Learning opportunities: Home Achievement Programme

Would you like to learn new life skills to enhance your personal development? Are you keen to get a new qualification, but nervous about taking your first step back into education? Find out more about this learning opportunity.

Home Group’s training and development programme will support your new learning journey with a person-centred plan that’s individually tailored to you. Our programme has been designed to provide both formal and informal learning to support you to achieve your goals.


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From money management to health and wellbeing ...

With a wide range of modules to choose from and fun activities to support your learning, the programme can be exactly what you want it to be. Not only will the modules on offer support your educational development, they will also support independent living in a variety of ways – by building confidence, improving health and helping you sustain your tenancy.

Modules and activities are grouped under four headings:

  • Health and wellbeing: Healthy living and developing a positive mindset
  • Employability: Personal goals and career ambitions
  • Promoting independence: Managing a tenancy and independent living
  • Social responsibility: Understanding and creating positive relationships

Case study: achieving independence

Claire* left prison with no home to go to, no qualifications and poor job prospects. Now, she is building a successful career, managing her own accommodation and is reunited with her son.


“I was sofa surfing, drinking and taking drugs.” Claire said, “And the prospect of going back to prison frightened me. I knew I was responsible for my own actions and that I didn’t have to be like those people I met in prison. So I knew things had to change”

Claire knew she desperately needed to distance herself from the crowd she had previously fallen in with, as well as her father who had been in and out of prison for most of her life. Having changed her name by deed poll and with support from Home Group she found new accommodation and began her study with the Home Achievement Programme.

Claire said: “I completed two modules. One was about drink and drugs, the other was about self-esteem. It really put me on the right path to learning and gave me the urge to learn even more.”


After completing the course, as well as gaining some work experience by volunteering in a nearby charity shop, Claire noticed an opportunity for an apprenticeship position with Home Group.

“When the Home Group magazine came through my door there was an article about its apprenticeship scheme” Claire explained. “My support worker helped me to apply and I was successful. And with that came more Level 1 qualifications in maths, English and ICT.”

With the new experience and qualifications under her belt, Claire felt more confident in taking her first step towards paid employment, and now enjoys working for Home Group helping other people who need that extra support to regain their independence.

“I’ve got a great job, I’m back living with my son, I have a great new social network and my own house. I still worry from time to time about bumping into the wrong people, but my life has changed so much it’s unbelievable. I don’t even recognise myself anymore!”



*Name has been changed to protect anonymity


  • Am I eligible?

    • The programme is open to people of all ages who currently access a Home Group support service, as well as some clients who access services provided by partner organisations. Accreditation is available for individuals aged 14+.
  • How does it work?

    • No costs will be incurred by taking part or submitting workbooks for accreditation. The programme is financially supported by Home Group.

  • I want to learn, but I'm keen on applying for a formal qualification.

    • Not a problem. The modules can be used as an informal tool to support your independence and daily living. Workbooks do not need to be submitted for assessment if you would prefer not to apply for the qualification.
  • How much time will it take?

    • Each module is made up of one, two or three credits. You can work through the course at your own pace, and an agreed planned end date can be set at the start of your learning between you and your support worker.

  • I'm interested. What next?

    • To find out more, speak to your support worker who will discuss the full range of modules available to you, and provide support and guidance throughout the process.