The Aspire Team
Susanna - CEO & Founder
I’m Susanna, and I’m proud to be the Chief Executive Officer of Aspire! I’m a registered Occupational Therapist, with over eighteen years experience working with adults over 55 in care homes, mental health services, volunteer work, and the NHS.
I work in partnership with many innovative local organisations, and with such a creative and like-minded team of staff and volunteers. This is my dream job! From a very young age, I was inspired to care deeply about the lives and stories of people a good few decades older than me. Listening and learning from people, and connecting with them, is the beating heart of what we do. I hate labels, stereotypes and assumptions that box people in, that make an individual feel undervalued, or that their story is somehow of little worth. People are people, no matter how old!
My dream is that many more Aspire communities will spring up across Kirklees and beyond - places where people can have fun, try something new, and forge lasting friendships. We aim to deliver an exceptional quality of service, shifting cultures and attitudes, and working hard to see people’s lives change through purpose, connection and loving our communities.
Stella - Session Leader
I’m Stella, I've been with Aspire since it started in early 2015 at St John's Birkby. I started as a volunteer but since then I have launched groups at the Chestnut Centre in Woodhouse and at Grove URC Church in Gomersal.
Rebekah - Volunteer Coordinator & Session Leader
I'm Rebekah, I have been working with Aspire for a year, before this I worked with Talkthru in Huddersfield & as a freelance Landscape Designer. I am the Volunteer Coordinator for Aspire & Session Leader for the groups at Sandy Mount & Birkby Croft. I love to encourage others & facilitate community. It is such a privilege to work with both the Aspire members & the amazing volunteers who offer their time & skills.
Liz - Aspire Administrator
Hello I'm Liz, I joined Aspire in 2020. I provide the admin support for Aspire, I also work with Third Sector Leaders in Kirklees supporting refugees and asylum seekers.
Luke - Session Leader
Hi, I'm Luke. I've run art and history sessions for Aspire since the end of 2015. I have had the pleasure of working at all of Aspire's groups. I run the weekly group at Almondbury Library.