“I have learning difficulties, mild autism and I am deaf. I have been coming to Aspire Wellbeing for many years and presently attend four days a week. I like to use the gym to help me keep mobile and to help me to lose weight. I have been developing my computer skills in in various ways, whether it be by investigating histories of famous people and compiling photo, or by playing educational games, and generally becoming more independent in the use of the computer. I am also learning to sign BSL (British Sign Language) with my BSL Relay Signer and others, more and more. I play bingo on Friday afternoons and I am really able to participate as I can see the numbers come up on the bingo number machine. My highlight from last year was the time I spent on holiday in the Isle of Wight with others from the centre. The weather was great and I was able to enjoy the night life. Some of the Aspire Wellbeing staff and other day care members know how to use sign language and we are able to communicate in a limited way. I’m glad that there is another deaf BSL user attending the centre now – but I would prefer it if even more deaf people joined.”
Our primary area of business is the provision of day care for adults with physical and sensory disabilities living in and around the Lambeth area.
We pride ourselves on creating a happy, safe and positive environment for our day opportunities members.
All of our staff (full time, part time and volunteers) are passionate about delivering the best possible care.
We have about 100 members who use our services on a regular basis, between one and five days a week.
Many of our members are personal budget holders, but we have an increasing number of self-funders too.
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LAMBETH AND BEYOND
We can provide transport to and from member’s homes on an individually-assessed needs basis.
Our facilities have been extensively refurbished over recent years, including the creation of a specialist gym, studios, kitchen and computer room, which we use to provide an even more extensive and diverse range of daily activities.
Our weekly day care timetable includes rehabilitation, enablement, exercise, independent living skills, hobbies, discussion groups, and much, much more.
We understand the pressure that carers are under. That is why we do what we can to help.
Aspire Wellbeing understands the importance of offering practical and emotional support – by providing opportunities for carers to talk through their concerns, both individually and in group sessions, with staff, trained volunteers and other carers who understand their situation, thus helping to alleviate feelings of isolation, worry and stress.
We hold quarterly meetings providing information and advice about all issues affecting carers, including workshops on benefits, breaks, respite and local support services. There is also a monthly coffee morning for any carer who would like to pop in to meet the directors.
Don’t just take our word for it – read what our members have to say. Or better still, why not come down and take a look for yourself..?!
- Angela Bent
“I have cerebral palsy, learning difficulties and I am deaf. I use a wheelchair to travel to and from the centre but, once there, I use my four-wheeled rotator to get about to the various sessions that I participate in. I have been coming to Aspire Wellbeing for some years and presently attend on three days a week. I like to use the gym and try to use the equipment as independently as possible. But, if I do need help, the staff are right there and always willing to help. I have been learning how to use the computer more and more, developing my computer skills and sign BSL (British Sign Language) with my BSL Relay Signer and others. I play bingo on Friday afternoons, independently. My favourite highlight from last year was the time I spent on holiday in the Isle of Wight with others from the centre. Some of the Aspire Wellbeing staff and other day care members know how to use sign language. I’m glad that there is another deaf BSL user attending the centre now and I would like it if more deaf people joined. It would be great also if there could be a BSL interpreter at every meeting.”Cynthia Jones
“I have rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and I have had a number of operations on my chest, hip, knees and hands. I also have poor eye sight. I have been coming to the centre for a number of years, three times a week. I do exercise in the gym, and I go to the women’s group and the Bible group. I enjoy coming here because I can meet people. It gets me out of the house and I enjoy doing my exercise sessions. I like to take part in everything, such as a finished article of knitting. The staff are very helpful and friendly. I have seen a lot of improvement in the gym area, with lots of new equipment and the area is now a great deal bigger and better.”Dorothy Hewitt
“I had a stroke four years ago and I have been coming to the centre two days a week for three years. I do an exercise programme in the gym – the gym equipment is really good. All the highly qualified staff do an excellent job of helping me. I get along with everyone. It is fun to exercise here, and the environment is not intimidating like other gyms. I got engaged last year to the love of my life. Exercise is crucial at this centre where they maintain positive communication and understanding.”Evelyn Beckles
“I had a stroke in 2005 when I was living in Italy and it left me paralysed down my right side, so I am now in a wheelchair. I also find it difficult both to speak and to be understood. My wife looks after me most of the time. At first it was difficult for me carry out simple tasks, but I am gradually learning to do a few things, which makes me feel better about myself. I hate to rely so much on my wife and it’s causing a strain on our relationship, with her looking after both me and the kids. She really needs some quality time for herself.
I used to work as an architect and I was a very active person. My stroke was totally unexpected and it has had a huge impact on my life – on my dreams and my aspirations. I have to admit that I do feel depressed at times, especially because I have to rely on others. But I am also very grateful that I have a loving, caring wife who has helped me to come to terms with my disability. The best thing about Aspire Wellbeing is that I am able to do some exercises which have helped me with my general physical mobility – my muscles are getting stronger every week. I also enjoy meeting and socialising with other people. It has also relieved my boredom at home, where I mostly just felt isolated and watched TV.
It’s a great place to meet people, share experiences and make friends. I am much happier in myself and I have been able to maintain both mental and emotional stability as a result of the time I spend at Aspire Wellbeing. I have been able to improve my relationship with my family; and my wife has been able to enjoy some precious time on her own.”Kingsley Amoako
“ I suffer from epilepsy. I come to the centre twice a week and I have been coming here for a number of years. I do exercises in the gym, socialise with other members and learn from others how to make various crafts. I feel stronger because I want to lose more weight. You can get advice and help to lose weight. I can now make key rings and bracelets to sell to my fellow Aspire members. I like the way the gym area has been expanded.”Laura McElligot