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Support for GCSE & A Level Students in Hillingdon Borough

August 18th, 2017

Are you working with any young people who may need support after their exam results?

Will they need help with their progression routes into an apprenticeship, traineeship or job?

 The Youth Talent project will be able to help them regardless of their qualifications and situation.

Please contact Zoe today if you require further information.

01895 272478

07743 279345

NEW Music sessions in Kent!

August 18th, 2017

We are very excited to tell you about the new music sessions in Kent, offered on the Palm Tree Project. All young people on the project now have a choice to design their sessions using mentoring, art and music- they are spoilt for choice. Some young people have already started their first music sessions, playing guitar. We also have a range of drums and a keyboard on the way.

The music sessions have been helping young people cope with their worries and traumatic past, allowing them something new to focus on bringing some stress relief. Most young people on the project only attend education part-time so this is a great positive activity for them to get involved with. Some have even picked it up as a hobby and are saving up to buy their own guitar to practice on!

Do you know any UASC aged 13-18 in Kent who would benefit from these sessions? Call Gwen on 07590 844 201/the Kent office on 01622 690 857 to find out more, or email for a referral form. Anyone can refer so please don’t hesitate to find out more!


Staff are proud to be a part of asphaleia!

August 15th, 2017

asphaleia listen to the opinions of their staff throughout the year, to ensure all voices are heard and the company continues to grow and develop. In the most recent staff survey 73% of staff strongly agreed that asphaleia care about their welfare and the remaining staff agreed.

Staff also shared the following:

asphaleia’s a fabulous organisation, I am happy and grateful to be part of it.

I am proud to be part of this organisation and am being given the chance to develop in many different areas. Thank you.

I love working for asphaleia and strongly believe that if a hard working staff member has a concern regarding their job role or expectations that asphaleia will do what they can to support that person. I am very proud and lucky to work for asphaleia and genuinely love my job.

Staff also shared that the two most important aspects of working life that motivate them were excelling in performance at work and the organisation caring about my welfare.

If you want to know more about asphaleia or any current opportunities please contact us.


Pete’s Fundraiser

August 15th, 2017

A massive thank you to friend of asphaleia, semi professional golfer Pete, who this month challenged his fellow golfers to get closest to the hole as they could in one shot!

At the start of the hole, Pete asked for donations to The Kabor Project in Sierra Leone on the understanding that if he couldn’t get closest he would give the donation back. Pete only lost the challenge twice but no one took their donation back!

On behalf of Sierra Leone we would like to thank Pete and everyone who donated on this day.

For more information about how you can get involved in fundraising please contact us.

Make more friends with the AttachED Project in Worthing

August 15th, 2017


Are you learning English at asphaleia?

Want to go out bowling and to the cinema?

For more information talk to Nikki or call 01903 823546

Young People’s Forum Worthing

August 15th, 2017

Share your opinions, ideas and suggestions on how we can improve young people’s services at asphaleia.

Join our lunchtime group on:

Thursday 24th August 2017 at 12pm

If you are interested in attending please see Nikki.

Visit to Pizza Express

August 15th, 2017

Last week, a group of ESOL beginners from Worthing went to Pizza Express.  First we met with the manager to learn what making a pizza in a restaurant is all about. The learners followed a demonstration to make pizza with a choice of toppings which was easier then they had realised and they then ate together as a group. The importance of following good hand hygiene in the workplace formed part of the session.

The learners had a number of questions about working at Pizza Express. They wondered if English was important and the response was that attitude was most important for work including time keeping and getting the work done. A story of a kitchen porter who arrived a year ago with little English but who practised with staff and now speaks really well proved really encouraging and continued to be discussed into the afternoon.

To find out more about learning at asphaleia, please email us here.





ESOL Steps into the Workplace

August 8th, 2017

ESOL learners in Worthing are developing their skills for the workplace during asphaleia’s summer programme. They have already met with asphaleia’s managing director, Laura Thorpe, confidently asking questions on what working at asphaleia involves. On Thursday they will be visiting Pizza Express in Worthing to discover what skills for the different roles as well as developing culinary skills. For more on this watch this space…..!

To book a place on our summer prorgamme, click here.

Young People’s Forum

August 8th, 2017

Come to the


Share your opinions, ideas and suggestions on how we can improve young people’s services at asphaleia.

Join our lunchtime group on:

Thursday 17th August 2017 at 1pm

At: asphaleia Uxbridge

Refreshments provided!


Mental health in the news

July 31st, 2017

Suicide is the biggest cause of death of men under 45 years old in England. This is a frightening thought, as this preventable issue takes a higher toll than physical health issues and accidents. It shows how important it is to talk about depression and suicide, especially for boys and men who feel unable to talk about this. Stigma around talking about feelings is preventing people from speaking out. We want you to feel like you can, and it’s ok to do so.
Teenagers who are transitioning through adolescence into adulthood need to know that there is still help throughout and after this period- there is support out there even once you turn 18.

The charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) run a webchat and phone line for boys and men, although anyone can call. Their website  also shows how you can help out someone you know is struggling. Their phone line 0800 58 58 58 is open every day of the year, from 5pm-midnight.

The Palm Tree Project works with Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children under the care of Kent Social Services, aged between 13-18 years. The project uses mentoring and art sessions to support better mental health and wellbeing.

Contact Gwen in Maidstone on 01622 690 857 or at to find out more