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Inspiring Connections

Inspiring Connections boosts the careers of people experiencing barriers to meaningful work by bringing candidates together with advocates; professionals and business owners motivated to support others to find paths to fulfilling work.


Formerly named The Livery Advocates Programme, Inspiring Connections is a personal development and network building programme for people to gain the opportunities, support, and momentum they need to take the next steps towards their career goals.

It works by bringing people with barriers to work, Inspiring Connections Candidates, together with Advocates; a range of professionals and business owners motivated to support others to find fulfilling work. Candidates and Advocates participate together in group-based sessions to empower Candidates and facilitate valuable new relationships.

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What does the programme entail?

Both Candidates and Advocates commit to attending six 2-hour sessions, held using video conferencing software.

Who can apply?


Our Candidates come from diverse backgrounds, all will experience some form of barrier to meaningful work. You can join the programme as a Candidate if you are out of work, in work and looking to take steps towards a more fulfilling and sustainable career, or need support for a business concept that you aren’t sure how to get started. Inspiring Connections is more beneficial for people who are both motivated to change their circumstances and ready to challenge themselves.

As a Candidate, you will:

  • Work with and learn from professionals and business owners who have achieved a high level of success in their fields.
  • Participate in a range of sessions designed to identify your strengths, boost your confidence and help you choose a meaningful direction in your career.
  • Develop a plan for your next steps and receive support from Advocates in achieving your career goals.

Register your interest



Advocates are professionals and business owners. As an Advocate you will use your experience and interpersonal skills to support Candidates to build confidence, aspirations, and the networks they need to achieve their career goals. To become an Advocate, all you need is a professional story to tell, an openness to sharing your experiences and a desire to support others who may have had less opportunity than yourself.

As an Advocate, you will:

  • Share your story to provide Candidates with an insight into what makes a successful career.
  • Build positive relationships with Candidates and use your professional experience to provide guidance on their career journeys.
  • Work collaboratively with Candidates to build their confidence and support them to form a clear plan for their career progression.

Register your interest

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