BLENHEIM Palace is joining forces with employment charity Aspire to provide classes and activities for people facing multiple challenges.

Aspire Oxford is to run a series of sport and activity social inclusion programmes at the Woodstock stately home. Aspire helps vulnerable people facing homelessness, poverty and disadvantage to find employment and housing.

The project is part of a series of initiatives being launched by Blenheim as part of its new land strategy programme.

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Blenheim Estate’s Roy Cox said: “One of our key goals is to support projects which enhance the health and wellbeing of our communities and develop our ‘social licence to operate’.

"Working with Aspire will allow us to share this magnificent estate with groups of vulnerable people.

"This won’t just benefit them, it will also have a positive, long-term effect for the entire local community.”

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Established in 2001, Aspire has been tackling the most complex social issues in Oxfordshire for over 18 years.

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The charity aims to support vulnerable local people into and towards employment and housing, as the most powerful way to break the complex cycles of homelessness, re-offending and poverty.

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Paul Roberts, CEO at Aspire Oxford, said: “We work with councils and companies who take their social responsibility seriously. "A big part of our job is to support people who are facing disadvantage to raise their aspirations.

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"As part of the new partnership, Aspire will make use of the Blenheim Estate to deliver sports activities including orienteering, yoga, rounders, wellbeing walks and fishing for small groups of people."