Aspire: who are we?

Aspire is an award-winning not-for-profit organisation based in Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham. We deliver high-quality learning, support and wellbeing services at our women-only centre and to mixed audiences in communities and organisations across the North East of England.

Our women-only centre is a welcoming and friendly place to learn, socialise and gain confidence.

At our Chester-le-Street centre we offer the following:

• Free and low cost courses with start dates throughout the year.
• Friendly support groups and services always ready to welcome new faces.
• Opportunities for you and your family to improve your health and wellbeing.
• An on-site crèche to help with childcare while you learn or get support.

Our staff are experienced in delivering bespoke learning and training to mixed audiences across a wide range of sectors and organisations. 

Listening Service

If you're feeling worried, upset, stressed or anxious about something, we're here to listen. The confidential listening service is for all women 18+.

Health & Wellbeing

We support individuals and groups in the community to address their health and wellbeing in order to lead to happier and healthier lives.

Personal Development

We offer a comprehensive range of learning and training opportunities for women in the heart of our community. Aspire also offers training to other sectors, organisations and groups.


Aspire staff have a wealth of experience responding to the support needs of local women. We run several support groups including Mature Friends and our weekly Drop-In Group for those wanting to meet and make new friends.


Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, develop your skills and boost your confidence while making a difference to the lives of other women. 


Our on-site crèche is available for children under 5 and offers free places while you learn or get support at Aspire.

Whats on: at a glance

January 2019
Learn new skills with Aspire’s free and low-cost courses.  For detailed information click here
Course Name Day(s) / Time(s)
Mindfulness and Meditation                                                                                                                     
Monday 9.30am - 11.30am
Poetry for Pleasure
Monday 9.30am - 11.30am
It is ok to talk about....
Monday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Intro to Massage
Monday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Drum It Up
Monday 3.00pm - 5.00pm
Move on with Maths
Tuesday 9.30am - 11.30am
Art for Change
Tuesday 9.30am - 11.30am
An introduction to Aromatherapy
Tuesday 9.30am - 11.30am
Aspire 2 Change 
Tuesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Carry on with Sugar Craft Flowers
Tuesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
All things French
Tuesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Be a better listener
Wednesday 9.30am - 11.30am
Intro to Creative Writing
Wednesday 9.30am - 11.30am
Needle Felting
Wednesday 9.30am - 11.30am
An introduction to English Literature   fiber_new
Wednesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Creative Crafts Wednesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Simple and Healthy Cooking
Thursday 9.30am - 11.30am
Spring Sugar Craft
Thursday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
An introduction to Child Development
Thursday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Oh Sew Easy  
Thursday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Indian Head Massage 
Friday 9.30am - 11.30am
Introduction to Criminology
Friday 9.30am - 11.30am
Further look into Criminology
Friday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Back to Basics with IT
Friday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Dance Fit
Friday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Groups, Support and Wellbeing
Stay well, feel supported and get more from life.  For detailed information click here
Mature Friends                                                                                                                                        
Monday 9.30am - 11.30am
Monday Drop In
Monday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
IT Drop In
Tuesday 9.30am - 11:30am
Singing Sisters Support Group 
Tuesday 9.30am - 11.30am
Chat ‘n’ Craft Drop-In
Tuesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Positive Choices Drop-In
Tuesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Positive Progress Support Group
Wednesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Drop In Group
Thursday 9.30am - 11.30am
Women's Wellness Sessions
Friday 9.30am - 11.30am
(by appointment only)
Confidential Listening Service
Available upon request

How to enrol*

Enrol from the 18th December 2018 at 9.00am to reserve your place.
Many of our courses are very popular and spaces fill up quickly.

In person: Mon - Fri, 9:00am - 4:00pm
By Telephone: 0191 3891504 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm)

If you are in receipt of benefits, it is very important that you bring along evidence of this when you enrol.  Most courses start week beginning 14th January 2019 - please check the individual course listing for details and enrol in advance to secure your place