Home Secretary backs our Aspirations scheme

21 November 2017

Amber Rudd backs our Aspirations services

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has praised a new service to improve the lives of people who are unemployed, struggling with their mental health and without any support.

The Hastings & Rye MP visited Aspirations, a mental health & wellbeing support service that people in East Sussex can turn to if they are out of work and not coping well with everyday life.

Ms Rudd spoke with Aspirations staff about how they help vulnerable people regain independence. She noted that mental health is the biggest issue for those signed off work, affecting 1 in 4 people.

She continued:  “I am sure this new support service dedicated to helping those struggling with mental health and the unemployed will be beneficial to helping people regain their confidence, feel less isolated, and find new coping strategies.  Ultimately, if Aspirations can help people back into work, volunteering or education it will be providing an invaluable service.”

We launched Aspirations in the summer. It is a Building Better Opportunities (BBO) project – jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund.

“We’re very grateful for the Secretary of State’s visit because it’s really important that MPs understand how services like ours can benefit their constituents,” said Aspirations operations manager Mark Pinkney.

“The more we work together, the greater our chances of helping some of society’s most vulnerable people when they most need it. We sincerely hope that Ms Rudd tells her Parliamentary colleagues about the work that we do and encourages them to support similar work being carried out in their constituencies.”

Aspirations helps people:

  • Manage their circumstances and mental health
  • Regain their independence
  • Get into work, volunteering or education

It is run by Porchlight, North Kent Mind, the education provider Runway Training and Sussex Community Development Association.

Contact Aspirations:

Phone - 01227 314037

Email - Aspirations@porchlight.org.uk

Big Lottery Fund, European Social Fund