Horton Housing win regional award for refugee training programme

Horton Housing win regional award for refugee training programme

Horton Housing Association has scooped a Northern Housing Award for its STEP (Specialist Training and Employment Programme) which helps train and prepare Syrian refugees to secure employment. The award was in the Resident Employment/Training Initiative of the Year category. The programme, pioneered and developed by the partnership of World Jewish Relief and Horton Housing, is tailored to fit around the needs of each individual refugee to help them rebuild their lives in the UK. Some have no work experience or little or no English language skills while others already have qualifications and a professional background but need a helping hand to transfer this to the UK working environment. The programme began as a pilot at Horton Housing’s training centre in Bradford in April 2016. It has expanded to Coventry and…
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Case Study: Diane

Case Study: Diane

Diane, and her dog, Mr B, are looking forward to a more settled future, thanks to support from Horton’s homeless support services. Diane’s route to homelessness was unexpected after a career in caring. She had worked as a senior carer in a care home, but started to suffer from back problems. This led to her needing to take time off and having surgery to fix the problem. But when she returned to work, her back gave out again, so she had to reluctantly leave her job. Diane tried to claim benefits for her health problems, which also included epilepsy; she started to suffer seizures a few years ago. She received payments for a while, then they were suspended, as she was told that her health issues no longer qualified. Diane’s…
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Could you spare a room for a young homeless person?

Could you spare a room for a young homeless person?

Horton Housing Association is looking for people in the Calderdale area who could make a real difference to a young person’s life by offering their spare room and some support. The Supported Lodging scheme gives a young person, who is homeless or at risk of homelessness, a warm, safe place to live, support in preparing to live independently and the chance to look forward to the future. Pat Fraser became a supported lodgings host two years ago. The role appealed to her after a career of working with young people – she has been both a college lecturer and a classroom support assistant for children with special needs. She has previously offered her spare room to overseas students from a local private school at weekends and holidays. She said: “I…
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Case study: Jake

Case study: Jake

Jake, 21, came to Spring Street hostel in June 2017. He had recently separated from his partner, with whom he has a young daughter and was sofa-surfing at friends' houses. He has a strained relationship with his mother and living with his father would mean that Jake would not be able to see his daughter regularly. After struggling to find a place to live, Jake was referred to the hostel. Staying at Spring Street has given Jake the chance to remain in the area, enabling him to continue to see his daughter on a regular basis. Jake has enjoyed his time at Spring Street. He said: “There is a pool table so I was happy when I moved in. Everyone looks after the hostel. It's never messy - everyone washes…
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Case study: Charlotte

Case study: Charlotte

Charlotte (not her real name), 17, has been living at one of Horton Housing's hostels for several weeks. She came to the hostel after separating from her partner, with whom she had been living with at another hostel in Bradford. Charlotte is having a positive experience at Horton Housing's hostel and she is grateful for the staff there. She said: "I enjoy living by myself and learning how to live independently. It's nice because you come back to your own place and I'm keeping a roof over my head. The staff support you through it. They are there to talk to and they try to help me as much as they can. I give credit to them - they are brilliant. Now that I'm here I don't have any problems…
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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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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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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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