The Connecting Choices ESF-funded project aims to provide holistic support for disadvantaged people who are not in work.

The project aims to:

  • Improve social inclusion
  • Improve employability skills to enable people to take up employment
  • Improve the take up of vocational learning including apprenticeships
  • Increase levels of work experience and volunteering
  • Improve confidence and self-esteem
  • Improve levels of digital engagement to access services and employment opportunities
  • Improve financial capacity and money management skills
  • Improve access to childcare

Areas covered:

  • Newcastle-under-Lyme Town
  • Chesterton
  • Holditch
  • Silverdale
  • Parksite
  • Cross Heath

The project will work with unemployed and/or economically inactive people:

  • Unemployed is those who are claiming JSA or UC (AWRR Group)
  • Inactive (economically inactive- are those who are claiming ESA, IS, UC (WFI or Work Prep Group), Carer’s Allowance or not in receipt of benefits

Connecting Choices Personal Coaches can offer:

  • 1:1 and group Coaching
  • Training
  • Digital skills
  • Job Search
  • Personal development
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Financial inclusion
  • Self-employment
  • Signposting/advocacy with existing services
  • Volunteering and work placements
  • Into-work transition

Contact the Employment & Skills Team below:

  • Sharon Knight – Personal Coach –  07818 037284
  • Denise Daniels – Personal Coach – 07717 291164
  • Email