Project Aspire - our plans to tackle social inequality
Find out about the aims of Project Aspire and our plans to tackle social inequality in our borough.
Project Aspire is here because we believe every person matters - this fundamentally underpins all we do. We are committed with our partners to improving the lives of our residents.
Project Aspire is working with our diverse range of communities to strengthen the community fabric that makes Guildford a place where everyone is truly valued. We are focusing our efforts on our less advantaged communities and will continue to promote partnership solutions involving not only statutory agencies but most importantly the people who live here.
We will support communities to develop local solutions to local issues. Find out about our Community Grants Scheme which offers funding for community projects and initiatives to benefit residents in our borough.
We are determined to play our part in improving the health and well-being of our residents and to reduce social inequality and Project Aspire is about providing leadership, encouragement and support to all communities to build upon the talents and energy we see every day to build true communities where neighbours can rely on one another.
We will seek to empower all our communities to take an active role in the decisions that affect their lives.
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Following conversations with a number of our voluntary sector partners, Guildford Borough Council in conjunction with Project Aspire, Voluntary Action South West Surrey and The Guildford Institute are planning a retirees' fair to be held in central Guildford on Tuesday 7 November from 10am - 4pm.
The number of people approaching retirement age and already retired is increasing and it is the moment for many to enjoy new experiences, take up new activities, or offer their time as a volunteer.
The aim of the fair would be to showcase how people might volunteer, keep active, meet new people, join clubs and societies after their retirement from work. The fair could include things like:
- Leisure, sports and fitness
- Arts, hobbies and other activities
- Learning and education
- Travel clubs
If you would like to find out more information or reserve space at the fair please contact: Philippa.Coldham@guildford.gov.uk
Ash Parish Dementia Action Alliance
The Ash Parish Dementia Action Alliance received a grant from Project Aspire to help with their launch. Two of our community wardens sit on the steering group and take an active role within the Alliance. The launch on 19 May 2017 was attended by over 40 people, including children from Ash Walsh Junior School and 15 stall holders including the British Heart Foundation, Surrey Patient Transport Service and the Surrey Fire Service.
Councillor Iseult Roche says 'the Ash Parish Dementia Action Alliance is a very worthy cause and it's lovely to see many different areas of the community come together to support the steering committee in making the launch a success'.
The photo shows Deputy Mayor Councillor Mike Parsons, Councillor Iseult Roche, the community wardens, local residents and GP's from a local surgery.
Project Aspire and the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre supported a programme of performance workshops at Kings College, Guildford. The workshops finished with a short play that was written and performed by the students which is entitled 'Westborough Tales'. The play is based on the experiences of, and stories from, their local community.
The photo shows Prince Edward with Councillor Iseult Roche when he popped in to watch rehearsals for Westborough Tales whilst on a visit to the Yvonne Arnaud.
Hearts for the Arts award
Project Aspire has been nominated for a Hearts for the Arts award for Best Local Authority Arts Projects encouraging community cohesion. This award recognises councils who go above and beyond to put arts at the heart of communities. Councillor Iseult Roche says "Community is about so much more than who you happen to live next door to... and far more about a sense belonging and understanding of local needs and what we can all do to make things better. We are delighted Project Aspire has been recognised and considered for such a prestigious award."
The Project Aspire Community Grants Scheme offers funding for community projects and initiatives that benefit local residents.
The Guildford Family Support Team Programme brings together a range of professionals to support vulnerable families.
Careline is a 24-hour emergency call system, helping people live independently in their own home, safe in the knowledge that help is at hand at the touch of a button.