FREE help and support, enabling individuals to explore and seek opportunities into education, employment or training. 

About Employability

Hopeful Families focuses on supporting and helping individuals achieve opportunities into employment, via access to education and training across Kirklees. 

The programme is an innovative and flexible community programme designed to support individuals who may be challenged by difficulties that prevent them from actively seeking employment, education, or training. Our programme is person-centred and tailored to meet individual needs.

This may include:

  • Personal development,
  • Health and wellbeing, 
  • Developing essential life-skills/work skills, 
  • Mental health, 
  • Employment rights.

The Hopeful Families team offer individuals (18+) one to one and small group work support throughout the programme, traditionally face to face. 


As well as supporting individuals to overcome barriers to training, employment and education, we also run fun events for the children of service users, aimed to support the adults on the programme (such as organised events during easter, Christmas and summer holidays).  Focusing on the welfare of the service users and their families. 


Support is provided through Family Mentors and our Progression Coach who offer one to one sessions with either an individual in the family, or with the family as a whole, to help improve their situation and encourage a more positive outlook.


We do this in a variety of ways such as offering:

  • Help with developing everyday life skills
  • Assistance to improve confidence and self-esteem
  • Help to manage anxiety, health conditions, disability or an addiction
  • Support with health and wellbeing
  • Signposting to debt advice, managing money and housing experts
  • Advice on childcare, parenting and managing behaviour
  • Access to new skills development through training, work placements and volunteering
  • Help preparing for work such as C.V writing, interview skills, job searching and approaching employers
  • Access to peer support groups
  • Identifying a variety of other support services
  • Help with digital technology, from switching on a computer to using social media

Family mentors can meet clients at one of centres Brian Jackson House, Jo Cox House or at a neutral community location, for an informal chat to discuss the support available.  Once on programme a participant must agree to develop an action plan and attend regular meetings to measure progress.


Hopeful Families is an exciting community programme run by the Pluss Organisation and a team of five West Yorkshire voluntary and community partners; and is part of the Building Better Opportunities programme, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund grant.

Who can access this service?

If you are unemployed, aged 18+ and have a National Insurance number, and reside in Kirklees you can access our services. 

How to access this service:

For general enquires and referral forms, please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.


This is a free service.



Fresh Futures contact service:

Brian Jackson House,

New North Parade,




Jo Cox House,

90 Commercial Street,


WF17 5DS

Contact Details

If you have any questions about this service, please feel free to check out our FAQ page, or contact us using the below information.

[email protected] or call 07526178179 for telephone referrals (Monday – Thursday  9.30am – 1pm).

Quote Mark

“Hopeful families made me believe in myself, and that anything is achievable if you put your mind to it” 

Quote Mark