Mrs Marion Black

Charity details

Aspire Support Learn (ASL)

ASL was established in February 2017, I felt there was a lack of opportunity and choice in Harlow for young adults with learning and physical disabilities in a day care setting and employment opportunities.

So in the summer of 2016 I held a summer club along with my friend Andy to gage interest and to see if this service was needed and it was proven in the first week it was, so we officially opened in February 2017. We started off with two clients attending over a 2/3 day period however it wasn’t long before we had more young adults joining ASL on a more permanent basis so we moved from the temporary accommodation we were in to David Livingstone Church where we were able to open 5 days a week, to date we have 18 young adults attending our service.

We run a day service which also includes an inclusive drama group and ASL also has a Tea Room which is open to the public offering work based training and a pathway to paid employment.

There is also a huge social aspect to ASL outside of our opening times, we have created an extended family to all those who attend and it has changed lots of people’s lives in so many ways. There is so much happiness and a feeling of belonging in the local community and I intend to increase our services to more young adults and carry on making the difference.

Michelle Tohill

Founder & CEO

ASL Aspire Support Learn CIC

Messages of condolence

From Alix Lionel Susan and John

Mr Lionel Oddy

In memory of Auntie Marion

Mr Graham Betts

To Isobel, Antony, Lydia, Edward, Verity and the rest of the family Very sorry about the passing of your amazing Mum and Grandmother. She certainly was a great character and your tributes to her at the funeral service were wonderful. I am sure she would have been very proud and pleased! Love and best wishes from Kate, Mick, Jamie, Sarah and Matthew xxxx

Mrs Kate Jones

Marion was a lovely lady will be greatly missed

Mr Michael Coates

In loving memory of "Auntie" Marion. You knew when she entered a room, she was the most kindest, formidable & forthright person I have ever known. If you cut her in half the word lady would have been written throughout her entire body. Although many miles seem to have restricted our visits my short time spent with her was priceless. She always made me feel loved and included and I will miss her and my letter writing dearly. Like the family, I will take comfort knowing that she is finally reunited with her loving husband Basil. Martin xxx

Mr Martin McArdle

Auntie Marion, she was great! Michelle, Chris and family xx

Mrs Michelle Sheehan

Distance has meant we have not been able to get together as much as we would have like but we Woods will indeed greatly miss Marion and Basil. We were touched by contribution to the Service by Verity, by Ed, and of course Isobel gets everything right about her mum. Much love from Derek, Katie and Lucy

Mr Rupert Wood

Service details

Celebration of a Life

13 April, 2023 12:30

Parndon Wood Crematorium

Parndon Wood Road, Harlow, CM19 4SF