Feedback from our sessions
The group is like a second family. I am always welcomed with a cheery smile and a brew. Lots of time for a natter and a catch up even when doing the crafts. Hearing life stories of other people in the group and getting to know them better. At the end of each session I feel happy and content ready to tackle the rest of the day.
I enjoy making friends old and new. Tea and biscuits hurrah. Enjoy any activity we are challenged to take part in.
I was referred to Aspire via Kirklees Council during lockdown. I found the contact and crafting parcels were a real lifesaver and I felt encouraged to come to the group when it opened. I love coming every Monday, I feel like part of a community.
It’s a wonderful social group with good activities. It’s also good for your mind.
Without this group I wouldn't see anyone. We do amazing things, meet lovely people, and make a lot of friends.
It’s fabulous and keeps the mind active. Everyone’s friendly and has a laugh. Makes me feel wonderful. All of the tutors are wonderful and friendly. We enjoy doing the crafts and refreshments.
Because everyone is happy and I enjoy doing the crafts. It makes me feel very happy, we have a laugh and good time. I enjoy crafts, once you do a craft you get hooked on it. I love Fridays, I call you all my Friday girls. It's my favourite day of the week. I can’t wait for Fridays!
It made me feel like me
Aspire was launched at St Johns Church in Birkby, Huddersfield on the 1st October 2015, with Occupational Therapist Susanna opening a group for over 55s to come together and get creative. We became a registered charity in 2019, and now have seven community groups across Kirklees that bring people together to make friends, make a difference, and change lives.
Our team of five staff and 30 volunteers love to build relationships, connect with people in real life, and help people to feel like they belong. We dont discharge anyone, instead we get to know them and build safe spaces where anyone over 55 can feel welcome and be themselves. We always see the person, not the problem, and we want to see social isolation amongst over 55s a distant memory.
By the end of January 2023 we aim to raise £10,000 which will be doubled by the Match It scheme run by One Community. With your help we can do this!
Every £1 you give will become £2! Please consider giving to change lives in your community.