Macauley - Cumbria Youth Alliance

12/11/19 12:06

Macauley joined the Choices Programme in July 2018. Macauley’s Key Worker helped him to identify the types of work he felt he would enjoy and supported him in sourcing a work experience placement where he could learn new skills and…

The Beacon Trip

01/11/19 11:41

The Beacon Museum tour and walk around Whitehaven Harbour, guided by our Volunteers.    

Kieren - Cumbria Youth Alliance

01/11/19 11:18

Congratulations Kieren. Kieren joined the Choices Programme in May 2018. Kieren was a participant that had positive ambitions for his future and wanted to further himself, but was unable to source the training he wanted to do in Business Management.…

Ben - Groundwork, Millom

01/11/19 11:15

Ben joined the Choices programme and was supported by our Key Worker, Andy Deacon. “Ben had made a previous attempt to go to university which hadn’t worked out for him. Joining Choices made a huge difference and has helped Ben…

Samye Ling Temple Trip

31/10/19 12:10

Another exciting trip for our participants! We travelled to Scotland to visit the Samye Ling Temple for a cultural experience. Here we were able to visit somewhere brand new and spend time engaging with other participants on the programme.

Diane - Groundwork, Millom

31/10/19 11:52

“Before joining Choices I wasn’t confident about meeting new people. I felt stuck at home. Choices organises lots of activities and with a bit of encouragement I got involved with the cooking group and the gardening. I’ve made new friends,…

Chelsea - Cumbria Youth Alliance

31/10/19 11:48

Chelsea joined the Choices programme with Cumbria Youth Alliance in February 2018. CYA work with our youngest participants in the 16-24 years age group. Chelsea was 1 of 6 participants that engaged and completed a joint programme delivered by CYA…

Tullie House and Carlisle Castle Visit

30/10/19 16:04

Our participants, Key Workers and Volunteers visited Carlisle's Tullie House to learn about local history followed by a guided tour of the Castle and Carlisle by our Volunteers.

Callum M - Cumbria Youth Alliance

30/10/19 15:20

Callum joined the Choices programme with Cumbria Youth Alliance in November 2017. He was one of ten participants that completed the Kaefer IOSH Working Safely Certification. Callum has gone on to do the Level 3 First Aid in the Work…

Wayne Wright - Groundwork, Millom

30/10/19 15:18

Wayne is one of our participants working with Key Worker, Andy Deacon, based in Millom. Wayne explains how Choices has helped him towards his goals of securing employment after being unemployed for over four years: “Choices Cumbria has been really…

Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre Trip

29/10/19 16:08

Our participants travelled to Ulverston to visit the Manjushri temple to learn about meditation and a cultural experience.

Daniel Douglas - Groundwork Millom

29/10/19 15:32

I joined Choices in August 2018 as I was looking for advice on getting employment. I was intending to start full time work but had found this difficult in the past. I had been working for myself for a couple…

Callum H - Cumbria Youth Alliance

28/10/19 16:07

Here's what Callum had to say about Choices.  “When I first attended the Choices programme with Cumbria Youth Alliance I was in a hopeless place, with no aspirations, motivation or self-worth. At first I assumed it would be another mandatory…

Gardening Project

14/06/18 16:37

Participants at Choices got green hands with this Gardening Project            

Brittany - Cumbria Youth Alliance

14/06/18 16:27

Brittany is 19, and joined CYA on the Choices programme. She then progressed on to our First Steps to Employment Programme. With Support Brittany undertook a work placement with The Citizens Advice Bureau due to an aspiration to work in…

Connor - Cumbria Youth Alliance

14/06/18 16:17

Connor is 19 and from Maryport. He has worked closely with Karen through the Choices programme and was over the moon to hear this week that he got his dream job with The Rural Payments Agency. He will be putting…

Karen - Impact

14/06/18 16:14

When Karen first came to the Choices programme, she was very nervous. Her anxiety and depression had taken over. She had lost her job due to this, and was very emotional and shaky. Karen was determined to make a change,…

Howard - Groundwork, Millom

14/06/18 16:11

Howard was one of Choices first participants, being on the programme since September 2017 he has made outstanding progress. He was new to the area when he joined Choices, so was unfamiliar with services available and had very little social…

Charlotte, Chelsea, Sophie and Danielle - Cumbria Youth Alliance

14/06/18 16:08

Charlotte, Danielle, Chelsea and Sophie all joined the programme at different times, all four young women have been facing some difficult times, including anxiety issues and depression, with specialised support and help from their Keyworker, John all the girls are…

Rachael - Impact

14/06/18 12:52

Rachael moved to Allerdale from Copeland in June last year. She had been unemployed for 9 years, and due to the change in area, she had to move from Legacy benefits onto universal credit. Rachael received support to budget, manage…

Grace - Groundwork, Workington

15/02/18 11:03

Grace was invited to join Choices through our partner, West Cumbria Carers. “I vividly recall receiving that letter introducing me to the Choices initiative and inviting me to take part. I had no idea where partnering with Choices might lead…