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]
Introduction to Complementary Therapies - 10 weeks
Learn the benefits of complementary therapies, to improve health and wellbeing.  Practical application of Chinese reflexology for the face, Indian head Massage, and introduction to Swedish massage for the hands & face.  
Monday 9.30am - 11.30am
Fit for Life – 12 weeks 
Balance mind and body. For all levels of fitness. Body – a series of toning exercises to build endurance as well as balance and posture.  Mind - learn & experience mindfulness techniques to help you feel calm and relaxed.
Monday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Reading Poetry for Pleasure – 10 weeks 
Discover, discuss and share poems on a variety of themes - love, nature, memory and nonsense. All in a very supportive no pressure environment.
Monday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Samba Drumming – 10 weeks 
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
Steps to Confidence - 10 Weeks
What is confidence? Where does it come from?  Look at how to build confidence and self-esteem, explore assertiveness, positive thinking and emotional resilience in a supportive environment.
Tuesday 9.30am - 11.30am
Move on with Maths – 10 weeks
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.
Tuesday 9.30am - 11.30am
Relax with Art – 10 weeks 
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
Creating Sugar Craft Flowers – 10 weeks 
Develop your creative side learn the techniques to produce beautiful flowers made from sugar paste! With guidance and support learn to create your own bouquet.
Tuesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Carry on Creative Writing – 12 weeks 
This is a follow up to the Intro to Creative Writing course. With support you will be given tasks to develop your imagination and writing skills further! 
Tuesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
All Things French – 10 weeks 
Improve your knowledge of French language & culture, through subjects such as French cuisine, travelling and tourism, history, geography, music, literature, cinema & art. 
Tuesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Introduction to Creative Writing – 12 weeks  
Exercise and develop your imagination and creativity. Build your vocabulary and literacy skills while increasing your confidence. Writing can also provide an outlet for your emotions and self-expression.
Wednesday 9.30am - 11.30am
Explore Paper Craft – 10 weeks 
Develop skills such as card making, decoupage, quilling and paper folding. Gain the skills to complete cards and small gifts for yourself, friends and family.
Wednesday 9.30am - 11.30am
Creative Christmas Crafts – 10 weeks  
Learn different crafting techniques such as modelling, up-cycling and paper crafts and develop your skills to produce high quality decorative items for the up and coming festivities.
Wednesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
The Power of Words – 10 weeks 
Words are powerful! This course aims to help you use them better and understand their meaning more clearly, correct common
grammatical errors, understand the power of words in social media and throughout history.
Wednesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Soup, Salad and Simple Cooking – 8 weeks 
Build your confidence in the kitchen with easy, tasty and nutritious meals on a budget. Work together to cook and share a dish each week and explore the health benefits of food and nutrition.
Thursday 9.30am - 11.30am
The Brain! From Cave to Civilisation – 10 weeks 
Learn the fascinating theories of evolutionary psychology.  Explore the ways in which evolution and natural selection may have shaped our minds and our behaviour.
Thursday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Patch Work and Quilting – 12 weeks  
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  
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
Know Your Body – 10 weeks  fiber_new
The Human Body is a clever machine. This course looks at the muscular/skeletal system, eating and digestion, the heart and blood circulation and the nervous system. Useful for those thinking of a career in health care/nursing or anyone who has an interest in the human body.
Friday 9.30am - 11.30am
Happy Hunting (to get a job) – 10 weeks  fiber_new
Boost your confidence and employment skills with clever CVs, attention-grabbing applications and ideal interviews. 
Friday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Dance to Fitness – 10 weeks 
Come along and exercise, learn dance routines, get fit and have fun! Inspired by Strictly Come Dancing.
Friday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Back to basics with IT – 10 weeks 
Learn how to explore the internet, become familiar with its uses and benefits and how to be safe on line! Also learn how to use Windows and Office and create and save documents with confidence!
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