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 is a fantastic achievement and a real credit to all the staff and volunteers who help make the community cafes such a success.
“To receive national recognition from respected people in the housing industry is a tremendous boost to the team.”