Street
This is your chance to gain a recognised First Aid qualifi cation level 3 This is a 3-week course where you will become familiar and confi dent with fi rst aid responses, such as how to call 999 and what to do when an accident happens.
Tuesday 9.30am - 11.30am
Sugar Craft – 10 weeks (Starts 17th April)
A brief introduction to the principles of cake toppers using different techniques/pastes. Topics covered: colouring, frilling, plaque, 3D model and flowers.
Tuesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Creative Writing – 10 weeks (Starts 17th April) fiber_new
Creative writing will enable you to exercise and develop your imagination and creativity. Build on your vocabulary and literacy skills while increasing your confi dence; it could also provide an outlet for your emotions and self expression.   
Tuesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Be a Better Listener – 10 weeks (Starts 18th April)
Enhance personal and professional relationships by improving your communication skills through a mix of practical exercises and theory. This course is a useful way to refresh existing skills and an essential starting point for anyone who is interested in performing a helping role or becoming a volunteer listener, befriender or Mentor at Aspire. 
Wednesday 9.30am - 11.30am
Needle Felting – 10 weeks (Starts 18th April)
This 10-week course will give you the skills and techniques needed to create a small project using wet felting process. You will also be able to try the dry felting technique and construct a 3D figure. 
Wednesday 9.30am - 11.30am
Have a Go at Crafting – 10 weeks (Starts 18th April)
During this course you will be guided through different crafting techniques such as modelling, up cycling and paper crafts in order that you can develop your skills and go on to produce high quality decorative items.
Wednesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Everyday Politics – 6 weeks (Starts 18th April)
This course is an introduction to politics, and during the course you will become familiar with how politics affects you
in your everyday life.
Wednesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Simple Cooking – 8 weeks (Starts 19th April)
Build your confi dence in the kitchen with easy, tasty and nutritious meals on a budget. In a supportive environment we will cook a dish each week and explore the health benefi ts of food and nutrition. 
Thursday 9.30am - 11.30am
Introduction to Mentoring Skills – 10th and 17th of May (2 day course) fiber_new
Understand different approaches and the benefi ts of mentoring and why self awareness is important. This is a good one for your C.V. or personal development.    
Thursday 9.30am - 11.30am
and 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Evolutionary Psychology – 10 weeks (Starts 19th April)
On this course you will be guided through the fascinating theories of evolutionary psychology. It is a chance to explore the ways in which evolution and natural selection may have shaped our minds and behaviour patterns.
Thursday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Patch Work and Quilting – 10 weeks (Starts 19th April)
This is the course for you if you want to learn different patchwork and quilting techniques using both machine stitching and hand stitching. Once you have learned the techniques you can be as creative as you like!
Thursday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Introduction to Criminology – 10 weeks (Starts 20th April) fiber_new
During this course you will explore the world of Criminology! You will be guided on a journey into trying to understand why some people develop criminal behaviour.
Friday 9.30am - 11.30am
Internet Unravelled – 6 weeks (Starts 20th April) fiber_new
During this course you will be able to explore the internet and become familiar with its many uses and benefi ts as well as being aware of how to keep yourself and your details safe on line!   
Friday 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Below is just a small selection of the feedback we have received from women visiting our center and using our services:

"I love Aspire. Great place which has helped me through some rough times. The ladies are very welcoming."

Janet Middlemiss

5* via Facebook Group

"It makes me very happy, everyone is so nice and helpful!"

Sarah Vallely

5* via Facebook Group

"Pleased I decided to come to Aspire. I have met some really lovely ladies x"

Sandra Stobbs

5* via Facebook Group