The VCS Achieve Program

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What is the Achieve project?

If you are finding it difficult to get into the world of work because you face challenges such as poor health, addictions or financial problems, the Achieve project might be able to help by addressing those challenges, improving your skills and supporting you in writing CVs, filling out application forms and preparing for interviews.

What does the project offer?

You'll get:

  • a tailored action plan based on an initial meeting
  • one-to-one support based on that plan - in person, on the phone or online - for about six months, based on your individual needs
  • encouragement and support to overcome barriers identified at the initial meeting and as they arise during your time in the project
  • referrals to specialist support if necessary e.g., substance use, or learning opportunities e.g. work experience.
  • help to transition to independently access Job Centre and mainstream provision to bring you closer to the job market
  • An exit report with detailed next steps once your time in the program is complete

Who is eligible?

  • Individuals aged 16+ in receipt of Universal Credit (& other means tested benefits)
  • Individuals with complex needs and/or facing multiple barriers where work is not yet a consideration and no other provision is suitable
  • Individuals Living in the Bradford District including Keighley
  • Priority will be given to those living in areas of high deprivation

How do I refer myself/someone else?

Next time you visit the Job Centre, ask for all the information you need to access the Achieve project. You can self-refer by emailing 

Referrals can also be made through Achieve partner organisations who deliver support to people already in the project:

Bangladeshi Youth Organisation - Delivering a range of activities and services to support with education, health, training and employment. Tel: 07828 820059

Bridge Project - Supporting those who have problems with drug use. Recovery, housing, education and training and employment. Tel: 01274 723863

JAMES - A caring environment where people can overcome disadvantage and lack of provision to achieve their full potential in life. Tel: 07815 419969

Karmand Community Centre - Supporting communities to use their own assets to improve the quality of life, build resilience and develop partnerships. Tel: 01274 669593

Keighley Healthy Living - Enabling communities to take ownership of their own health and wellbeing, building growth, confidence and resilience. Tel: 01535 677177

Ravenscliffe Community Association - Building skills and confidence through training, community projects and access to support services. Tel: 01274 636602

Safety First - Training and learning opportunities and employment support on a 1 to 1 basis. Tel: 01274 727233

The Cellar Trust - Using lived experience of mental health challenges to help people in gaining and remaining in employment. Tel: 01274 588002

For more information on the Achieve Project, visit the VCS Achieve website