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Realise Futures

Unit 1, Alpha Business Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP15LT

About us

Realise Futures is an award-winning social enterprise where people are at the heart of everything we do. We have the expertise to help those who are long-term unemployed, disabled, disadvantaged, Army veterans, ex-offenders, parents and carers and those - for whatever reason - just haven’t had their fair share of breaks in life.

We are one of the largest social enterprises in the East of England, employing approximately 370 people of which 30% are disabled or disadvantaged. Social enterprises are businesses with ethical and environmental purposes. Our social goal is to improve people’s social and economic well-being.

In 2014 we were delighted to be chosen as Trailblazing Newcomer in the national RBS SE100 Index Awards, ranking social ventures in the UK according to their growth and impact.

We believe every individual deserves a chance to realise their full potential and to be given the opportunity to earn, learn, enjoy and achieve. Everyone at Realise Futures is involved in the task of creating opportunities for people to succeed in work, learning and life.


We have employment advisers in Suffolk, Essex and Cambridge working to deliver employment and training services adapted to your needs. Our team currently delivers the Government’s Work Choice and the Work Programme.

Our advisers also have many years’ experience of providing disability employment services. We are a top-performing employment service with a track record of meeting and exceeding our targets. We are particularly proud of our results in enabling people to sustain employment. So, when you come to us for help we will provide you with the support you need to prepare for work, look at your employability skills and search for a job.

Following referral and assessment, a dedicated employment adviser will work with you to identify employment and training opportunities. For people in Suffolk, we may be able to provide paid employment within our Social Enterprise businesses. Once you are in work, we can help provide support, training and career development.

For people who feel paid employment is not an option we can provide work experience, therapeutic placements and/or voluntary work.

We work with people who choose to use their personal budget / individual budget to purchase Employment Services. Additionally, we provide bespoke help to employers – including coaching workplace mentors and providing work career plans.

Contact us for more information.

Careers solutions

Our qualified careers advisers deliver the National Careers Service and are spread across the counties of Suffolk and Norfolk. They can help you with targeted support and deliver advice that is accessible to you; the offer is available so that you can get the right advice at the right time.

We can see you; face to face in a location near you, offer advice over the phone or even over Facetime and Skype. Our service is confidential and impartial, and our careers advisers are there to help you progress your career.

The range of services we offer include:

  • Help with your CV
  • Searching and applying for jobs and training courses
  • Identifying your strengths and skills
  • Exploring your career options and understanding the local job market

Read about some of our success stories here!


To book an appointment to see a careers adviser or if you would like to find out more about how our careers advisers can help you please call us on 0845 603 1059 (Calls to this number are charged at your local rate.) Alternatively, email us on careers@realisefutures.org and someone will get back to you.

For more information search online for National Careers Service or for advice over the phone call 0800 100 900 between 8am-10pm, 7 days a week.

Learning and Development

Learning is for life

Realise Futures has a vast range of learning and development courses on offer to help you achieve your goals. We are a leading provider of adult education in Suffolk, managing a mix of private and government funded community learning courses. We deliver in bespoke learning centres and local community venues across the county.

Our learners make good progress in their learning journey on both accredited and non-accredited courses. A lot of our learners feel more confident about their future employment opportunities after completing their learning with us.

To discuss your options call us on 0300 456 2050 or view our website to see our full range of courses on offer http://www.rflearn.co.uk. (Calls are charged at local rate.)

Realise Network

We offer bespoke training for small, medium and large employers across the Eastern Region to maximise the skills and productivity of your workforce to remain competitive in a changing or challenging market. Our offer can be delivered in your workplace or in one of our centres across Suffolk.

You will benefit from qualified trainers rated 'Good' by Ofsted providing the highest quality training for your business. We work with you to identify your specific training, management and development needs.

To discuss further please call us on 01473 275931 or fill in the contact form.

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