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Choices can help if you:

  • would like to get a job or prepare to get a job

  • need support to develop skills to improve your employability and increase your job opportunities

  • need support to identify and address issues and barriers which are preventing you from getting a job (such as low expectations and aspirations; lack of confidence and self-esteem; mental health and well being issues; debt and finance; drug and alcohol abuse; relationship breakdown and family issues etc.)

The project offers a range of support, tailored to your needs. On average we would expect you to spend between six and 12 months working with us.

Choices can offer:
Employment training

  • interview skills; CV writing; career guidance and planning; job search; information on the local labour market; communication and problem solving skills; teamwork; skills awareness and sector specific training

  • help with finding work or volunteering opportunities, including support to fill in application forms and attend interviews or volunteering meetings

  • ongoing support when you are in work/volunteering.

Self development
Sessions to develop confidence, self-esteem, assertiveness, motivation, self-efficacy, resilience.


Skills training

  • qualifications including IT skills, social care certificates, first aid etc.

  • referral to specialist learning provision e.g. maths and English, NVQ qualifications.

Referral to other support
We can put you in touch with specialist support services such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, NHS Talking Changes, Children’s centres, credit unions etc


One-to-one support
You will receive intensive one-to-one support, mentoring, advocacy to help you achieve your goals.


Help with travel and childcare costs

We will support you to attend project appointments, activities or job interviews etc.

Is it for me?

To take part you must be:

  • unemployed for more than one year

  • living in Darlington

  • over 17 years old and

  • not in full time education

Find out more

Fill in our referral form (for yourself or someone you know), call us on 01325 387700
or email

Funding details

The Choices project is funded by The Henry Smith Charity, through the Community Foundation serving Tyne and Wear and Northumberland and Morrison Trust. The project is funded up to the end of June 2021.