At the heart of empathy and listening to disadvantaged communities is to aspire, to give them hope and ambition that circumstances can improve and there are individuals, organisation, agencies and a range of structures that will help them.

This essential value is a two-way approach, we who deliver services must also be aspired that we will make a difference regardless of the challenges we may think we face.  We have an opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives and the lives of their families, friends and loved ones.

We appreciate aspiration is personal and developed at a pace that is unique to the individual and there is no right or wrong pace, as each beneficiary comes with a unique set of challenges.

We also understand that aspiration can be stimulated through group work and positive association, in particular championing those who are succeeding and demonstrating it is possible, as role models.