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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Connecting Opportunities

Connecting Opportunities

Connecting Opportunities works with new migrants to develop their skills and opportunities to find work and be part of the local community. Horton Housing is one of ten organisations that specialise in working with migrants that are offering tailored support, cultural orientation, English language classes and other training across West Yorkshire and part of North Yorkshire (Craven, Harrogate, Selby and York). The project will also create new local connections, with opportunities for local people to be volunteer mentors and befrienders, and for employers to provide work placements to help people get a foothold in the job market. Connecting Opportunities is funded by the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme. For more information, visit Connecting Opportunities website
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Current Volunteering Opportunities

Current Volunteering Opportunities

To find out more about any of the opportunities below, or to get a full job description, please email volunteer.applications@hortonhousing.co.uk or contact us on 01274 753352. Peer Mentors Volunteer as a Peer Mentor for our Community Support Agency mental health service in Bradford. Support and do activities with people who are dealing with mental health issues. We look favourably on volunteers who have past experience of mental health issues. Volunteer Community Mentor at Skipton We are looking for a Volunteer Community Mentor to work a minimum of four hours a week at our Community Café Hub in Skipton. The cafes offer a range of activities, advice and informal learning for vulnerable adults, particularly those experiencing social isolation. As a mentor, you would be helping our clients access the Community Cafes by…
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Peer Mentoring

The Peer Mentoring Scheme is a befriending and support service for clients who are experiencing mental health problems. The scheme matches clients with volunteers, known as Peer Mentors, who have experienced their own mental health problems in the past. Peer Mentors spend time with clients, enjoying a variety of activities such as going for a coffee or visiting the park. This support enables our clients to build their confidence and social skills, which positively impacts their mental health. If you have experienced mental health problems and are interested in becoming a Peer Mentor, please email: volunteer.applications@hortonhousing.co.uk Case study: Howard and Alisha Case study: Volunteering is a chance to give back  
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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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Volunteering

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to gain confidence, meet new people, learn new skills, build your CV and keep active. Volunteers play a vital role in Horton Housing, helping us to deliver good quality services for vulnerable people. We have a wide range of opportunities across Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and North Yorkshire. Full support and training will be given and out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed. If you are interested in volunteering, please email volunteer.applications@hortonhousing.co.uk or contact us on 01274 753352. Current volunteering opportunities To view our latest volunteer roles - click here Corporate volunteering We have a variety of opportunities available for your team to develop community partnerships. These range from: Magical makeover – spend a day transforming a room or outside area at one of our hostels…
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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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