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Raising Aspirations deliver a range of projects.  Here are just a few examples of our work:



Year 11 students from Wilsthorpe Community School took part in a day of Mock Interviews to help create a better understanding of the interview processes they may go through when applying for further education or employment.

Local business people took on the role of interviewers in order to give the students an experience as close to the real thing as possible.

The one-to-one interviews took the students through a range of typical questions that they might encounter at an interview.  The interviews concluded with a feedback session so the students could gain useful tips on how to tailor their approach to future interviews.


Alex Sunderland from Shirebrook at the Abraham Gariseb School
Photo 5 - Start of journey home
Photo 3 - Alex Sunderland from Shirebrook at Abraham Gariseb School
Photo 4 - Students start their Trek across the Namib Desert

On July 2016, 30 students aged 14 to 16, from six Derbyshire schools within the Bolsover district - Frederick Gent, Heritage High, Shirebrook Academy, Stubbin Wood, The Bolsover and Tibshelf Community - jetted off to Namibia on an adventure of a lifetime!

The students have all been involved in Namibia Bound, a unique programme offering opportunities for young people, who might not otherwise have a chance to participate in this kind of life changing experience. They spent two weeks in a wilderness area and learnt about other cultures, desert life and, ultimately, themselves! They undertook projects with a school in a desert community including teaching over 130 local children first aid skills under the tuition of a paramedic from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and participated in cultural exchange lessons within the school. They challenged themselves further by completing a wild trek across the Namib Desert.

“The programme has been so much more than just the expedition.  It has been a 15-month project starting with a rigorous recruitment process and then a huge fundraising task.  They have also had to exhibit commitment, adhere to a code of conduct and fulfil mandatory training to ensure they maintained their place.”

Clare Talati
Director of DEBP who co-ordinates the Namibia Bound Expedition

“The whole Namibia experience has been positive from start to finish. The process has helped my son understand that he has to work and take responsibility to achieve things and to work alongside others positively. The expedition itself has been amazing for Archie, he’s developed an understanding of different cultures and ways of life – that people can be far less fortunate than him and the things he takes for granted in everyday life. He has learned so much and gained more independence and understanding. For a child with disabilities to be included in this, I can only bestow great praise to everyone involved.”

Kevin Hazelhurst, parent of Archie Hazelhurst-Smith from Stubbin Wood School

“As a final stage of Namibia Bound five students attended the Patrons evening at the Royal Geographic Society, hosted by HRH The Duke of York, Patron in Chief of the charity since 1983.  We are extremely proud of all the students and it was fantastic to hear them talk so passionately about the positives they have all taken from their involvement in the project.”

Clare Talati
Director of DEBP who co-ordinates the Namibia Bound Expedition



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