The ASPIRE project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Partners include Dover District Council, Kent County Council, Kent Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Bournemouth University, C3 Collaborating for Health, Wellbeing People and Your Leisure.

There are ASPIRE hubs in Medway, Bournemouth and across northern France.

Where is the ASPIRE East Kent hub?

The East Kent ASPIRE hub is based at Bechange in Aylesham: 

Bechange, Ackholt Road, Aylesham CT3 3AJ

The project offers support for those who do not have their own transport to get to Aylesham. 

Improving health and wellbeing. Building skills and confidence for employment.

What is the ASPIRE project?

ASPIRE East Kent provides FREE beginner-friendly workshops for people who want to improve their health and wellbeing and their employment opportunities, and to feel more confident and positive about life. We host a wide range of activities including cooking, gardening, wellbeing and exercise sessions, as well as accredited courses and employment support.

ASPIRE is for you if:

  • you are over 18
  • you are unemployed, a job seeker or in temporary insecure work
  • and you would like to improve your health and wellbeing, and lose weight

Activities include:

  • Growing your own vegetables
  • Beekeeping
  • Healthy cookery courses
  • NHS One You Weight Loss programme
  • Exercise and activity classes
  • Healthy walks
  • Leisure centre membership
  • Accredited training courses
  • Job application and CV workshops
  • Job interview practice

How does ASPIRE work?

This life-changing programme aims to tackle rising unemployment and obesity in a holistic way and is based on the well-researched health and wellbeing benefits of gardening and eating well.

After meeting the team to chat about your goals, we’ll help you choose the activities that are right for you. Whether you want to eat more healthily, be more active, meet people, grow your own veg, volunteer, start a small business or just try something new, we can help.

All our sessions are suitable for complete beginners and typically last for a couple of hours, all equipment is provided and you’ll be fully supported by our friendly team.

After an appointment with an ASPIRE co-ordinator to discuss your goals you can plan a pathway that suits you over a period of about 12 weeks.

You can take part in as much or as little as you wish to help you progress on the ASPIRE Participation Ladder.

How much does it cost?

All activities at the centre are provided free for registered participants of ASPIRE who meet the eligibility criteria.

The project even offers support to get to the East Kent Hub at Bechange in Aylesham for those who do not have their own transport.

How can I join ASPIRE?

If you would like to find out more, please fill in our online form and one of the ASPIRE team will contact you.
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