The construction of actions
Responding to the changing needs of the cohort as they progress through the ASPIRE programme
The construction of the ASPIRE programme involves a selection of activities which are coherent with each other and which follow the following common thread: improving self-confidence. The articulation of the actions must allow for a support that allows the consolidation of the participants’ soft skills. For example, a cooking workshop has several objectives:
Following the focus groups (step 3 of the model), the needs of the target population were identified. There are two types of needs:
Visible needs: these are the feedback, aspirations and needs of the cohort, as mentioned during the focus groups. In this case, it is useful to propose activities that meet the expectations of the target group, but that also meet the objectives of the programme.
Ideally, a programme should consist of a core curriculum and personalised activities. The core curriculum consists of modules on the topics of mental wellbeing, nutrition and adapted physical activity.
In the core curriculum, practical knowledge is imparted, tips and examples that can easily be applied in everyday life. For example, to increase soft and active mobility, it is possible for the participants to get off one stop before the usual stop when using the bus. This common core enables operational actions to be proposed, such as the ASPIRE digital support platform and printed material on the various themes, cooking recipes, etc.
Concerning the personalised programme part, the proposals differ according to the location of the hub and the commitment of the people. For the coastal hubs, it is possible to go on outings to the sea, walks along the coastline, etc.
The beneficiaries of the programme can ask for workshops to be set up according to their interests: a workshop on music to express their emotions and experiences, to share a pleasant experience, or a theatre or improvisation course to work on public speaking. The programme can therefore be adapted to the realities of each individual. In addition, it creates strong links between the participants, who feel listened to and valued when they see their ideas being put into practice. This flexibility can lead to volunteering experiences within the support structures – participants can thus become ambassadors – as a first step towards employability. Indeed, it is interesting to share one’s volunteering experience when building one’s CV.
Invisible needs: these are currently unidentified needs that will come up over time through participation in the activities (depending on the acquisition of skills). As the programme progresses, participants’ needs evolve and become clearer. It was noted that some people need more in-depth support which requires contact with health professionals such as a psychologist to work on recurring relationship problems.
The profile of the beneficiaries
There are different types of profiles among the participants, the two main types are:
It is essential to have a designated contact person for each beneficiary. It is easier for participants to follow the programme when a relationship of trust is established. This relationship is an anchor for the success of the programme.
The aim of the workshops is to move the participants up the employability ladder.
This scale is divided into 5 main steps: