Connecting Choices Virtual Hub was set up in response to COVID-19 in early April 2020. The Virtual Hub is an ESF-funded project that is part of the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) project that started at the end of 2016 described as offering Holistic support for disadvantaged people across Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and the Staffordshire Moorlands.

The website contains useful links to posts that include articles such as “What is Ramadan?” and a link to online training, “Free Online Digital Skills Training for Everyone” and more. Current virtual offerings are weekly activities include Art & Craft and Creative Writing. More activities are in development.

The programme is managed by Ixion a not-for-profit group of companies, delivering government funded provision that is a subsidiary of The Shaw Trust (

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