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
  • Kidsgrove

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
  • Gary McNally – Personal Coach
  • Lisa Tien – Personal Coach – 07818035633
  • Kay Cleary – Personal Coach – 07717291164
This project has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regeneration.