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Vote now help us get GamesAid funding!

Posted on 31st August 2016 by

We are delighted to have been nominated for GamesAid funding, which would support our work with young people and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome at a critical time for our ASpire project. The special element of GamesAid funding is that it is voted for by its members, people who are involved in the gaming industry.

Games Aid - vote now logoGaming is very close to many of our service users with Asperger’s who attend our ASpire social group. Gaming can provide people with Asperger’s with a unique opportunity to socialise, communicate and make friends. New game releases and favourite games are often a hot topic of conversation amongst our service users, who can struggle to communicate due to their condition.

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Accessing Health and Social Care Services – Survey

Posted on 22nd October 2015 by

In partnership with Healthwatch Brighton and Hove, ASpire is conducting research into the barriers adults with Asperger’s/Autism Spectrum conditions may experience when accessing local healthcare and social care services.

It is really important to us that you have a voice when it comes to how health and social care services are delivered. ASpire and some of its service users have put together a survey as a way you can feedback and let local services know about what works well and what improvements or ideas you have to make things better.

So, we would be grateful if you would let us know your opinions by answering the online survey here.

We really welcome parents’ and carers’ feedback too.

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Open Arts Open Week Optimism!

Posted on 4th July 2014 by
Open Arts Open Week Flyer

Click image to view the Open Week flyer.

Open Arts is a new arts creation and learning space in Brighton Open Market. It is a collaborative project between Autism Sussex, Impetus and Grace Eyre. Open Arts will run Visual and Live Arts courses for adults with Asperger’s, Autism and Learning Disabilities, and will be both an educational and social space that accommodates all levels of ability.

Next week, from Monday 7th to Friday 11th of July, you can drop in between 10am and 4pm to meet Open Arts staff and learn more about all of the wonderful courses! Anyone is welcome, and it’s a great opportunity to visit the Open Market.

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Thoughts of a Volunteer Mentor

Posted on 3rd June 2014 by

Richard ASpire volunteer mentor

Today I spoke to Richard, a man who has been volunteering for ASpire since 2007. We invited Richard to the office today because it’s Volunteers’ Week, and I wanted to hear about volunteering directly from someone who does it. He is one of our longest-standing mentors so he has a wealth of experience with the service and is well informed. Richard is also part of ASpire’s steering committee as a mentor representative, where he can draw on his experience to help with decisions that the committee makes.

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Anxiety – Are You Anxiety Aware?

Posted on 14th May 2014 by

Anxiety is one of the leading causes of mental ill health. As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2014, let’s talk about that.

Since 2000, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has been raising awareness and generating discussion about issues relating to mental health. They have campaigned around a variety of themes so far over a week each May, including loneliness and physical activity. Now it’s time for 2014’s theme – anxiety. Here’s our insight into the topic.

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Marathon runners do us proud!

Posted on 7th April 2014 by

Spending hours on your feet, stretching yourself to your physical limits, riding an emotional rollercoaster, enduring the elements – and that’s just the Impetus marathon cheer squad who are hoarse but happy today! We are incredibly proud of our three Brighton Marathon runners, who ran the course in under 4½ hours for our ASpire service for adults with Asperger Syndrome. They worked hard for months in the lead up to the big day and did an amazing job, pacing steadily and getting to the end within 5 minutes of each other. Here they are looking tired but deservedly proud.

Tom, Kev and Steve, after they collected their marathon medals

Tom, Kev and Steve, after they collected their Marathon Medals

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Asperger’s Self-Advocacy group, 25th October

Posted on 23rd October 2012 by

From Becky Heaver, Group Facilitator, Impact Advocacy Services:

The first meeting of the Asperger’s Self-Advocacy group went really well, we had ten people from across north and mid-Sussex, and have arranged the next meeting for:

Thursday 25th October, 7-9pm, at the same place The Old Post Office Resource Centre, 30-32 Station Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 9DS.

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PatientView – patient groups around the world appraise health apps

Posted on 8th October 2011 by
PatientView has distributed a report “What Do patients Think of Health Apps?”, a review by patient groups of health apps as tools for the self-management of patients medical conditions. See
It is fascinating to read of the variety of ways in which mobile phone apps can help people with many different conditions, including Asperger syndrome, epilepsy, haemophilia, hearing disorders and learning disabilities.
The report has been made available for download to those registered with PatientView, who have to respect copyright and not pass it outside their organisations.
David Botibol, Trustee

Aspire Marathon update

Posted on 27th April 2011 by

Aspire would like to say a huge thank you to Aidan Goatley, our runner in the Brighton Marathon who raised a wonderful £320.00 for the project. Unfortunately for Aidan, he was unable to complete the marathon due to injury, but did manage a respectable 13.4 miles of the course. Commiserations and congratulations to him for his efforts. His contribution has paid for a set of books called Glimpses of Aspergers written by Professor Marie Harder of Brighton University, a copy of which will be given to each of our project members to be used with their mentors as a tool to raising self-awareness of Asperger syndrome.

Consultation on services for adults with autistic spectrum conditions

Posted on 6th January 2011 by

There is a consultation opportunity for those adults with autistic spectrum conditions to pass on their views about needs and local services. An online questionnaire is available on the city council’s consultation portal at: .

The questionnaire is quite wide-ranging and includes questions about  ASpire, ASSERT, Autism Sussex and Rookery (Hove). I hope that a lot of people do express their views through this survey, and that we get to see published some interesting analysis of the responses.

Happy New Year, y’all!


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