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National Volunteers Week 2018

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Volunteers’ Week is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.

At asphaleia, volunteers are an integral part of our delivery. In our training venture, they provide valuable classroom support that can make all the difference to those learners who can’t keep up with the pace of the lesson.

One service in particular could not operate at all without its 19 volunteers. That is the Independent Visiting Service. Part of our care venture, it is a service we are contracted to run for London Borough of Bromley.

It is a befriending service that matches one adult volunteer to a young person in care. The volunteer (IV) will visit that young person once a month and take them out to do activities. It is intended to be a consistent, supportive relationship that can make an immense difference in the young person’s life. Special mention goes to our longest serving IV, Jason, who has been visiting his young person for over four years.

All of our visitor’s offer up their time for free, whilst working full or part-time and having families or other commitments. In a recent feedback survey sent to our young people, all of them stated that having a visitor was ‘Good/Excellent’. When asked what their visitor has helped them with, some responses were:

‘I can talk to her about things.’

‘Making new friends.’

‘I managed to travel to Croydon and back by myself.’

asphaleia’s Managing Director, Laura Thorpe, says;

Significant and unique support volunteers give to our organisation in helping young people to believe in themselves and reach their potential. Volunteers are sacrificial and selfless in giving of their time,  care and effort. Generally they have busy lives and they still give more wanting to make a difference. We appreciate them and we are so glad we can support volunteers’ week to recognise and celebrate who they are. 

On behalf of all at asphaleia, we want to say a huge…

… To ALL our volunteers for the fantastic work you do with our young people.

To enquire about becoming a volunteer with us, please email 

ESOL Learners in Worthing Visit Pizza Express for Work Experience

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

The ESOL groups at Worthing visited Pizza Express as part of their work experience. The session was run by a member of staff who had initially joined Pizza Express with little English and then progressed within the company. Learners came with a range of questions including:

  • How friendly is Pizza Express?
  • How long to become an assistant manager if you start in the kitchen?
  • Do you work alone?

Learners identified key safety rules, signs and symbols for cooking in a kitchen, which they could see were important. They spent time reviewing hand-washing as a vital element of food safety. This was followed by listening to spoken instructions alongside a demonstration for making a pizza. Learners asked the organiser for help rather than each other to develop their confidence outside the classroom. Following the session the learners were interested to discover that recipes are available online.

The manager joined us towards the end of the session and the discussion centred on what employability skills were required to work at Pizza Express. The answer was  a good attitude relating to things like time keeping, helping each other, teamwork but also the desire to work and learn as well as being positive. Language was not considered to be a barrier to work. This was a conversation that continued in the classroom afterwards with learners adding confidence, kindness and respect as part of having a good attitude. The session was positively evaluated by the learners and will be followed by employer visits to asphaleia.

Open Day in Uxbridge for NEET young people

Friday, October 20th, 2017

The Youth Talent project is holding an open afternoon for 16 – 24 year olds in Hillingdon Borough.

Alongside the Hillingdon Borough’s Participation Team, Zoe will be welcoming young people into the centre so they can come and find out more about progression support.

The Youth Talent project is dedicated to gaining traineeships, apprenticeships and employment for local young people.

Please come along on

Friday 3rd November

1pm – 3pm

If you would like to find out more please contact Zoe or check out our blog to read our success stories!

01895 272478

07743 279435

Do you need help looking for work?

Friday, October 20th, 2017

ARE YOU 16 – 24?


Do you live in Hillingdon Borough?

We can help you for FREE!

Text us today…

07743 279345

Study Buddy

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Tutors, Sarah Crompton and Jenny Davis have joined the beginner and entry ESOL classes for a period each day. The idea is for learners to support each other with their language skills as study buddies. Evidence suggests that feedback between learners can be very powerful and motivating if given in a supportive way.

The set up involves the entry group supporting the beginners with their English so developing their skills of explanation and to give the beginners an opportunity to meet with developing language learners at a higher level.  Learners are given structured opportunities with the topic and are mixed in pairs or small groups so they can develop confidence in a small setting.

Topics covered include exchanging personal information including schooling in different countries and free time. Learners have positively evaluated the opportunity and use a mixture of English, pictures and translation to help each other. Yesterday a discussion of cooking involved finding pictures and finding one for aubergine. Learners are meeting outside now for self study. I asked one learner what he talks about outside and he responded, ‘Anything, anything!’


To find out more about training programmes, please call 01903 823546. We currently have spaces on our programmes in Worthing, West Sussex and Uxbridge, London.

Learning Independence

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Last Thursday new timetables were given to learners in preparation for changes this week.

As class timetables develop and change it is clearly important to enable low level language learners in the beginners’ group to manage those changes if they are to become independent learners.  Independence has been described as providing learners with the strategies to become independent since low level language learners often benefit from steps to independence.  Motivation is also important in the process. Evidence shows that teaching directed at what learners find relevant and useful motivates learners and addressing an immediate need even more so.

With that in mind to enable accurate and independent reading of the timetable standard question and answer techniques were used to check understanding of language and layout.  Common sources of misunderstanding including substituting Tuesday for Thursday were ironed out through peer support focusing on the sounds ‘Tu’ and ‘Th’.

Beyond that some learners also need to consider the knock on factors that affect travel such as train and bus journeys. As a result it can be effective to break down learning into steps. Alan Olieff, Learning Support, worked with two learners who have had problems with travelling including one who had accidentally taken a Victoria bound train all the way to London instead of getting off at Worthing not realising he could get off the train at any point to return to Worthing. Both were supported to access train timetables online to enable journey planning.  As a result one of the learners has decided to allow himself 15 minutes to get to class from Worthing station and check if it allows him enough time. Reviewing is clearly an important part of the process.


For information about our learning programmes, please call 01903 823546.

16-24 year olds in Uxbridge…Get free support from us!

Monday, October 2nd, 2017


Here at asphaleia we know how challenging it can be for young people to find jobs, trainings and apprenticeships.

We have a whole project dedicated to helping young people get where they want to be.

So if you know a 16-24 year old who needs some guidance and support then contact us today!

Young people have been successful in gaining jobs in HR, Admin, Animal care, Floristry and Childcare to name just a few!

Simply call 01895 272478 or text 07743 279345 to speak to Zoe.

We look forward to hearing from you.


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Progression support for young people in West London

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Do you work with young people who no one else will help? Are they feeling rejected after several failed interviews or applications? Do you know young people who just can’t see their employment potential?

asphaleia has an excellent track record in working alongside young people to find work. Young people are being successful in gaining employment, apprenticeships and traineeships in childcare, retail, construction and admin. We work with young people to ensure they are successful in the progression route that is best for them…

Louise worked with Zoe completing a CV, practising interview skills and working on her confidence and in only 5 hours she was successful in gaining employment as an administrator for Manpower UK Ltd in Uxbridge!

“I am so happy that I now have a routine and can start being independent I am glad my Dad saw your advert and convinced me to come and see you!” commented Louise.

Are you working with young people aged 16 – 24 years old that would like progression support?

Please contact Zoe to find out more:

01895 272478

07743 279345

A Learner’s first week at asphaleia

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

What was it like starting asphaleia?

I started asphaleia three days ago and I felt really nervous as it was a new environment for me and new people who I have never met before.

After my first day I felt a lot more confident as I settled in and was introduced to all the staff and made me feel welcomed into the environment and have supported me with the things that I have issues with doing.

What have you done so far?

So far I have done a timeline about schooling in the past that I’ve had and a piece about the things that I am good at and what my hobby and interests are.

What would you say to other young people who are starting asphaleia?

I would say to them that there is nothing to be nervous or afraid of the staff and students are very friendly and supportive if you have any worries or issues that are on your mind.

Would you recommend asphaleia to others?

I would recommend asphaleia to others because it isn’t like any of schooling they do whatever you feel comfortable with they don’t force you to do something that you wish not to they are extremely friendly and give you all the support that you will need to get into college and they also prepare you for future lifestyle.

If you are interested in studying with asphaleia or referring a young person you are working with, please email us here.

Spaces available on educational provision in Uxbridge NOW

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

OnTrack offers functional skills qualifications in English & Maths for 16 – 18 year olds, as well as lessons that will help improve young people’s well being.

We focus on young people who are disengaged from education or may otherwise find out difficult to access mainstream education; UASC, LAC, those with social inclusion needs.

We can also support those who are of school age with the above, fees are payable for this.


Please email to make a referral or find out more.

01895 272478