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Kinda Nice to be Kind: Anti-bullying Week 2018

Monday, December 10th, 2018

As part of anti-bullying week, at asphaleia training we focused on the positive effects of being kind to others and what acts of kindness make people feel. At the beginning of each lesson, learners were asked to consider what kindness means and how we can alter someone’s mood for the better just through a few words or a simple action. Brick by brick we constructed our own ‘Wall of Kindness’ with individual comments from our learners.

The overall response was one of thoughtfulness and consideration. The impact of being nice or putting a smile on someone’s face is not forgotten and is truly appreciated by our learners. Phrases such as, ‘feeling respected’, ‘you are worth it’, ‘be amazing’ and ‘make someone’s day’ were commonplace on our wall and reflected many of our aims and objectives.

The wall is still presented in our foyer for all to see and consider what kindness brings. It also makes people think about what would be on their brick. What would be on yours?

asphaleia staff also wore odd socks to support this important awareness week!

To refer a young people to our education and support services in West Sussex or Uxbridge, please call asphaleia on 01903 823546.

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asphaleia Learners Attend Networking Event in Bognor Regis

Friday, November 30th, 2018
asphaleia has recently opened their doors in Bognor Regis to help support more young people to achieve qualifications. As a part of their employability class, the young people had the chance to visit The Social Enterprise Networking Convention at the Pheonix Centre. This networking convention allowed young people to meet and greet a variety of people who could help them with their future careers. The young people engaged wonderfully in speaking, listening and discovering the stands themselves. At first, they were hesitant to interact with new people but afterwards stated that they felt they had overcome a big obstacle.
In class afterwards, we asked all of our young people to write about the experience they had had. One of our young people wrote: “What was so good about going to this event was that I got to see what these people needed to achieve before going into the business they are in. I am only just back in education and it gave me the ability to see further than just passing. It has reminded me that I am here for the future as well as right now.”
Well done team Bognor and a massive thank you to everyone who took part in The Social Enterprise Networking Convention for letting us talk to you.
If you are interested in our On Track or Make Trax programme in Bognor Regis, we are accepting referrals today. Contact Gracie or 01903 522966.


Learners Create asphaleia Cafe with Halloween Themed Menu

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Last month, asphaleia learners ran their very own café for the staff. Our learners made, sold, and marketed all of the items on their very spooky menu.

Their menu included:

Boonanas – bananas with chocolate faces.
Fingernail Salad – grapes and passion fruit.
Spiders – Grapes and chocolate
Mummy’s Delight – chocolate covered shortbread with marshmallow bandages.
Blood Punch – Apple, cranberry, ginger juice and sparkling water.

Our learners wrote a clear list of what needed to be done and then spread the workload fairly so that they were working as a team. The food preparation team cleaned down the food preparation area and ensured everyone was ready to handle food. They then prepared all the food while the marketing team named and prepared the menu and calculated the cost of the food items and set the menu prices. After the food had been prepared the waiting team went to find customers. They spoke to various staff members in a polite manner and took their orders. All staff members were given chocolate coins to pay for their food, meaning that the waiting staff had to calculate the cost and give accurate change. This was an excellent opportunity to gain work experience in a safe and friendly environment. Once ordered the wait staff relayed the information to the food preparation team and they plated up the orders for the wait staff to deliver to our lovely customers.

Our learners said: “I really liked doing asphaleia café and I want to do it again.”

“I really enjoyed making all the food, I’d never really done anything like this before but I liked it.”

“I thought that I would be really bad at taking orders because I don’t really like talking to people but I was actually really good at it. It helped me know that it wasn’t that bad.”

If you or someone you know could be interested in our On Track learning programme, please call 01903 522966.

Learning at asphaleia training – What do we Offer Young People?

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

We are halfway through the autumn term with our new learners who were offered a place at asphaleia for this new academic year.  Our classes resumed on the 10th of September 2018 after a month long Intensive Summer Programme. It is indeed an exciting year ahead and we at asphaleia training are looking forward to another rewarding year of paving the way to success for our young people.

We realise that the transition from their home country to the United Kingdom can be very stressful as young people today have to navigate a complex and ever-changing world, facing challenges and pressures in numerous aspects of their lives. asphaleia aim to provide an ideal environment for promoting both intellectual and good emotional well-being among our young people. Now that our young people have a place with us, we will be making that process as smooth as possible to ensure that they have a fruitful experience at asphaleia.

At asphaleia training, our young people are at the heart of every decision. Everything we do is about ensuring their experiences here help them develop in a caring, supportive environment. We have high expectations and aspirations for every one of our learners and we believe in taking a robust approach to accomplish this as our vision is that our learners aspire to be the best they can be.  It goes hand-in-hand with Nelson Mandela’s thoughts

”Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

 Who are we?

asphaleia is a registered Further Education Provider and has been rated Good by OFSTED recently. We run learning centres in Sussex and West London offering an alternative learning environment that is open 52 weeks of the year. We offer OCR accredited qualifications at Pre-Entry through to Level 2 as well as internally recognised certificates of achievement. Qualifications include Functional Skills Maths, English (ESOL), Vocational Courses and Employability programmes. We aim to enhance the delivery of education establishments by providing additional support for their young people who need it and will be able to complete their programme within one academic year. It is an ideal route as it provides an opportunity to get qualifications that enable young people to make a positive transition into higher level education or work. We also run personal development courses focusing on developing confidence, self-awareness and self-management.

We help learners to overcome any barriers to learning with support with travel, equipment, clothes for interviews or specialist job equipment and our facilities are accessible for all learners with disabilities or specific needs. We will work to help any young person to create their programme for progression.

We recognise that everyone has an important part to play in a young person’s development and that all contributions no matter how big or small are valued. We therefore seek to work in close partnership with parents/guardians and other professionals at all times. Please join us, and together we can take positive steps towards building a better future for our young people.

We are now offering our training service in BOGNOR REGIS!

To make a referral, please email or call our learning centre in Worthing on 01903 823546, or our learning centre in Uxbridge on 01895 272478.

Anti-Bullying Week

Monday, November 19th, 2018

National Anti-Bullying Week– 12th-16th November 2018

What is bullying?

“There is no legal definition of bullying. But it is usually defined as repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically, and is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability.” For more information, please visit:

Over the week and across the different locations of Worthing, Kent, London and Bognor Regis, staff and young people have been participating in different activities and discussions for anti-bullying week.

Odd Socks

In order to raise awareness, asphaleia joined many organisations nationwide who wore odd socks on Monday 12th November. Our creative and colourful effort was rewarded with Bullying UK tweeting us to let us know how great our feet looked!


Choose Respect

The theme this year for Anti-Bullying week was ‘Choose Respect’. In the 1:1 mentoring sessions and lessons staff have been talking to young people about what respect means to them and what they consider to be respectful. One of our staff members remarked:

Respect was a huge part of today’s topic and the statement that I encouraged them to take away from today was ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ We’ve also talked a lot about posting only positive things online; staying away from any kind of spread of negativity and respecting people’s differences in that we all feel different things and different things will trigger us.” (Ruby, asphaleia action)

Furthermore, in our 1:1 sessions in care and SAFE WL, young people commented that:

  • I feel respected when”People listen to me, when people treat me the same”
  • Showing respect to people is important because… “It shows that you care, so that their feelings do not get hurt”
  • I demonstrate respect for myself when I…”show that I am proud ofwhat I have achieved.”
  • I wish people were more respected becauseSome people are affected more ways than others”.

Wall of Kindness

To spread kindness, asphaleia training created a Wall of Kindness to encourage positive words being shared amongst staff and young people. These are just ‘snapshots’ of some of the things we got up to this week, where staff and young people both learnt a lot and had fun at the same time.


For more information and pictures,  you can follow us on our social media, @asphaleiainsta, @asphtraining or ‘like’ us on Facebook as asphaleia. Alternatively, for more information on our ventures, please call 01903 522966.

asphaleia Worthing Centre Open Day

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

On Thursday, 1st November, asphaleia action and training hosted an open evening for prospective learners and their parents, carers, support workers, and professionals to visit our centre. We are really proud of the work we are doing at the moment and were really excited to discuss all of the services we offer, and the work they have been doing to support young people. In training , we were pleased to talk about our On Track, Make Trax, and ESOL provisions, show student work and take visitors around the centre.

Similarly, we promoted asphaleia actions SAFE project, a project that aims to reduce the risk of trafficking and sexual exploitation of children and young people in West Sussex. SAFE works alongside schools, colleges, children services, local authorities, youth services and other professional organisations to provide a service of helping vulnerable young people identify and address their needs, build on their self-confidence and skills, strengthen ‘safer’ social networks and signpost them to other support services if further needs are identified.

Our tutors were available throughout the evening alongside student volunteers to answer questions, hand out literature about our ventures and explain student displays. It was brilliant to have professionals, parents and carers alike showing their interest in asphaleia, where we hope to have something helpful for every young person. We will be hosting more open days throughout 2019, and hope to help many more young people throughout the coming year via our training and action ventures. We hope to see you at one soon.

If you, or anyone you know, could benefit from any of our services, call us on 01903 522966 for more information or an informal chat. Alternatively, you can email with questions and queries.

asphaleia Open Day Thursday 1st November

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Our open day is for prospective learners and their parents, carers, support workers, and professionals to visit our centre. Our staff will be on hand to discuss all of the services we offer and show you around the centre, whilst our young people will tell you what they think of their learning at asphaleia.

Our open day is taking place on Thursday 1st November, 4pm-6:30pm at 22 Liverpool Gardens, Worthing. 

At our open day we will be presenting information about the organisation as well as specific information about asphaleia training and our charity, asphaleia action. You will have an opportunity to find out more about the qualifications we offer and other support we provide young people in West Sussex.

If you would like to book to attend please call us on 01903 522966, or email

Sunny Sports and a Showcase for Training

Friday, September 21st, 2018

The young people who attended asphaleia’s training summer school this year made the most of the opportunity to learn in the sunshine, through a variety of sports, dance and drama activities.

The first half of our summer school began with some friendly competition on Worthing beach. Our ESOL learners participated in volleyball matches and tried their luck at mini-golf. They also helped to prepare a delicious picnic that they ate after the activities in sunny Victoria Park, before heading back to the training centre and working extremely hard on their Maths and English. In addition, our ESOL, English and refugee students undertook a collective three week project. They developed a fantastic show based around personal monologues, music and acting, whilst surrounded by a set and props they created, before performing the ensemble in front of an audience at Ivy Arch Dance Studios, Worthing.

The performance was influenced with the help of the Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training (BRICTT),  who went above and beyond to enhance the showcase. They taught our young people a dance routine, some interpretative dance, and allowed them to explore the ins and outs of the theatre, including trapdoors, backstage, and even underneath the stage! The professionals at BRICTT also supplied some information of theatre and dramatic arts around Sussex, helping to contextualise the visit.

Within the fun and creative activities our learners experienced this summer lay a wealth of skills that they can take forward to further learning, training or employment. These included learning communication skills – both verbal and non verbal – practising teamwork, confidence and dedication in order to pull the show together. As a result, the young people made great progress towards earning their Life and Living Qualification. A huge thank you to BRICTT for the amazing classes, and a massive well done to our young people who worked very hard over the summer; you should be very proud of yourselves!


Are you 16-24, looking for free advice, teaching and work experience? Interested in obtaining qualifications whilst having fun and making new friends? Get in touch to find out how asphaleia can help you start planning your future, today. Telephone: 01903 823546 Email:





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.