Aspire - our plans to tackle social inequality

Find out about the aims of Aspire and our plans to tackle social inequality in our borough.

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Aspire is here because we believe every person matters - this underpins all we do. We are committed with our partners to improving the lives of our residents.

Aspire is working with our diverse range of communities to strengthen the community fabric that makes Guildford a place where everyone is truly valued. We are focusing our efforts on our less advantaged communities and will continue to promote partnership solutions involving not only statutory agencies but most importantly the people who live here.

We will support communities to develop local solutions to local issues. Find out about our Community Grants Scheme which offers funding for community projects and initiatives to benefit residents in our borough.

We are determined to play our part in improving the health and well-being of our residents and to reduce social inequality. Aspire is about providing leadership, encouragement and support to all communities to build upon the talents and energy we see every day to build true communities where neighbours can rely on one another.

We will seek to empower all our communities to take an active role in the decisions that affect their lives.

Ash Parish Dementia Action Alliance

Ash Parish Dementia Action Alliance launch. In the photo: Deputy Mayor Councillor Mike Parsons, Councillor Iseult Roche, the community wardens, local residents and GP's from a local surgery
The Ash Parish Dementia Action Alliance received a grant from Aspire to help with their launch. Two of our community wardens sit on the steering group and take an active role within the Alliance. The launch on 19 May 2017 was attended by over 40 people, including children from Ash Walsh Junior School and 15 stall holders including the British Heart Foundation, Surrey Patient Transport Service and the Surrey Fire Service.

Councillor Iseult Roche says 'the Ash Parish Dementia Action Alliance is a very worthy cause and it's lovely to see many different areas of the community come together to support the steering committee in making the launch a success'.

The photo shows Deputy Mayor Councillor Mike Parsons, Councillor Iseult Roche, the community wardens, local residents and GPs from a local surgery.

Westborough Tales

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Aspire and the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre supported a programme of performance workshops at Kings College, Guildford. The workshops finished with a short play that was written and performed by the students which was entitled 'Westborough Tales'. The play was based on the experiences of, and stories from, their local community.

The photo shows Prince Edward with Councillor Iseult Roche. The prince came to watch rehearsals for Westborough Tales while on a visit to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

Hearts for the Arts award

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Aspire was nominated for a Hearts for the Arts award for Best Local Authority Arts Projects encouraging community cohesion. This award recognises councils who go above and beyond to put arts at the heart of communities.

Councillor Iseult Roche says "Community is about so much more than who you happen to live next door to... and far more about a sense of belonging and understanding local needs and what we can do to make things better. We are delighted Aspire has been recognised and considered for such a prestigious award."

Aspire Community Grants Scheme

The Aspire Community Grants Scheme offers funding for community projects and initiatives that benefit local residents.

Guildford Family Support Programme

The Guildford Family Support Team Programme brings together a range of professionals to support vulnerable families.


Careline is a 24-hour emergency call system, helping people live independently in their own home, safe in the knowledge that help is at hand at the touch of a button.

Cathedral View Transformation

The University of Surrey, along with north Guildford Community Wardens and local residents, have transformed a disused drying area in Cathedral View into a community asset.

Repair Café

Learn to repair your broken items for free at the Guildford Repair Café.