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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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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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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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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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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Case study: My mental health has gone through a huge shift

‘My mental health has gone through a huge shift and I’m happier within myself.’ James was referred to our Peer Mentoring Scheme suffering heavily from depression. He lacked motivation and would often isolate himself in his flat. During this period of his life he was binge drinking and smoking heavily, and slept all day and stayed awake at night. He described his life as 'sad, bleak, dark and very lonely.' James was allocated a peer mentor through Horton Housing. Together they did a variety of activities such as going for walks, visiting art galleries, enjoying the park and going for a coffee. All activities were chosen by James. His peer mentor helped him leave his flat. James said: 'It's that quality time, knowing that someone is there for me. It's…
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Case Study: Volunteering is a chance to give back

Case Study: Volunteering is a chance to give back

For Linda, volunteering as a peer mentor is a chance to give back to those who have helped her over the years. Eight years ago, Linda was diagnosed as bi-polar after 30 years of mental health problems, which included bouts of clinical depression.  Her illness manifested itself in both lows and highs, when she felt invincible and lacked inhibition. Her psychotic episodes could last anything from a couple of days to a couple of weeks and she would sometimes end up hospitalised as a result. She is now on mood stabilisers and anti-psychotic medication and has not had an episode for 18 months. Linda had a bad childhood and suffered abuse and a number of traumas as an adult. “My life felt like it was just one bad thing after…
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