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]
Mindfulness and Meditation
This is time for you to begin to understand how lifestyle choices can impact on personal health and well being . You will be guided through meditation and self care routines to improve your sense of wellbeing.
Monday 9.30am - 11.30am
Update your C.V. and more fiber_new
Would you like to give you C.V. a makeover? This course will help you decide how to create a C.V. that you will be able to adapt to apply for jobs. It will enable you to work on your interview style and through role play you will gain confidence and become familiar with all of your positive attributes which will support you in your search for a new job.
Monday 9.30am - 11.30am
New Year, New Me
New Year New Me! It’s the perfect time of year to work on building up your self-confidence, to work on your self esteem and build on your strengths to support your resilience. This course will give you the tools to help with all of this in a supportive environment.
Monday 12.30am - 2.30pm
Walking to Wellness fiber_new
If you have decided that it is the time to work on your physical health and wellbeing then this is the opportunity you have been waiting for! Come along for a gentle walk each week, where you will be able to enjoy fresh air and gentle exercise. Walking is sure to improve both your physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Monday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Express Yourself Through Art 
This course will use the work of established artists to inspire your creativity and spur you on to create your very own piece of art using your own choice of media.
Monday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Introduction to drumming
Fun, loud and high energy!! Have a go at playing a variety of drums within a group and create some music inspired by Brazilian Carnivals!!
Monday 3.00pm - 5.00pm
Move on with Maths 
Do you want to improve your understanding of maths? This course will enable you to begin to work towards unravelling the mystery that is numbers!
Tuesday 9.30am - 11.30am
Sugarcraft Flowers - Auckland Community Room
Further develop your creativity, learn the techniques to produce beautiful flowers made from sugar paste. With guidance and support to create your own bouquet. This is a course for those who have already completed an introduction to sugar craft.
Tuesday 10.00am - 12.00pm
Yoga (RSPH Encourage Physical Activity)
This is your opportunity to have a go at some simple yoga and gain an understanding of how you can incorporate the health benefits into your everyday lives.
Tuesday 9.30am - 11.30am
So What? (Planning for the future) fiber_new
This is a brand new course developed to explore the ideas around recycling and reusing fabric items. You will become familiar with the positive effect that reusing and up-cycling personal items will have on our environment as well as giving your clothes a new fresh lease of life.
Tuesday 9.30am - 11.30am
Dance Fit - Auckland Community Room
This course is inspired by the tv programme Strictly Come Dancing, but here you will use the steps of the tango waltz and more to dance your way to fitness. This class is for those of you who have some dance experience.
Tuesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
RSPH Understanding Alcohol Misuse
Do you know how many units it is safe to drink for a woman? Do you know how alcohol could affect your health? This is the course for you to gain a full understanding of the true effects of alcohol misuse.
Tuesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
RSPH Health Awareness fiber_new
This is a new 10 week course, where you will begin to explore the things that contribute to feeling healthy. You will take some time to look at physical and mental health, and what to do to preserve and improve your health.
Wednesday 9.30am - 11.30am
Introduction to Massage
If you would like to learn some simple massage techniques to use at home to improve your own sense of health and well being then this is the course for you. The tutor will guide you through the simple movements in a safe and supportive environment.
Wednesday 9.30am - 11.30am
Exploring Local History (Be an internet savvy)
Would you like to know if the Lambton Worm is real and find out about other myths and legends of Chester le Street and Durham? Exploring fascinating facts, weird place names and interesting surnames. What used to be in the street and area where you live? What exciting historical events happened in your area?
Wednesday 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Creative Colouring In fiber_new
Brand New Course This is an opportunity to take some time out for yourself. Spend the session practice mindfulness through colouring in beautiful patterns. You will have the opportunity to explore various colour combinations and complete your chosen patterns using a variety of media.
Wednesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Healthy Cooking  
If you want to gain some practical cooking skills this is the course for you! During the sessions you will work as part of a team to prepare then share a different meal each week while learning about healthy choices and nutrition
Thursday 9.30am - 11.30am
Goal Setting and Smart Target fiber_new
This course will support you to look at ways of increasing your self confidence, self worth and self esteem by working together to identify, set and achieve small goals personalised to you!
Thursday 9.30am - 11.30am
Change Your Life in 10 weeks fiber_new
Is it time for a change? Would you like to have some focus and make some decisions for yourself? (need more blurb).
12.30pm - 2.30pm
On this course you will be guided through some of the fascinating theories of psychology. It is a chance to explore the ways in which evolution and natural selection may have shaped our minds and our behaviour patterns.
12.30pm - 2.30pm
Have a go at ...Criminology 
Explore the world of criminology! Try to understand why some people develop criminal behaviour and what type of crimes people commit.
9.30am - 11.30am
Word Processing Explained 
This course is for you if you would like to build on your skills creating basic documents, letters and become familiar with the keyboard and its functions.
Friday 9.30am - 11.30am
Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well being. On this course you will learn about the history of this therapy how to blend and use the oils safely.
Friday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
RSPH Food Safety
Do you know what temperature your fridge should be at? Do you know how to store food correctly? This is your chance to work towards unravelling these and other food safety mysteries!!
Friday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
A Taste of Things to Come ...the ologies! fiber_new
How does it all work? Would you like to understand why humans do what they do? How are we affected by our families, our communities, the media and the world?
Friday 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Below is just a small selection of the feedback we have received from women visiting our centre 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