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  • What we do:
    Support people with spinal cord injury from injury to independnance
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    • Aspire, Wood Lane, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA74AP
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About Aspire

Aspire are a national spinal injury charity providing practical solutions for people living with spinal cord injuries.

Every eight hours someone is paralysed by a spinal cord injury; it can happen to anyone, at any time, and no one is prepared for how it will change their life. Aspire exists because there is currently no cure.

Founded in 1982 around the kitchen table of Shannie Ross’ home in Hampstead, north west London, Aspire has been helping people with spinal injury for more than 25 years.

Through its projects and programmes, Aspire offers practical support to the 40,000 people currently living with a spinal cord injury in the UK, so they can lead fulfilled and independent lives.

Services include access to grants, housing, advice and assistive technology.

Today, the charity is based in Stanmore and led by Chief Executive Brian Carlin, who joined in 2001.

What is it like to work for Aspire

Brian Carlin, their Chief Executive Officer, has an open-door policy and regularly uses the facilities at their leisure centre, which means he frequently engages with leisure staff. Brian also runs a staff spinning class and encourages staff to attend.
Their Chief Executive Officer Brian Carlin runs a weekly spinning class for employees. All staff are encouraged to use the leisure facilities provided on site. In addition, staff sports sessions are organised every Friday on a drop-in basis.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
To help their members of staff to give back, the company permit employees who have five years of service or more to apply for two paid days per annum to volunteer for another charity or community organisation.

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