Free online training for your staff, carers and volunteers 

Skills such as communication, digital literacy and employability are essential to help adults with learning disabilities thrive in work and life.

And thanks to Covid-19, the importance of building new skills has increased due to rising unemployment, increasing reliance on technology and remote working.

But we know, that when it comes to skills training, people with learning disabilities face many barriers such as low self-belief, taking longer to learn and difficulties with interacting with others. They need one-to-one teaching support tailored just for them. Aspire can help.

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How Aspire can help

Aspire will train your staff, volunteers and carers as mentors, or Champions, as we like to call them. Through our online learning, they’ll build their knowledge, confidence and teaching techniques to help adults with learning disabilities find their potential and find their chance to shine. 

We’ve worked with experts, Mencap and Rix, to create flexible, interactive and bite-sized e-learning that you’ll get, for free.

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As part of Aspire you will:

1. Have access to a collection of online courses that show people how to:

  • help an adult with learning disabilities build their digital and vocational skills
  • improve someone's confidence and address their anxieties
  • find the right work or volunteering opportunities for people with learning disabilities

2. Benefit from a highly accessible teaching resource on using Zoom, an essential tool in helping people to connect socially and for work.

  • Designed by people with learning disabilities, for people with learning disabilities, this is an interactive and easy to follow teaching tool that can be shared with people outside of the Aspire programme.

3. Have the chance to shape your organisation’s own skills needs. As this is a pilot, you can tell us how Aspire could help your organisation in the future, both for your staff and volunteers and adults with learning disabilities. Plus you and your Champions will be part of the Aspire community, where everyone will share ideas and experiences on helping others.

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So, are you in?

To register your interest in Aspire just complete this short application form. We’ll come back to you within three working days to talk through the next steps.

Initially, getting involved will simply mean nominating a handful of people who would:

  • benefit from this new training and support between now and 31st March 2021 and
  • be willing to give regular feedback on their experience as an Aspire Champion. 

Then we’ll do the rest.

If you have any questions before you complete the form. email Aspire’s Programme Lead, Kathy Valdes on

Register to participate in Aspire