Extremism and exploitation are on the rise. Our courses and bespoke programmes can help prevent these at grassroots level by empowering people with knowledge and practical tools.

What leads people to turn to extremism and violence? The reasons are complex and multifaceted, but all are connected to the idea that extremism will provide a solution. Our research has shown that there are preventative approaches that do work, to lower vulnerabilities and increase resilience to extremism, exploitation and violence. That’s why we work to help identify and address these challenges before a threat has grown.

We are an independent social enterprise working with young people, communities and practitioners against extremism and exploitation. We design and deliver training and research for a wide range of organisations, and develop bespoke programmes that increase knowledge, build resilience and engage in fun and creative ways.

At ConnectFutures we combine insight, experience and practice to make lasting change.




9/11: The Al Qaeda attacks on New York’s Twin Towers and the Pentagon in Washington on 11th September 2001, which triggered President George W Bush’s ‘War on Terror’ and the  wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

7/7: The co-ordinated bomb attacks on London by four young British men in the name of Al Qaeda, on 7th July 2005, which killed 52 people.

Al Qaeda: Terrorist group founded in 1988 by Osama Bin Laden, which committed the 9/11 attacks.

Islamic State (Daesh/IS/ISIS/ISIL): Terrorist group formed after the fall of Saddam Hussain in Iraq and the civil war in Syria. It is the most prominent recruiter of Westerners to its mission to establish its own state.

CONTEST & the ‘4 Ps’: The British Government’s Counter Terrorism strategy initiated in 2006, revised in 2011, consisting of 4 strands: Prepare, Protect, Prevent and Pursue.

Prevent: Aiming to stop (prevent) individuals from supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists.