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Volunteers Needed for our new Lifeline Project

Volunteers Needed for our new Lifeline Project

Our fabulous new Lifeline Project is looking for volunteers who would be interested in supporting our new activities around the S W Herts district.

If you would be interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Marcia, The Lifeline Project Manager on 07538 413952 or ring the office on 020 8420 1364.

ASCEND Lockdown Projects on Display at Cheslyn House

Over the past 3 weeks, the ASCEND Isolation Blanket and Emerging Project, with contributions from more than 40 people have been on display at Cheslyn House, along with an exhibition of work by the Zooming Sew & Sews, a local group led by mixed media community artist and ASCEND tutor, Sian Fenwick.

The Isolation Blanket can be seen on a video on this website (click the link on the home page).  It reflects what isolation meant to the contributors, creating these pieces during the height of the pandemic.  The emerging project, is a display of embroidery hoops, expressing how the participants felt about ’emerging’ after the worst of the pandemic.

More than 900 people visited the exhibition, including Watford Mayor Peter Taylor.  He said, ‘I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to help Sian and the Zooming Sew & Sews make this exhibition happen at Cheslyn.   Together with Watford Area Arts Forum and Sian, we are engaging residents with local art and giving them a chance to express their creativity too.’

ASCEND is now looking for other local venues to display the Isolation Blanket and The Emerging Project.   Please do contact us, if you would like to borrow them as part of an art installation in your venue.   Tel: 020 8420 1364.



Launching our NEW Lifeline Project

A big welcome to Marcia Gladwin who is the Project Manager of our new Lifeline Project.  Specifically aimed at those aged 55+, this project is all about combating loneliness and supporting people to come together and have fun, learn new skills and if appropriate, help them into employment.  The Project will also be offering a local support network for those caring for family members/ friends.  Marcia is currently in the process of putting together the first activities for this project, so if you would like to get involved, do contact her on 07538 413952 for more information.


We had a great day at our Summer Extravaganza!

A huge thank you to everyone who made our Summer Extravaganza a success, from the staff to the stall holders and volunteers who worked tirelessly to make a great day.  We also raised over £500 towards the work of ASCEND so thank you to everyone who came to visit and made it such a success.  

ASCEND Summer Extravaganza

So delighted to be launching our Summer Extravaganza on Thursday 13th July from 12.30pm to 4pm. As well as featuring our fabulous Sew Inspired Group, who have some lovely gifts for sale, our Dig deep allotment volunteers will be there with all sorts of plants and produce. We will be having a display of craft work from our Step2Skills courses as well as welcoming Craft Stalls featuring local Artists. Combined with a great raffle, refreshments and goodie bag we are looking forward to welcoming the community to a great afternoon.

Summer Enrolments Dates Announced

ASCENDs Summer programme of courses are now available to book.  Our Training Co-ordinator Jane has organised two Enrolment days at ASCEND on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th April from 10-12 noon and 1-3pm.  If you are unable to attend these sessions please ring Jane on 07483 104910 during office hours to enrol or to ask any questions about our courses.

February Warm Welcome Events Announced

As we start to see signs of Spring, our Warm Welcome is proving extremely popular with the local community. Our February Programme is now available and includes talks, outings and some fabulous dancing with Sam Quy, one of the choreographers on ‘Strictly’. All events are free of charge and for more information contact Jane Drury, our Health & Wellbeing Co-ordinator on 07483 104911.

ASCENDs New Warm Welcome

ASCEND announced today the launch of their new Warm Welcome, on Mondays and Fridays, 1pm to 3pm from 21st November 2022. Primarily aimed at those over 50, the Warm Welcome includes a varied programme of activities, talks and opportunities of catching up with friends old and new over complimentary refreshments.
The first activity on Monday 21st November will be an illustrated talk on garden design looking at both modern and historical gardens. There will an opportunity to ask questions of Garden designer Becky Whiley.
For more information contact Jane on 07483 104911 during office hours.

Support ASCENDs Adult Literacy Project

So delighted that ASCENDs Adult Literacy Project has been chosen by the Co-Op Local Community fund to be supported this year.
There are many reasons why adults experience difficulties in reading. Our project will support adults to have confidence to move forward into further training, volunteering or employment by having a volunteer reading mentor to support them. Click on this link for more information. If you are a co-op member, please choose ASCEND as your charity this year. Every time you shop at the co-op and use your members card, ASCENDs project will benefit. Thank you for your support.