Supporting individuals & not-for-profit organisations to reach their full potential.

Our Promise as Directors

Established in February 2013. the overall Aim of the Company is to ‘Support individuals and not for profit organisations to reach their full potential’

We promise to achieve this by:

Supporting Individuals through Information, Advice and Guidance, Personal Development Programs, One to One Support, Employment Support, Enterprise Support and IT Training
Supporting Not for Profit Organisations through Staff Training and Development, Completion of Funding Applications, IT Support, Business Support

We will continue to respond to a local need for specialised coaching and support. We over a unique bespoke service and will continue to represent clients from the following marginalised groups:

  • Young people not in education, employment or training including those with offending behaviour
  • Women facing adversity including women experiencing domestic violence and homelessness
  • Older people including sufferers of dementia
  • Adults who have a disability
  • Adults with Asperger/Autism
  • People experiencing long term unemployment, poverty, low aspirations, low confidence and self esteem.

We promise to deliver information, advice and guidance using a person centred approach and treat all individuals with the respect and high quality of service that they expect and deserve from our organisation or any associate representing us.

Our Funders are very important to us and as a small organisation, without their support and the confidence they have shown in our abilities we would not be able to continue our work. 

A special thank you to:  DMBC Innovation Fund, Adult & Family Community Learning, Tinder Foundation & Tinder Research Partnership, Evans Cornish Foundation and Sanctuary Housing who are our current funders for 2015 - 2016

Sue feels that her ability to demonstrate patience and commitment to those with a desire to learn and be the best they can offer allows her to support clients who engage with Aspiring2.

Over the last 25 years Sue has simultaneously balanced her home life, career and run her own business ventures from card, gift and craft shops to IT Training and until recently a co-owner of a family run day care centre for the elderly. Combating isolation and encouraging social interaction is an important part of everything we strive to achieve for our clients at Aspiring2 regardless of age.

Sue firmly believes that listening, talking, sharing hopes and dreams, demonstrating a desire to learn, accessing support through an organisation that cares will always produce a positive outcome. Having a belief in our clients abilities will always transcend into them believing in themselves.

Sue Oxley is one of the Directors of Aspiring2 whose career started in the early 1970's as a computer operator and progressed through corporate development working for large multi-national organisations culminating in roles such as Area Management and Regional Training Manager.  

6 years ago after being made redundant Sue had the opportunity to completely change her career path and joined Doncaster West Development Trust where she has gained experience working closely with marginalised communities.  Sue attributes her determination to support individuals within the community to the corporate and business training she gained over the expanse of her career in the field of commerce.  

                                Nicky Birkinshaw is one of the Directors of Aspiring2. Nicky began her career in the                                   1980s as a Jobclub Leader and Restart Tutor in Sheffield, supporting individuals,                                       mostly redundant steel workers, back into employment. Nicky then worked for                                         a period of twelve years at YWCA as Project Worker and latterly Support                                                   Services Manager.

                                As well as working for Aspiring2, Nicky provides business development support                                         and financial management for a large national charity. Nicky has also run her                                           own businesses for many years and has supported many others to set up                                                 their own small enterprises.

Nicky attributes her success to having the ability to engage with the most ‘hard to reach’ individuals. She is passionate about supporting individuals to make positive changes in their lives and works in an empathetic, non judgemental way.

Nicky was the founder of Women in Supported Housing and also established Altogether4Autism – a charity which provides social activities for adults on the autism spectrum. Nicky is also a Trustee at East Doncaster Development Trust in Dunscroft..