Aspens’ Donkeys are in Their New Home!

Thanks to our supporters' generous donations, Katie, Bertha, Gabriel and Sabine have moved to their wonderful new stable and paddocks and the people we support are now able to stop by to say hello and spend time with them. Read more

Thank You to Companies Who Donated Prizes for Our Raffle

Thank you to all the companies who so generously donated fantastic prizes for our Merry Quizmas Raffle. With their help we raised an amazing £8585 for our Christmas Appeal! Read more

Listen to our Interview on BBC Radio Sussex on Wage and Investment Boost for Staff

Aspens is featured as the main local news story on BBC Radio Sussex this morning, with an interview with our CEO Robbie Shanahan about our recent announcement on our increased pay rates and investment in our workforce in a drive to encourage sustainable careers at Aspens. Listen here. Read more

Aspens Announces Boost to Staff Pay to Provide Sustainable Careers

We are delighted to announce that we will be providing a substantial boost to our employees this year in a bid to recognise their skills and commitment and provide sustainable careers; with an increase in pay rates and investment in learning and development. Read more

Great Offers in all our Stores this January!

Pop into our stores in Bexhill, Crowborough, Hampden Park, Paddock Wood and Seaford this month and pick up a bargain in our January sales! Read more

Bluebell Cafe Temporarily Closed

The Bluebell Cafe at our Pembury site is closed until further notice in light of the current COVID-19 situation. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Read more

Support Aspens by Becoming a Regular Giver

Start the new year with a pledge to help us in our mission to provide high quality care and support to people on the autism spectrum and with learning disabilities. Read more

Digital Resources for Young People for the Festive Period

Resources and information for young people from the team at e-wellbeing to provide support over the festive period. Read more

Aspens Plays Pivotal Role in New School Autism Project

Our family and specialist support team is part of an exciting new national Autism Schools Project team set up to improve the school experience of autistic pupils and drive new and innovative measures. The project will work to encourage cultural change within schools, promoting positive autism support and practice. Read more

COVID-19 Update

Following the government announcements over the weekend, we summarise the key changes to COVID guidance that are relevant to Aspens. Read more

Listen to our Interview on BBC Radio Sussex!

Aspens' Richard Anstead speaks with Allison Ferns about our Christmas Appeal, 'Give Someone We Support Their Christmas Wish'. Listen here and find details of how you can support our appeal this Christmas. Read more

BBC Radio Sussex Interview - Support our Christmas Appeal

We're being featured on BBC Radio Sussex talking about our Christmas Appeal - 'Give Someone We Support their Christmas Wish' this morning. Find out how to donate here. Read more

Merry Quizmas 2021

A huge thanks to all who joined us for our virtual ‘Merry Quizmas’ last night! The evening was great fun and it was wonderful to see so many familiar and new faces taking part and supporting the event which was raising funds for our Christmas Appeal. Read more

Finding Out You Are Autistic Later in Life - A Parent's Story

With recent media coverage of TV personalities Christine McGuinness and Melanie Sykes being diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum relatively late in life, we talk to a parent who is supported by Aspens about exploring the possibility that she may be autistic, following her son's diagnosis, and how it has impacted her life. Read more

Christmas Opening Hours- The Bluebell Cafe and Aspens stores

View the opening hours for The Bluebell Cafe and our high street stores over the Christmas period. Read more

Read our Annual Impact Report

We're delighted to share our first ever Annual Impact Report. The Report tells the story of the challenging year of 2020-2021, highlighting the resilience of our dedicated team and how the outstanding support they provided has impacted the lives of the people we care for. Read more

Aspens' Team Response to NAS School Report Survey

Simon Cannon, Behaviour Support Specialist for Aspens' Family and Specialist Support Services, discusses the findings of the National Autistic Society's School Report Survey and the work the team is doing to improve the school experience for autistic pupils. Read more

Join our Hampden Park Team for Christmas Shopping Event

Come and our join our Hampden Park store team for some late night Christmas shopping at The Broadway United Church this Saturday evening! Read more

BBC Radio Sussex Interview with Robbie Shanahan

Listen our CEO Robbie Shanahan being interviewed on the Mark Carter breakfast show on BBC Radio Sussex (Saturday 20 November) about the challenges the social care sector is facing in terms of staffing and why he has written to funders to appeal for support for long-term solutions to this issue. Read more

Support our Christmas Appeal

We're asking for your help to make the Christmas wishes of the people we support come true this year by giving them the gift of a special activity, outing or trip to enjoy. Read more

Aspens is on BBC South East News

View Aspens on BBC South East TV news in a report on the recruiting and retaining of social care staff. Read more

All Christmas Trees now Half Price!

It's the last few days to get your Christmas tree from Aspens and all are now half price! Buy your tree from us and support our work providing high quality care to people on the autism spectrum and with learning disabilities. Read more

First In-Person Gathering for Aspens' Social Group

The 'Professionals' social group had their first in-person meet up since lockdown this week and enjoyed a brilliant evening out at the pub having a meal and a drink together. Read more

CEO Robbie Shanahan Appeals for Urgent Support to Manage Impact of Covid on Staffing

Our CEO Robbie Shanahan has written a letter to local authorities, councillors and funders asking for urgent help in recruiting and retaining our frontline keyworkers who provide vital care and support to people with learning disabilities and on the autism spectrum. Read more