Connecting Choices Case Studies

Some of the participants that we have supported to break down barriers

Success and Progression

We work with a number of partners across Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and Newcastle-under-Lyme to support those furthest from the job market to break down barriers and open up opportunities into training, education, volunteering and work.

If you’re a local organisation with opportunities for training, volunteering or work our Engagement Team provides a free service of skills-matching our participants to your needs. Find out more on our page of employers.

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Ryan: I feel that the Connecting Choices programme has had a real impact on my life

Ryan is a participant on the Connecting Choices programme who had not been in employment for four years and suffered from low confidence after being made redundant. With the help of the Connecting Choices programme and partner charity 'Achieve Training' Ryan has successfully secured a new career and overcome his barriers of low confidence.
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Kylie: An encouraging stepping stone to make life better

Kylie is a participant on the Connecting Choices programme who faced mental health issues and has a fear of men which resulted in low self-esteem and confidence. The Connecting Choices programme has given Kylie the confidence to seek work and progress into a volunteer role.

Joshua: An ex-offender changing his life through lockdown

Just released from prison and with no qualifications, Joshua was finding it difficult to move into employment. Since joining the Connecting Choices programme Joshua has been supported by partner charity Change, Grow, Live where he is on track gaining qualifications and getting ready to start his new career.

Jason: From struggling with anxiety and low skills to a job he loves

Jason faced barriers of homelessness and struggled with his anxiety, confidence and low skills. He found the Connecting Choices programme, where Sonia from partner YMCA saw his potential, identified transferable skills, and boosted his self-belief – now Simon is happy and in a job he loves!

Joanna: Anxiety and depression meant my life was on hold

Joanna's life was on hold until she joined the Connecting Choices programme in Stoke-on-Trent, where with support from partner charity YMCA she has built up her confidence, is no longer socially isolated and is actively applying for jobs.

Darren: From multiple setbacks to feeling hopeful for the future

Darren had not long come out of prison, and facing setbacks was unable to find work impacting his mental health and wellbeing. Darren joined the Connecting Choices programme and is now volunteering and feels more hopeful, motivated, and determined to find employment.

Simon: from social isolation and depression to a new-found confidence

Simon was on a downward spiral from poor lifestyle choices, facing homelessness and had become withdrawn and depressed. Through attendance of a local Social Hub he was introduced to the Connecting Choices programme and started working with his work coach Alex - and he now values his life, has a newfound confidence and is looking forward to his future!


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