Connecting Choices              National Lottery Funded and European Social Fund

Brighter Futures are pleased to be part of the Connecting Choices Project funded by the Big Lottery and ESF, to provide digital and financial support and courses in Money Management and ICT to adults out of work.

We aim to support those facing personal obstacles who are looking to progress into employment, training, volunteering or education.

What we offer:

Support will be offered on a 1:1 basis and could be one-off contact or contact over several sessions depending on the complexity of each individual and/or their needs. We are a specialist provider and will work with Connecting Choices partner organisations (end-to-end providers) to ensure each person is offered the course and support to best suit them.

Our training is developed to help people with multiple needs such as those facing mental health issues to manage their money better or learn more about computing and information technology (ICT).

About our courses:

Brighter Futures Academy Money Management Course

Key subjects covered include:

  • Selecting an appropriate bank account
  • Budgeting skills
  • Paying Bills – online and face to face
  • Working with loans and debt

Brighter Futures Academy Every Day ICT Course

Key subjects covered include:

  • Switch on and get going!
  • Setting up and managing emails
  • Creating basic documents using Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Using social media
  • Staying safe online
  • Using ICT to make your life easier

Brighter Futures Financial Inclusion Support:

Subjects covered include:

  • Budgeting
  • Benefit applications
  • Attend appointments
  • Financial support for employability

Brighter Futures Debt Support:

Subjects may include:

  • Money management advice
  • Advocacy with landlords relating to rent arrears
  • Help to apply for grants to pay off debts
  • Support people through the court process

Brighter Futures Digital Inclusion support:

Subjects include:

  • Sourcing the correct IT and Internet package for your needs
  • Help to set up privacy settings
  • Your mobile, the Internet and avoiding hidden costs
  • Helping people to set up their computer/phone calendar to organise their time

These courses and support will enable individuals to:

  • Manage their money better
  • Have a bank account that is appropriate to their needs
  • Know how to stay safe online
  • Understand how to communicate with their key service providers using the Internet and personal accounts
  • Reduce their debt
  • Know where to go for help

Where are these courses and support offered?

We hold these courses at:

  • Community venues
  • Partner premises
  • Brighter Futures Academy (Hanley)

If you’re a service provider keen to find out more about how we can support your customers, or are an individual interested in the courses or support we can offer you, give us a call or send us an email.


Nicola Howell
Bob Booth

Tel: 01782 406000