New Steps is a free 6 week, part-time personal development programme specifically designed for those parenting alone or sharing parenting. New Steps can be taken as a stand-alone programme or as an introductory course into ourNew Futures Employability Programme. 

Classes are delivered online on Wednesday mornings from 10am-12.30pm. There are no classes during school holidays. Participants may be offered a laptop loan or help with broadband costs if needed.

Who is eligible to participate in New Steps? 

Currently the New Steps Programme is only available to selected customers of the Department of Social Protection who are parenting alone and living in the North East of Ireland. You will be contacted directly if you are eligible.

The New Steps programme is currently supported through funding received under the Employment & Social Innovation Programme (EaSI) 2014-2020, in partnership with the Department of Social Protection. In 2023 we will deliver New Steps to twenty two lone parents under this project. 

What are our future plans? 

We plan to secure further funding that will allow us to offer New Steps to lone parents nationwide. Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for further updates. 

Parents interested in participating in the programme in the future can contact Niamh directly for updates at  or call reception on 01 662 9212. 

Participants on New Steps

  • Become more confident.
  • Gain personal development skills and tools.
  • Get support and form new friendships with parents in the same situation.
  • Learn how to balance work and family life.

Wrap-Around Supports Include 

  • One to one key work support.
  • Information, counselling and parenting support (Online or by telephone).