Choices is a Community Interest Company dedicated to changing the lives of people in our community. We have a holistic approach in tackling social and economic issues that affect the well being of our clients.
Our volunteering opportunities lead to employment for people that statutory agencies may find difficult to work with.
We offer an effective method of life and career coaching as well as addressing housing, homelessness, benefits, employment and other social issues.
Young people, especially those at risk of exclusion from school, not in education, employment or training (NEET) are encouraged to attend our programmes that provide information, advice and guidance, life skills, confidence building sessions and mentoring as well as fun projects.
Choices is also part of the Online Centres Network made up of over 5,000 grassroots organisations Brought together by Good Things Foundation. We are all working to tackle digital and social exclusion by providing people with the skills and confidence they need to access digital technology.
LATEST NEWS & EVENTS
We are looking for Afro-Caribbean Islington residents to be a part of a dynamic team to help establish an Afro-Caribbean organisation in Islington for advice and representation focusing initially on education and exclusion, employment, financial exclusion, and the criminal justice system.
If you are interested, please contact Sheri Lawal on 02072816428 or at [email protected]
2. Cultural Food Co-operative
Choices run a Cultural Food Co-operative where local residents pay a membership fee of £5 in return for £20 - £25 worth of Afro-Caribbean foods. The Co-operative takes place every first Saturday of the month at 2pm at Caxton House Community Centre.
If you are on low or no income, please contact us to join the membership at: [email protected].
3. Anti Knife Crime Tournament
An Arsenal and Choices run football tournament with support from MET police Safer Schools Officers took place in October. Young people from Islington and Camden schools participated in the tournament and was a good opportunity for us to have informal talks with the young people about knife crime during the matches.
Everyone received an award for attending and exceptional players and winners of competitions received further gifts.
4. Clothes Donation
Do you have any good quality second hand clothes that you would like to donate for a good cause?
Please contact us on 02072816428 to arrange collection.
COVID- 19 UPDATE - YOUR COMMUNITY AND YOU
Due to Covid restrictions you will need to book an appointment prior to attending the office
The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has changed the way we go about our day to day lives and has been a challenging time for our communities in Islington. We would like to hear from the Afro-Caribbean communities so please contact us at: [email protected]
Due to the recent advice from the government, our one to one sessions will not be a booked appointment .
We feel this is the responsible thing to do given that the current guidance from central government is for all people to reduce social contact in the community. Some of the most regular users of our service are older or vulnerable and we need to take extra care to keep everyone safe, so we have made appropriate changes to the services we are delivering in line with government health advice.
We recognise that these are incredibly challenging times, but we are still here to assist you through our "Hope For Our Community" project, supported by the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.
Islington Council and Good Things Foundation have continued to fund us and helped us provide the local community with digital equipment and free WIFI to those that don't have access as well as Counselling Services.
- Are you feeling isolated or feeling lonely or just want a friendly voice to speak to
- Need our support with African/Caribbean foods and provisions
We can provide one to one counselling, group talk therapies and "Walk and Talk" so you can exercise and talk safely.
Please call us on 07391 056 966 and leave your name and number and we will call you back.
"THE COMMUNITY IS OUR FOUNDATION
IT'S NEEDS ARE OUR AIMS
IT'S SUPPORT IS OUR MISSION
IT'S DEVELOPMENT IS OUR ACHIEVEMENT
IT'S EMPOWERMENT IS OUR SUCCESS"
- EVENTS & PROJECTS -
- Universal Credit will replace several benefits including Child Tax Credit,Housing Benefit, Income Support, Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Working Tax Credit, Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
+ Initial claims for Universal Credit are made and managed online.
+ Unsure if this affects you?
+ Need help filling out the application?
+ Want 1-1 support? - Contact us
IT and Digital Support
Choices are a registered UK Online Centre providing public access to computers and the internet. We deliver a community-driven employability support programme providing a holistic solution to the unique needs of our most marginalised communities. It supports individuals through key transition points and helps prepare them for change. It also focuses on helping clients pursue a job search plan that genuinely fits with their individual circumstances, needs and aspirations. Please contact us if you wish to refer someone or would like to attend yourself.
City & Guilds Online Basic Qualification
We offer City and Guilds Awards in online Basics (Entry Level 3) accessed through Learn My Way.
This is perfect for building confidence and give learners evidence of their ability and an amazing opportunity to add an up to date accredited qualification to ther CV's.
EU Settlement Scheme
Choices are also a registered EU Settlement Scheme Assisted Digital service provider. We do not give immigration advice of any kind under any circumstances, but we can support people who need digital help with an application for Settled Status or visa renewals.
If you need our help, you must call and book an appointment through the central office.
The number is 03333 445 675
Stop & Search Workshops for Young People
We deliver a Stop and Search project called "Auntee" so that people understand the reasons why an officer may stop them, what to do if they are not happy with the Stop and Search or they feel they have been treated unfairly.
We are currently delivering the workshop to young people at the Youth Offending Services. We will also be delivering an event at the Lift Youth Hub in Islington later this month.
If you are interested in learning more or are interested in joining the Islington Stop and Search Community Monitoring Group, please email us at: [email protected]