Community Cafés shortlisted for National Housing Heroes Award

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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 Helen Bannister in Craven. Both Paul and Helen have been integral to the cafés since they began.

Scheme Manager, Hannah Brown, said: ‘I am delighted that Paul and Helen have received recognition for the work they do by being shortlisted for the ‘Support and Care Team of the Yearaward. Both teams across Selby and Craven work tirelessly to support and improve the lives of our clients, despite threats to funds which are vital for the cafés. Paul and Helen work hard to make sure that our clients feel welcome and supported in every session.

The Housing Heroes Awards are organised by the Chartford Institute of Housing and Inside Housing magazine. The awards celebrate the teams and individuals who have made a positive impact on the housing sector. They aim to celebrate the ‘unsung heroes’ of the housing world.

The winners of the award will be announced at the ceremony on Monday, 26 June 2017.