We have developed a contingency plan to ensure continued delivery and assessment of our QQI accredited New Futures Employability Programme during the Covid-19 crisis. You can read it here.

Employability Programmes

The One Family Programmes Service provides adult education and training to people parenting alone or sharing parenting. The service aims to develop and provide a range of best practice programmes that empower people to take the next steps into education or work.

Our free education programmes – New Steps  and New Futures will give you the confidence, skills and support you need to progress to education and employment. All participants will have access to regular one to one support from their key worker.

We understand the experience of parenting alone and sharing parenting and how challenging it can be to move back into education or find fulfilling employment. Our Career Planning and Personal Development programmes have been designed for lone parents who want to return to or begin education and work but are not sure where to start.

One Family’s employability and education programmes are part supported by funding received under the Gender Equality Activity of the European Social Fund (ESF) Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020 (‘PEIL’). The Gender Equality Activity aims to promote social inclusion and combat discrimination in the labour market. Our programmes over the next two years will be focussed on women returning to education or the workforce.

In 2019 the New Futures project won the Special Recognition STAR Award for an ESF Initiative for making an outstanding contribution to adult learning. The STAR Awards are an initiative by AONTAS as part of the annual Adult Learners’ Festival to acknowledge the fantastic work undertaken by adult learning initiatives throughout Ireland.

Have you received a text message from the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection about our New Futures programmes? The Department are assisting us to reach lone parents that might be interested in getting support to get back to education or work. For more information please click on the links above.

Hear from past participants.

One Family New Futures Stories are the experiences of some of the lone parents who took part in our courses, in their own words.