STAR is a structured, pre-placement course that will provide you with the skills you’ll need to help you return to work with confidence.

Delivered in Oldham, the course is part of our second-stage treatment programme, and has been designed specifically for those in recovery to help overcome any barriers you feel are preventing you from getting back into work.

You will graduate with a ‘Recovery Coach’ qualification from the Institute of Leadership and Management. You will also be given the opportunity to put your learning into practice by volunteering with one of our partners.

We will continue to provide support throughout your placement, and will offer compassionate support and guidance to help you access further training or employment.

Through the STAR programme, you will complete one or more of the following:

Recovery lifestyle and maintenance – Achieve the following: Learn more about preventative actions to avoid relapse; form a supportive recovery network; assess your strengths and areas for development; weekly peer support sessions.

Education and training – Receive a recognised NOCN qualification that includes the following: Use diagnostic tools to assess your learning abilities and needs; Complete a Maths, English and/or IT course; Achieve a recognised National Open College Network qualification at level two status.

Work experience and volunteering – Achieve one more of the following: Gain essential work experience and training through local providers; Receive certification upon completion of employability course.

Five ways to wellbeing – Gain accredited status for two or more of the following: Attend the ‘Five ways to healthy living’ course; Attend blood borne infections/sexual health awareness/prevention course; Receive 1-1 counselling sessions; Attend mindfulness course/mediation groups; Complete a smoking cessation course.

Life skills – Gain accredited attendance status for one or more of the following courses: Cook & Grow; Parenting Skills; Passport to Housing; Adventure-Based Learning Course.