Connecting Choices
Supporting women into employment

Supporting women to break down barriers

Our Connecting Choices programme supports its participants by opening doors to opportunity and breaking down barriers into training, education, volunteering and work in Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-Under-Lyme and the Staffordshire Moorlands areas.

We have launched a campaign to support economically inactive women who are under represented on our programme.

Develop Employability Skills

Development of employability skills through volunteer placements, interview skills, CV writing, development of digital skills

Person-centred support

Person-centred support that is needs-based, individual to you where you can relax and be yourself without any judgement

Social inclusion

Social inclusion through community activities, joining clubs and group activities with other participants who are breaking down barriers, online inclusion through digital skills.

Developing a positive mindset

Developing a positive mindset by helping you overcome feelings of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, low-confidence in a no-pressure environment and help you manage your money better.

Support with childcare

We also provide support with childcare to enable you to undertake initial training, education, volunteering or work.

5.09 million women aged 16-64 were economically inactive in October-December 2020, 24.5% of women in this age group. This compared to 3.57 million men aged 16-64 who were inactive."

The Connecting Choices Social Hub

Run by our specialist project partners Starfish Services Ltd, our participants have the option to join the Social Hub, which runs activities that will help them break down barriers to communicating and socialising. Currently the hubs are running virtually, but the same support and opportunities are offered to members just in a slightly different way.   Members of the social hubs have all been referred by their personal coaches in partner organisations.  They are all on the Connecting Choices project and have suffered from anxiety, social exclusion, low confidence, panic attacks, poor emotional or mental health – but together, they support and build each other’s confidence and their ability to participate in society in a meaningful way.

Some of the women we have supported to break down barriers

Kylie CC participant

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.

The Connecting Choices programme supports individuals and the local community with the help of our partner charities.


Natasha Church

Head of Service

07919 004301

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