New location for young people’s homeless service in Calderdale

New location for young people’s homeless service in Calderdale

Horton Housing’s service for young people in Calderdale who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness has moved to new, bigger premises. A large derelict building on the outskirts of Halifax has been redeveloped as a result of a partnership between Chartford Housing, Homes England and Calderdale Council. The refurbished building has 14 units of high quality accommodation which will be managed by Horton Housing to house young homeless people from Calderdale. The building includes offices where support staff from Horton Housing’s Young Person’s Prevention and Support Service (YPASS) will be based and on hand to assist the young people. YPASS also provides advice and support for young people aged 16-21 (or 25 if they are care leavers). This includes drop in advice sessions for people seeking support on housing,…
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Case study: Mark

Case study: Mark

Mark’s life went downhill after a stay in hospital in Leeds. He had been treated for a brain haemorrhage and when he came home he found that his partner had started a relationship with someone else, so he had to leave, which left him homeless. He went to Scarborough as he had friends there who he was able to stay with for a short time before sleeping rough or staying in various shelters. He got accommodation through Horton in March and has been receiving support for health problems. He said: “I have had some medical trouble. I was suicidal at one point. But my support worker goes to the doctors with me and speaks for me. “She has got me thinking in a different light and I am feeling better…
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Wellbeing cafés launched across Selby

Wellbeing cafés launched across Selby

Horton Housing is to start running wellbeing cafés funded by North Yorkshire County Council across the Selby district to support adults with mental health issues. The cafés are aimed at people aged 18 and over who have, or are at risk of, developing mental health issues, and their family members and carers. They will start in October. The aim of the cafes is to: provide practical support, information and advice; enable people to get involved in their local community and reduce social isolation; offer activities and informal learning to support self-care and develop life skills; support access to employment, training, education and volunteering; raise awareness of mental health issues. The cafes will run from the following venues and times from 1 October: Tadcaster – Calcaria House, Windmill Rise, LS25 9HR…
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Case study: Daniel

Case study: Daniel

Daniel, 32, was going through a difficult period in his life when a friend recommended he got in touch with Horton Housing. He became homeless after a relationship breakdown and for a while slept rough or stayed with friends. One of these friends recommended he contacted Horton Housing. He said: “I had been going through some difficult stuff in my personal life and my head went for a bit and I started self-harming.” But through Horton’s STAY in Grattan scheme, Daniel has been getting support for his mental health, paying off debts and getting his life back on track. He has been with the scheme for six months and support workers have allowed him to stay on for longer until he feels ready to live independently. “Everyone has been really…
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Case study: Yuma

Case study: Yuma

Yuma would like to become a social worker one day – and after learning to speak English in just nine months, it is a realistic ambition. She had come to England from Spain with very little English and at first spent a lot of time at home as she lacked confidence. But getting involved in the Connecting Opportunities project run at Horton Housing’s training centre opened up a whole new world to her. Connecting Opportunities is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund. Yuma’s enthusiasm and commitment to learning English in the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) saw her make rapid progress and within six months she had gone up an incredible six levels. Yuma has gone on to complete…
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Case study: Joy

Case study: Joy

Joy, 17 has big ambitions to be a fashion designer one day, but his other talents include gardening and hairdressing. The teenager has been living in Horton Housing’s special accommodation for unaccompanied child refugees for a year after fleeing his native Eritrea in East Africa. He left the country to avoid compulsory national service which is imposed for an indefinite period on men and women when they turn 18. This policy has led to many young people fleeing Eritrea. Joy has been in his accommodation, which houses young refugees aged 16-18, for a year. The unit is managed by Horton who work in partnership with Bradford Council’s Social Services department. “People have been welcoming and helpful – the staff are very nice,” he said. Joy has demonstrated some creative talents,…
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Come and see Craven clients’ art exhibition

Come and see Craven clients’ art exhibition

Art and creative work of people supported by Horton Housing Association in the Craven area is being celebrated and showcased at a special touring exhibition. ‘Creative Fusion – A Journey’ includes artwork, such as paintings, crafts, poetry, prose. This body of work illustrates the positive progress made by Horton’s clients since they received support, including the chance to express their thoughts and feelings through arts, crafts and writing. Much of this work is done in partnership with local organisations. Horton runs a number of services in the Craven area, including Craven Stay – housing-related support for homeless people – and Craven Community Cafés at Skipton and Settle. The community cafés provide a vital lifeline for vulnerable adults who may be affected by social isolation, older people and people with emotional…
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Case Study: William

Case Study: William

William, a refugee from Sudan, came to the UK in 2015 with his wife and two sons through the Home Office’s Gateway Protection Programme, which resettles refugees in the UK. He was struggling to adapt to living in the UK and had been unable to find employment, before he joined the Connecting Opportunities project. With the support and training offered by the project, he has been able to get a job as a cleaner at a local railway station. Before this support, William found the process of applying for jobs challenging, often travelling on foot to ten different companies a week. He said: “I applied for 45 jobs to be a cleaner, but never heard anything.” Things started to look up when he was referred to Connecting Opportunities at Horton…
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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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