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Gateway to Choices

  • G2C outreach events

    Get advice to help you access employment and learning support, ongoing access to experienced advisors, one to one guidance that meets your needs and information on learning opportunities. No need to book, just pop in!

    • Every Wednesday, 9am to 12 noon, 251 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1AF
    • Every Tuesday, 9.30am to 11am, Ashton Centre 5 Churchill Street, Belfast, BT15 2BP
    • Every fortnight from Wednesday 22 November 2023, 1pm to 3pm, Grace Family Centre, 77-95 Alliance Avenue, Belfast, BT14 7PJ
    • Gateway to Choices: Employer Connect: Wednesday 13 March, 10am to 1pm, Girdwood Community Hub

    View our Employer Connect event

  • About Gateway to Choices

    Thanks to funding from the Belfast Labour Market Partnership, we’ve launched our Gateway to Choices service which aims to support Belfast residents who aren’t currently working, but would like to get a job, or return to work. 

    Gateway to Choices provides tailored advice and guidance to help you find the right support you need to progress towards employment, education, or training. The service works closely with relevant health service providers, local community organisations and the NI Careers Service (amongst others) to give you specific help to break down the barriers you may be facing – and which may be stopping you finding the right job or achieving your employment goals.

    Gateway to Choices is a service that anyone living in Belfast can access, as long as they meet certain requirements.

    The service is designed to help people who have been unemployed for six months or more, people who are not yet ready to work and have been referred by a job coach from the Jobs and Benefits Office, people who are of working age, but not receiving benefits and are not currently working, and people who are employed, but want to find a better job, or a job that is more sustainable.

    Gateway to Choices will allow you to take the next step towards work by providing easy-to-access, independent, and quality information and help you make informed decisions about how to find the right help you need at the right time.


  • Access the service

    You can access the service in a number of ways, including through a large number of outreach centres across the city, as well as by freephone, email or our dedicated app. 

    GEMSNI, who deliver the Gateway to Choices service on our behalf can advise on your closest centre to access help. Use the freephone number or email to ask them.

    If you have any problems accessing Gateway to Choices, email

    Funding for Gateway to Choices service has been made available by the Department for Communities through Employability NI.

  • Watch

    Watch this 50-second video with Gateway to Choices client, Mohammed.

    Watch this 1-minute, 22-second video with Gateway to Choices client, Ali.

    Watch this 2-minute, 7-second video with Gateway to Choices client, Annie.

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