|At Aspirations we work
in four units: Housekeeping, Administration, Voluntary work &
Education and Community Support.
Service Users can develop basic menu planning and cooking skills
in our on-site kitchen. Here they can plan and prepare lunch for
everyone in the centre.
This involves budgeting and shopping for the ingredients, and
developing organisational and time management skills. Staff also
work on a one-to-one basis with Service Users where this is appropriate
to facilitate and motivate in the preparation of balanced meals.
We sometimes offer training in food hygiene and nutrition. Staff
and Service Users take joint responsibility for upholding high
standards of hygiene and cleanliness in the centre.
Refreshments like tea and coffee are available
from kitchen area.
The first cup is free thereafter service users are encouraged
to donate 20p.
Lis and Cheryl hard at work in the kitchen
Service Users are encouraged to develop their skills and confidence
in administration through improving communication, tasks include
working proficiently in the Reception area. This would involve
tasks such as answering the telephone, taking messages, greeting
visitors, receiving and recording in-coming mail, etc.
The unit also offers training and support in typing,
photocopying, sending faxes, and compiling, collating and distributing
weekly and monthly newsletters.
Other tasks include collating and inputting statistical
information into a database, as well as reconciling the petty
cash for the centre and Community Support..
Admin viewed from the entrance
Aspirations offers support to Service Users who express an interest
in voluntary work. This includes help with reseraching potential
voluntary positions within the local community. If service users
are interested in pursuing paid employment then Aspirations can
sign post onto either, the Richmond Fellowship, RBLI, and shaw
We can also support Service Users to find voluntary work. This
can be very rewarding.Volunteering can help to develop interests
and make new friends.You can have the chance to learn new skills
and gain vital experience.
Working at a pet shop
An IT tutor from Brooklands
Adult Education College provides training in our on-site IT training,
in MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, MS Publisher, etc.All training
is accredited and trainees receive certificates of achievement.
Trainees are encouraged to progress into mainstream training within
the college environment when they are ready to do this.
We also have a tutor from Surrey Adult and Community Learning
offering an on-site OCN accredited Healthy Cooking course.
Which offers all learners the chance to gain important practical
Healthy Cooking skills, using easily accessible ingredients and
convienience foods to create nutritious meals. The students will
also gain knowledge on planning and costing meals, health and
safety in the kitchen and understanding ingredients in order to
get the most out of the meals they plan and cook.
In addition to formal tutorials, we offer hands-on support and
encouragement to service users to use IT, e.g. in the writing
of articles for our newsletters, typing letters to colleges, and
updating notices within the centre.
We have strong links with local colleges and regularly update
our resources to ensure we have current information on hand.
Occasionally talks and workshops are offered for the following.Smoking
Cessation, Grooming and Self-Confidence Building and Raising Self-Esteem.
This Service User-led group meets on Tuesdays to engage in group
activities which may include scrabble, etc. Service Users benefit
from this supportive and encouraging environment to socialise
and form community links. Staff are in attendance. The group sets
menus and volunteers prepare lunch.
The group meets in the church hall of St Peter and St John Church
Hall on the Old Dean Estate, Camberley from 10.00am to 2.00pm.
It welcomes Service Users who would benefit from excercise,
socialising with other Members and enjoying the local countryside.
This group meets on Wednesdays at 10.00am at Aspirations. A
privately hired minibus provides transport to rambling venues.
The group gets back to Aspirations by 2.00pm at the latest.
SPORTS AND FITNESS
Aspirations supports Service Users on a one-to-one basis to develop
a programme of exercise and/or sporting activities, e.g. swimming,
cycling, gym, etc.
Where appropriate we will enlist the help of local sports and
leisure organisations. We have a good working relationship with
the local sports centre (the Arena) who will also support Service
Users to access its facilities independently.
There is a gym group for Service Users at the Arena, see opening
There is a Swimming group for Service Users at the Arena, see
opening hours below.
Service Users can go swimming at the Arena at the times shown
below. The cost is funded by Aspirations.
The gym group at the Arena
All our Community/Senior Support Workers provide one-to-one
support in their community to maintain independent living skills.
This may include accessing shops, health services, housing, libraries,
etc. This service is provided on a needs-led basis.
To see the advocacy poster click here.
CENTRE OPENING HOURS
9.15am to 4.30pm
9.15am to 4.30pm
9.15am to 4.00pm
10.00am to 2.00pm
GYM AT THE ARENA
Offering individual support as required.
10.00am to 1.00pm
Amble supported by staff on a one to one or group
Monday and Friday- Computer Class