Chelmsford resident Michelle used her Aspire Award to help fund her dream of training as a counsellor.


The funding will help pay towards Michelle’s course costs – a Level 3 Certificate in counselling studies, based in Southend.

It was after she received counselling herself, following her father’s death five years ago, that Michelle decided she wanted to become a counsellor. With so many people suffering from mental health issues, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, as a trained counsellor Michelle aims to provide help and support to those that really need it.

Wanting to make a difference

Commenting on her award, 41-year-old Michelle said: “I am thrilled to have received this award from The Guinness Partnership which will help me pay for my counselling course. Receiving the Aspire funding means so much to me. It will really help me make a difference to other people’s lives through the counselling work I do in the future.”

How to apply for an Aspire Award

You can apply for an award by completing an application form. You’ll need to let us know exactly what you want the funding for, so make sure you’ve found the course you want to complete, how much the equipment you need will be, or what your community project will cost.

Click here to apply for an Aspire Award.