Porchlight may be renowned for its housing services; however, the organisation also offers a range of services to support people in reaching their full potential – one of which is called Aspirations. We spoke to Cleo at Porchlight to learn more.

Who can use Aspirations? Where do you have to be located?

Aspirations is a service run in Ashford, Maidstone, Thanet, Medway and Swale, including rural areas, in addition to Uckfield (via partner SCDA).

Is it just about getting to work? What can Aspirations help with?

Aspirations is designed to help people who are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing. We are here to support people in regaining their independence and building their confidence and self-esteem. We are not here to help people into work exclusively (this is only a very small part of what we do).

We help people engage in positive activities to improve wellbeing. This can range from hobbies, social groups, interests, volunteering, training, education and employment.

Can anyone struggling with their mental wellbeing (i.e. across the spectrum of diagnosed disorders as well as non-diagnosed issues) use Aspirations?

Individuals do not have to have a diagnosis of a mental health condition to engage in Aspirations, and we deal predominantly with common mental health issues (rather than being a crisis service).

How can people find out more/talk to someone?

Access the website for further information and a self-referral form or call 0300 3435714. For Uckfield referrals, please contact ben@sussexcommunity.org.uk.

In Ashford, we have a drop-in service running from the OneYou shop on the first Friday of every month starting in November 2019.


Visit the Aspirations website to find out more and read the stories of people who have benefitted from the service.