Case study: Howard and Alisha

Case study: Howard and Alisha

Through our Peer Mentoring Scheme, Alisha (a mentor) and Howard (a client) meet up once a week and spend this time enjoying each other’s company doing a variety of activities. Howard came to our Peer Mentoring Service in November 2016 feeling lonely and isolated. He said: “I wanted company. I was staying in a lot and didn’t see many people.” Howard enjoys spending time with Alisha and together they do a variety of activities such as going into town, visiting the park and watching DVDs. Through accessing the Peer mentoring Service, Howard’s mental wellbeing has improved. He said: “Before, I found life a little too quiet. Alisha has cheered me up.  I found that this gives me positive ideas for what to do and gives me a positive routine.” Alisha…
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Horton Community Cafes win national housing award

Horton Community Cafes win national housing award

Our Horton Community Cafes, which run in Selby and Craven, have picked up a prestigious national housing award. The cafes won the ‘Support and Care Team of the Year, under 8,000 stock’ category at the Housing Heroes Awards, which are organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing magazine. Horton Community Cafes aim to improve the lives of adults who have mental health issues or who are at risk of or experiencing social isolation. Informal learning sessions and activities help clients increase their confidence, develop skills and access volunteering and employment opportunities. The cafes are an early intervention and prevention service that help to stop problems escalating and reaching crisis level. They reduce reliance on other expensive statutory services including emergency services. Hannah Brown, scheme manager, said: “This…
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New scheme opens in Bradford

New scheme opens in Bradford

A new housing scheme in Bradford city centre was officially opened on Tuesday, 18 April. Clergy House and Jermyn Court provide 18 self-contained flats for people who are homeless. They offer individuals and families temporary accommodation of up to three months while we help them to find longer-term and more suitable housing. Clergy House was a historic building in the city centre, owned by Bradford Cathedral, which had become derelict. Bradford Council spent £3.3 million renovating the property and creating new accommodation on land they owned close by, which has now become Jermyn Court. Horton Housing will manage the two schemes on behalf of Bradford Council. Two of our clients spoke at the official launch of the accommodation and were also interviewed by the Telegraph & Argus newspaper and Pulse…
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Helping Syrian refugees start a new life in the UK

Helping Syrian refugees start a new life in the UK

Horton Housing was one of the first organisations in the UK to sign up to the Vulnerable Person’s Relocation Scheme, helping Syrian refugees start a new life in the UK. Mohamad Khear Aboosh, 44, and his wife Rooqaya Haji, 50, with their four children: Ivan (14), Yasmin (13), Riwan (9) and Rodi (2) came to Bradford from Syria in October 2015. The Aboosh family had spent three years in a UN refugee camp in Iraq, where their youngest child was born. Their eldest son, Ivan, has Thalassaemia, a blood disorder which requires him to have blood transfusions every month. He had not been able to have a transfusion for six months and was weak and very ill when he arrived in the UK. Mohamad was injured in the bombing in…
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Community Cafés shortlisted for National Housing Heroes Award

Community Cafés shortlisted for National Housing Heroes Award

Horton’s Community Cafés have been shortlisted for the ‘Support and Care Team of the Year’ category in the National Housing Heroes Awards 2017. The cafés run by Horton Housing Association, are held weekly in community venues across the Selby and Craven districts of North Yorkshire. The cafés offer a safe, friendly and supportive environment for those who are experiencing or at risk of social isolation, loneliness and mental health issues. They provide informal learning sessions and activities to help clients increase their confidence, develop skills, build social networks and access volunteering, training and employment opportunities. The cafés are also for those wanting to make new friends and build links in their local community. The team involved in running the cafés consists of Community Development Workers, Paul Halmshaw in Selby and…
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Case Study: Alcohol and drugs left me fighting for my life…

Case Study: Alcohol and drugs left me fighting for my life…

Gordon, from Kirklees, was left fighting for his life after years of heavy alcohol and drugs use. He was referred to Horton Housing’s Spring Street accommodation, a housing and support scheme for single men in Kirklees who are homeless and have support needs. Gordon had a long history of drugs and alcohol abuse since becoming heavily involved with the Manchester club scene as a teenager. Despite trying to reduce his drinking, Gordon ended up homeless and was referred to Horton Housing’s Spring Street Hostel. There he met his support worker Nichola who has been with him throughout his recovery. He is now living independently and volunteering for a recovery service in Huddersfield, helping others to address their substance misuse problems. His near-death experience has given Gordon a fresh outlook on…
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Case Study: Volunteering at the cafe is the best thing I have ever done…

Case Study: Volunteering at the cafe is the best thing I have ever done…

Emily volunteers at four of our community cafés across the Selby District at South Milford, Hambleton, Selby and Tadcaster. Emily became a regular visitor to the cafés in 2013. She had just moved into her own property and was lonely and socially isolated. Her confidence was also low as a result of being bullied in the past. After some time as a regular visitor, Emily was keen to volunteer for the cafés. In her role she is involved with the daily running of the cafés. The visitors compliment Emily for her help. She says “It is nice to be recognised for and to be appreciated as a volunteer and it is good to have the opportunity to know that I am helping others.” Through volunteering, Emily is no longer socially…
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Case Study: YPASS – Ben & Samantha

Case Study: YPASS – Ben & Samantha

Ben* Ben’s stepfather was physically, emotionally and psychologically abusive towards him. Ben, 19, left the family home when he was 16 and sofa-surfed for a year. He started a relationship with a young woman and she became pregnant. They had moved into a small bedsit, which was in bad condition and poorly managed. Ben received tenancy support from YPASS. The couple moved into a two bedroom housing association flat and received support from YPASS to set up and maintain the tenancy. Ben was given help to clear his debts and apply for a course at Kirklees College. YPASS gave Ben support with budgeting and helped him to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) to cover the shortfall in rent for the second bedroom until the baby was born. When his relationship ended,…
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‘Home from hospital’ scheme shortlisted for National Housing Award

‘Home from hospital’ scheme shortlisted for National Housing Award

A ground-breaking ‘home from hospital’ scheme managed by Horton Housing Association has been shortlisted in the UK Housing Awards (UKHA). Bradford Respite and Integrated Care and Support Service (BRICSS) is an innovative new scheme which prevents ‘bed blocking’ by providing high quality accommodation for people who are being discharged from hospital and who are homeless or living in inadequate housing. Run in partnership with Bevan Healthcare CIC, the scheme is one of the first of its kind in the country and has since been adopted as a pilot for other areas. Bradford has a significant homeless population which is a disproportionate user of acute health care services. Homeless people are six times more likely to access healthcare through Accident and Emergency departments and their length of stay in hospital is…
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Client Ashley’s Art Exhibition in March ’17

Client Ashley’s Art Exhibition in March ’17

Local artist Ashley Morgan will be exhibiting his paintings at his  ‘A Splash of Colour’  art exhibition at Settle Library this March. Ashley, who has a learning disability, attends Horton Housing’s community cafes in Skipton and Settle on a regular basis. The cafes aim to improve the lives of adults who have mental health issues and who are at risk of or experiencing social isolation. Informal learning sessions and activities help clients increase their confidence, develop skills and access volunteering and employment opportunities. Ashley, who lives in Settle, has often brought in artwork to the cafes and Community Project Worker, Helen Bannister, has been supporting him to showcase his work. North Yorkshire County Council’s Library Service has kindly agreed to provide Ashley space at Settle Library for his exhibition. Catherine…
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