Personal Development and Career Planning with Support

New Futures is a free 24 week, part-time personal & career development programme specifically designed for those parenting alone or sharing parenting and is accredited at QQI Level 4 in Personal & Interpersonal Development and Career Planning.  This course is designed for those on the Job Seeker’s Transition Payment (JST) or the One Parent Family Payment (OFP) but do get in touch if you receive other payments (or none) and we will assess your eligibility for the programme.

At least 80% of New Futures participant progress to further education and employment after course completion each year.


The upcoming New Futures Programme is expected to commence in October 2020 and will run until May 2021, no classes during school holidays. Classes meet twice per week on Monday & Tuesday mornings via Zoom initially.


Classes normally take place in our premises at 8 Coke Lane, Smithfield, Dublin 7. However, due to current public health guidelines, we will use a blended learning approach using both Zoom and our online learning platform with some face to face delivery in smaller groups.

How to apply

Parents interested in participating in the programme can contact Niamh directly by emailing  or call reception on 01 662 9212.

Join it to

  • Discover what careers or education courses suit you.
  • Become more confident.
  • Get support from, and form new friendships with, parents in the same situation as you.
  • Learn how to balance work and family life.
  • Improve your CV & Interview Skills.

As part of the programme, the following supports are available

  • One to one support
  • Information, counselling and parenting support (Online or by telephone)
  • Travel costs (up to €3 per day)
  • Limited onsite childcare available and small subsidies may be available towards childcare costs

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