Helping young people gain independence

Tenancy-Ready Training Programme

Produced by Sheffield Foyer

What is the Tenancy-Ready Online Training Programme?

The online Tenancy-Ready Training Programme has been produced by Sheffield Foyer based on the experience of helping hundreds of young people into independence over the last twenty years. 

It is a basic but comprehensive introduction to the business of living in your own property and having adult responsibilities. It’s easy to understand and accessible, without being patronising, and suits young people particularly, with relevant and meaningful scenarios that test their judgement, and manage their expectations, concerning independent living.

Positive Outcomes​

Over the last 20 years, Sheffield Foyer has helped hundreds of young people gain their own independence.
And the success rate of their training programme is excellent.

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April 2018 – March 2019
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What’s covered in the training?

Introduction: The first unit introduces people in supported accommodation (or similar settings) to the supported accommodation setting, the training programme and some of things that they need to do to get started on the road to independence. This a simple and quick overview of some tenancy-related basics to begin with.

Communication: Exploring some of the communication and stress-management ills needed to cope in everyday situations with people. Learners look at some difficult situations and decide the best way forward, in order to avoid or address anti-social behaviour.

Money Management: This unit is all about money. Learners practice simple budgeting techniques and how to avoid the pitfalls, learning about money jargon and getting to grips with some aspects of the benefit system.

Health – Sleep and Substances: Touching on important health issues for young people like sleep – and how to get a better night’s sleep – and some of the concerns about behaviours like drinking, drugs and smoking.

Health – Eating Well: Understanding how to pick foods and put healthy meals together, whilst considering the basic food storage, preparation and hygiene.

Sex & Relationships: Covers some important themes about consent, relationships, STI’s and general sexual safety and well-being.

Making a Home and a Life: Introduces the idea of a community and understanding the community services and using them properly. Keeping a new home clean and tidy and revisiting the ideal of a ‘good neighbour’ by being considerate.

Ready to Work: Understanding skills and developing those in order to be ‘interview ready’. Learning how to create supporting statements to go with a CV and creating a good CV to help young people on your way to work. Looking at the challenges of managing in work and the experience of those early days. If work isn’t the first goal, there’s also college and apprenticeships.

A Handbook for Moving On: There’s information here about dealing with tenancies and the legal parts of having a tenancy. Learners cover important issues like insurance, utilities, bills, and saving money

What are the benefits of the training for your organisation?

Bespoke tenancy-ready training created by experienced housing support staff

No need to employ a full-time tutor

Can be completed anywhere where there is Wi-Fi access

Can be completed on any device, e.g. smart phone, tablet, laptop, computer

Ideal for dispersed housing tenants as well as those in supported housing

Ideal for those looking at their first tenancy

Ideal for those needing support in their current tenancy

Can complete modules in any order

New modules added each year: units coming online in 2021 will cover cannabis and other drugs

Costs as little as £20 per learner for full course

Certificate generated at end of course

Work can be printed off for portfolio evidence

Link up with another provider/agency to share cost

Original material is college accredited at Level 1

What do learners say?

What was the best thing you learnt at the Foyer which helps you at Uni?

"The Foyer Training Programme was the most useful thing. It taught me about being a tenant and what makes a good tenant and a good landlord. I realised that I had deal with tenancy issues and not ignore them and that I had to be a good tenant. I also realised that my landlord had to be a good landlord and that I had rights."

How did the Foyer support you to feel confident to leave for University?

"They helped me with budgeting and finance. The team got in touch with the University and the Lettings Agency to secure me a student tenancy in a shared house. They guided me through everything; they’ve been a big help."

Do you think the Foyer’s training course has given you the skills to live independently and well?

"I was wanting to do things and the Foyer helped me enormously. I learned new skills. Last week, my first at university I cooked three pasta dishes - all different - and they were great! I couldn’t have done that before."

What advice would you give a young person moving into a Foyer?

"Don’t let the current situation get you down, it will all come out brighter in the end. Always speak to people about what you need, if you don’t speak up, things don’t happen!"

What was the best thing you learnt at the Foyer which helps you at Uni?

"The Foyer Training Programme was the most useful thing. It taught me about being a tenant and what makes a good tenant and a good landlord. I realised that I had deal with tenancy issues and not ignore them and that I had to be a good tenant. I also realised that my landlord had to be a good landlord and that I had rights."

How did the Foyer support you to feel confident to leave for University?

"They helped me with budgeting and finance. The team got in touch with the University and the Lettings Agency to secure me a student tenancy in a shared house. They guided me through everything; they’ve been a big help."

Do you think the Foyer’s training course has given you the skills to live independently and well?

"I was wanting to do things and the Foyer helped me enormously. I learned new skills. Last week, my first at university I cooked three pasta dishes - all different - and they were great! I couldn’t have done that before."

What advice would you give a young person moving into a Foyer?

"Don’t let the current situation get you down, it will all come out brighter in the end. Always speak to people about what you need, if you don’t speak up, things don’t happen!"

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