Arts & Crafts
ASKI provides accredited classes in Floristry and Garment Construction the sessions are open to all. The classes provided an opportunity for people to learn new skills, make friends and reduce social isolation. The arts are effective at connecting isolated and lonely older people with the wider community, embracing different generations; There is good evidence that the arts have a positive impact on the physical and mental well-being of older people, including those living with dementia.
Engage to Change
Funded by the Sutton Fund the project will support 20 people from a range of BMER communities living in Sutton to undertake an Open College Network course in Health and Social Care. Participants will undertake 10 days training along with submitting a portfolio of their work. Participants will be referred to Job Center Plus and a range of agencies so that they can find long term employment.
Health and Well-being
Our recent celebration event which included awarding certificates to people in Health and Social Care
ASKI Health and Well-being programme encompasses regular weekly classes for people 50+. The sessions engage older people in high quality Well-being activities and extend performance opportunities to older people throughout the year. Our programme for older people and for people with Dementia primarily focuses on enjoying artistic and creative activities. Weekly classes in accessible community centres and day care settings enhance participants’ day-to-day quality of life, and improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing.
A Lottery Reaching Communities funded Employability programme which works with long term unemployed 50+.
ASKI targets JSA customers who have been registered unemployed for 4 + years.
Each participant will receive:
- Employability and skills focused training
- Job search and support activities
- Employability assessment
- S.M.A.R.T Action planning
- Extensive 1-2-1 I.A.G support
- Training on Motivation, confidence, behavior and well-being, employability skills especially 1-2-1 assistance and support with completing CVs, applications and interview preparation.
- IT, Computer and internet training with modules focusing on on-line job search
- Work trials, work experience and volunteer placements will be provided in placements such as Administration, Retail, Customer Services, Finance, Media, Health and Fitness; Health and Social Care and Garment Construction.
ASKI is delighted to have entered into a new partnership with Wandle. The work will support people from Croydon living in Wandle Housing stock who wish to undertake training to move into employment. ASKI has a history of working and supporting people into employment with a mixture of 1-1 and group work. ASKI is an accredited OCN Centre and we will be able to provide people with not only high quality training but also a recognised qualification that employers will welcome. This is ASKI’s first contract with a Housing provider and our experience of working with employers and charities in Croydon and surrounding Boroughs will allow us to be able to signpost people to additional support they may require to enter the job market.
Dance Yourself Fit
A.S.K.I. has been funded by Sports England to deliver regular exercise classes to people 50+ the project came about following consultation with people in the Borough who wanted to take part in regular exercise but did not want to do it in a gym. The sessions take the form of a gentle warm up, choreography to music and the sessions are a great deal of fun. The classes not only get people fit but also provide people with a chance to reduce their isolation and make new friends. The classes are open to all and people can come very week or when they can.
Sports England evaluation 2017
Place at MyTable
Our lunch club takes place on the 1st Wednesday of Each Month between 11.00am and 2.00pm. Everyone over the age of 50 is invited to enjoy a two course lunch. Come along and you will get a warm welcome. Ring us for more information or to let us know you will be coming along. We also have guest speakers, demonstrations and updates of upcoming events. We are constantly looking for people to speak at our events so if you have a hobby you wish to share please contact Joseph.
London Sport Brenda’s Story
ASKI was invited to take part in a unique new project with London Sport and Chocolate Film in 2017. The project concentrated on Brenda Collins a member of ASKI who takes part in Sport on a weekly basis in the short film Brenda describes her involvement with sport and how it has improved her health and reduced her isolation. ASKI wishes to thank Kieran Connolly (London Sport) for all his support and advice in growing Sport and sport in engagement at ASKI