Home Group

Home Group Limited is a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 (registered number 22981R)

Home Group is a housing association with a difference.  We’re on a mission to “build homes, independence and aspirations”.  As one of the UK’s largest providers of high-quality and integrated housing and health and social care, we’re helping people live happily in our homes and working with the NHS to improve lives.  We’re also helping to create a new generation of homeowners who thought getting on the property ladder was an impossible dream.

Durham Mental Health Hospital Discharge Service

Aiming to reduce hospital readmission whilst enabling tenancy sustainment alongside good mental health, this service is available to County Durham residents who have a social or housing related support need and are an inpatient on the Acute Mental Health wards at Lanchester Road or West Park Hospitals.  Based from the wards, our team form part of the service users discharge planning and work alongside the ward staff and other members of the Multi-Disciplinary team to support an appropriate and timely discharge into the community.  

The service also offers up to 15 units of single persons supported accommodation.  Adopting the housing first model, we will prioritise providing permanent housing for our service users facing homelessness enabling a secure platform where they will be supported to focus on their goals, aspirations, and wellbeing.

Following discharge into the community or one of our housing first properties, support from our team will continue for a period of up to six months.  During this time, we aim to encourage engagement with the Community Mental Health Team and other members of the Multi-Disciplinary team and respond quickly to any emerging support needs the service user may face.

Wellbeing & Recovery Service

Our team are committed to empowering our service users and ensuring that they have respect, dignity, independence, choice and control over their own lives.  Aiming towards identified improvements in mental and physical wellbeing and social inclusion, we work with people aged 18 and over in a variety of community-based settings where weekly activity schedules are developed alongside service users to meet the needs of those attending across the county. 

Open Access Groups – Running from Consett, Spennymoor, Bishop Auckland, Horden and Seaham, these groups offer a variety of activities, courses, and social interactions where service users can come together.  Practical support from the team is also available, as well as bookable appointments with our Occupational Therapist.

Peer Support and Wellbeing Groups – Aiming to improve mental wellbeing, these services offer an informal setting for service users to discuss their mental health, wellbeing and support one another, this service offers the opportunity to join walking groups within the local community as well as out and about activities which offer a variety of activities including fishing and day trips.. Our Wellbeing groups consist of a physical activity and allotment group, aiming to improve physical wellbeing and increase knowledge around healthy living, service users have opportunities to build and design plots of land, develop DIY and woodwork skills, whilst planting, potting, growing produce.

Volunteering and Befriending – This service offers volunteering opportunities for up to 26 people who will receive full volunteer training and DBS check.  Our befriending offer is open to 12 service users at any one time, with personalised support goals developed to fit individual needs. 

Employment and Training Support – Our accredited Home Achievement Programme (HAP) is available to all service users, alongside volunteer training, support with CV’s and applications.

Where to Access Groups

Derwentside – April Schedule

Easington – April Schedule

Sedgefield – April Schedule

Dales – April Schedule

Mental Health Accommodation Services

Delivered by a team consisting of support staff, management, Occupational Therapist and Mental Health Practice Lead, these services offer single persons supported accommodation for up to 30 service users at one time.  Based at West Cornforth and Brandon, the services are offered to those aged 18 and over who are at risk of homelessness or are unable to live independently due to diagnosed mental health and associated issues.  The service is available for a period covering between two and seven years. 

Our team work alongside our service users to develop personal support plans tailored to meet their individual needs. Achievable goals are established and regularly reviewed to ensure positive outcomes are being attained.

Our Mental Health Practice Lead offers individual and group reflective practice sessions with all members of our team and act as a point of contact for individual support, thereby improving the quality of support planning, assessment, and reviews. Our Occupational Therapist help our service users to improve, regain and develop the skills they require for day to day life by engaging them with activities that they want to do. This also includes identifying areas where skills development is required, to support reintegration into the community. 


Can be made by anyone through the Alliance using the referral methods. There may be a waiting list but we will prioritise this people whose needs are greatest or signpost you to somebody else who could help.