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Ashley brings ‘A Splash of Colour’ to Skipton Library
Ashley brings ‘A Splash of Colour’ to Skipton Library

An exhibition displaying the artwork of Community Café regular Ashley Morgan will be launching at Skipton Library this month.

Ashley, who has a learning disability and lives in Settle, has been attending Horton Housing’s Community Cafes in Craven since 2015. He has a passion for art which he has been pursuing as a hobby for many years, having enjoyed painting, drawing, photography and making sculptures in the past. He made a paper-mache dove for Mental Health Day last October and has worked on creating a display for the upcoming Settle Happiness Festival, held in late May.

Through the support of Community Development Worker, Helen Bannister and North Yorkshire Libraries, Ashley was able to showcase his work in public for the first time in March at Settle Library. The exhibition enjoyed a successful run with positive feedback from the public.

The exhibition shows a variety of his pieces from landscapes, portraits and abstract images.

Craven Community Cafes, run by Horton Housing, are held weekly in community venues across the Selby and Craven districts of North Yorkshire. They aim to improve the lives of adults who have mental health issues and who are at risk of or are experiencing social isolation. Informal learning sessions and activities help clients increase their confidence, develop skills and access volunteering and employment opportunities.

Ashley said: ‘I enjoy going to the cafes as I meet new people and have become good friends with other café regulars. My life has improved since I began attending the cafes in Skipton and Settle, as previously I was isolated and did very little with my time, not attending any other social groups. The sessions and talks are interesting and I have learnt a lot of different things. I particularly like the art sessions. I have presented some of the sessions at the cafes, which has helped increase my confidence.’

Alongside his involvement with the cafes, Ashley is currently attending literacy courses to develop his reading and writing skills. He is also training to become a reporter at a local radio station, something which he enjoys and hopes to do in future. On Fridays he attends art workshops in Bentham, which are helping him to develop his art skills.

The exhibition will launch on Thursday, 18 May 2017 at 11:30am at Skipton Library and can be viewed throughout May during library open times.

The Craven Community Cafes run every Wednesday afternoon in Settle and every Thursday afternoon in Skipton.


 
Community Cafés shortlisted for national Housing Heroes Award

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 Year’ award. 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. 


 
‘A Splash of Colour’ exhibition
Ashley Morgan

Local artist Ashley Morgan will be exhibiting his paintings 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 Barlow, Service Development Officer at Settle Library, said: “We are delighted to be exhibiting Ashley’s paintings at Settle Library; they really demonstrate Ashley’s exciting talent and his vibrant use of colour. We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone to view the exhibition.”

The exhibition will be launched on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 at 11am at Settle Library and can be viewed throughout March while the library is open.

Helen Bannister, Community Project Worker, said: “Ashley can really express himself through his art and we are pleased to be able to support him to develop and establish his talent. We hope this will be an empowering experience for Ashley and that it will inspire him to continue to show his talent.”

The Craven Community Cafes run every Wednesday afternoon in Settle and every Thursday afternoon in Skipton. For more information about the cafes, and the exhibition, contact Helen on 07584 015792 or email communitycafe@hortonhousing.co.uk


 
Vital funding to keep community cafés running

Community cafés run by Horton Housing Association in the Selby and Craven Districts of North Yorkshire, have received funding which will enable them to continue running in 2017.

The cafés were selected as one of the eight projects to receive funding from the most recent round of North Yorkshire County Council’s (NYCC) Innovation Fund. Craven community cafés have been awarded £25,000, whilst community cafés in Selby have been awarded £12,500.

The Innovation Fund is delivered by NYCC in partnership with Your Consortium. The fund supports voluntary organisations that aim to reduce the loneliness and isolation often experienced by vulnerable adults.

County Councillor Clare Wood, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health Integration, said: “The Innovation Fund investment is an important part of the County Council’s drive to help people to maintain their independence and to support communities in caring for their vulnerable residents. North Yorkshire is home to an increasingly elderly population, for some of whom isolation is becoming a reality. We are well aware of the effects of loneliness on health and social care and that overcoming isolation is a major challenge across a rural, sparsely populated county.”

The community cafés in Craven and Selby provide a social setting, informal learning sessions and activities to vulnerable adults who have mental health issues and are experiencing or at risk of loneliness and social isolation. The cafes work with a wide range of partners to deliver the sessions including NYCC Adult and Learning Skills Service, North Yorkshire Police, NY Advocacy and Dyneley House Surgery. Sessions include crime prevention, IT skills, health and wellbeing and craft workshops.  

Craven District cafés are held in Skipton and Settle. Community cafés across the Selby District are located in Selby, Eggborough, Hambleton, South Milford and Cridling Stubbs.

Hannah Brown, scheme manager said: “We are delighted that the cafés have been selected to receive the funding which will help us to continue running this year. The cafés are a lifeline to many of our clients. We see what a difference attending the cafés has done to people’s confidence and abilities.” 


 
Free talk on mental illness to be held in Skipton

A free talk by lecturer Dr Tony Gill on the subject of mental illness will be taking place in Skipton on 6 February.

Dr Gill will be talking about the stigma and impact mental illness has on people’s lives, focusing on his research into people living with schizophrenia. 

The talk has been organised by Horton Community Café with support from Craven Mental Health Forum. It follows a successful lecture organised by Craven Mental Health Forum at Giggleswick School, near Settle, in September 2016. The event raised over £116 with more than 60 people in attendance. Voluntary donations collected during this event will go towards Horton Community Cafés. 

Horton Housing Association runs a series of Community Cafés across the Craven and Selby Districts of North Yorkshire. The cafés provide informal courses and activities to vulnerable adults who are experiencing or at risk of loneliness, isolation or low-level mental health issues.

Horton Community Cafe manager, Hannah Brown said: “We are looking forward to Dr Gill’s lecture on mental illness as it is an important issue for the Community Café. We hope that the talk will influence people to tackle the stigmas and dispel the myths surrounding mental illness. We hope to create environments where people can talk more openly about their mental health. Community café staff and volunteers will also be attending the event and will be giving a talk about the role of community cafes in Craven.”

The event will be taking place at The Memorial Hall, Ermysted’s Grammar School, Skipton starting at 6.30pm with arrivals from 6.15pm. No booking needed.

If you would like any further information, please contact Helen Bannister by email: communitycafe@hortonhousing.co.uk or by phoning 07584 015792


 
Craven Community Café and volunteer nominated for community awards

Horton Housing’s Craven Community Café has been nominated for a Craven Community Champion Award in the Best Community Group category.

And one of our volunteers Bev Wright has also been nominated in the Volunteer of the Year Award.

Craven Community Champion Awards is an annual award scheme organised by Craven District Council and the Craven Herald to celebrate the achievements of Craven’s communities and residents.

Horton’s Craven Community Cafes were set up in December 2014 and aim to improve the lives of adults who are at risk of or experiencing social isolation or low-level mental health issues. 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 which help to stop problems escalating and reaching crisis level. They reduce reliance on other expensive statutory services including emergency services.

The Community Cafes are held weekly in accessible venues in Settle and Skipton. The setting provides clients with a friendly, safe and comfortable environment in which to socialise and get support.

Hannah Brown, scheme manager, said: “It is such an honour to be nominated for this award and I am delighted that one of our volunteers, Bev Wright, has also received a nomination for her hard work.

“The cafes provide a vital support network for people in Craven who are feeling socially isolated and lonely.”

The winners of the award will be announced on 12 January 2017. 


 
Credit union offers alternative for those struggling with their finances

Horton Housing is working with Craven District Council and Leeds City Credit Union to give all residents and workers in Craven access to credit union services.  

Leeds Credit Union became available in Craven in October 2015 and has 46 members in the area, with the number increasing every month. It is a ‘mutual’ not-for-profit organisation, run for the benefit of its members alone. The organisation is an alternative option for those who have been turned down by high street banks.

Loans are on offer to members at competitive rates of interest. The loans range from pay day and start-ups for small businesses. The organisation also offers affordable loan payments on top brand electrical goods with The Co-Operative electrical goods scheme. 

Current and saving accounts are provided by the Union. For those who have trouble budgeting, the Union offers a bill paying account. There is also a Young Savers account for people who are under eighteen and an account to encourage account holders to save up for expenses in the upcoming year. Except for the membership account, all accounts pay a dividend of 1%. 

Margaret Parker works across both projects and is promoting Leeds Credit Union alongside her role in the Welfare Reform Support Project.

“Leeds City Credit Union compliments the work of the Welfare Reform Support Project, as it is a great alternative to High Street banks for those who struggle to access mainstream banking services due to bad credit rating or debt.”

For more information or to access support if you are facing any of the difficulties described above, contact Margaret Parker at Craven District Council on 01756 700600.

Website for Leeds City Credit Union: http://www.leedscitycreditunion.co.uk/


 
Support offered to those affected by benefit changes

Horton Housing is working with Craven District Council to deliver a service to those struggling with managing their benefits.

The Welfare Reform Support Project was created by the Council’s Housing Services and Housing Benefits teams. Horton Housing was successful in their bid to secure a three year contract with the council. They began delivering the project this year.

The project provides support to people in Craven who are facing poverty or at risk of homelessness due to any aspect of Welfare Reform. This will include new claimants of Universal Credit, available across Craven from November. 

Support and advice is also available to those who will be affected by the upcoming cap on Housing Benefit this Autumn.

Margaret Parker is the Welfare Reform Support Project worker. She has taken up this role alongside her other project, promoting Leeds Credit Union in the area. 

She said: “My role is to give advice and support to people in Craven who are affected by the new benefit changes. We can offer advice and practical support on benefits, tenancies and finances.  The support is unique in that it is really flexible and responsive to individual need.  We can work really intensively with someone to prevent homelessness and relieve financial difficulty.” 

For more information or to access support if you are facing any of the difficulties described above, contact Margaret Parker at Craven District Council on 01756 700600.


 
Help Craven Community Cafes win vital funding
Image of client smiling at support worker

Horton Housing’s Craven Community Cafes are appealing for support to win up to £25,000 from the Aviva Community Fund. 
Projects from across the UK are competing to win funding from the insurance company and the finalists will be determined by a public vote. 
The voting is open until 18 November and Horton Housing, which runs the cafes, is asking people in Craven to support them by voting via the website: https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/16-2811
Craven Community Cafes aim to improve the lives of people who are at risk of or experiencing social isolation or low-level mental health issues. Informal learning sessions and activities help clients increase their confidence, develop skills and access volunteering and employment opportunities. 
Originally funded by North Yorkshire County Council’s Innovation Fund, the cafes are an early intervention and prevention service which help to prevent problems escalating and reaching crisis level. They reduce reliance on other expensive statutory services including emergency services.
The community cafes are held weekly in community venues in Settle and Skipton. The setting provides clients with a safe and comfortable environment in which to socialise and get support. Pop-up sessions are also held in more remote and isolated communities and at events such as Sutton Fun Day and Malham Show to reach out to clients in more rural areas. 
Community Development Worker Helen Bannister said: “The cafes have been extremely successful in helping to reduce loneliness, build confidence and create community networks in Craven. 
“This funding will help the cafes to continue to provide this level of support for people who have become socially isolated or are struggling.”
Sessions (which are usually delivered in partnership with other organisations) include IT skills, managing a budget, healthy eating, keeping warm, exercise and craft sessions, setting goals and improving health and wellbeing.


 
Bradford Day Shelter wins national housing award

Bradford Day Shelter has won a Community Impact Award in a campaign organised by the National Housing Federation. 
The Day Shelter, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has won the award for smaller housing associations. The awards recognise the impact housing associations have on the local community.
Last year, Horton Housing won the Health and Wellbeing category with its Bradford Respite and Intermediate Care and Support Service (BRICSS). 
Paul Gartland, Horton Housing’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “This award demonstrates the hard work our staff do every day to meet the needs of people who are homeless or living in poor quality housing in the Bradford district. 
“Over the past 40 years the Day Shelter in Edmund Street has provided a warm, safe place for vulnerable people to get the help they need to live independently.”
The Day Shelter is open seven days a week (including Bank Holidays and Christmas Day) from 8.30am until 3pm. It provides a hot breakfast and a midday meal, and is an open access and referral point to a wide range of services. These include help with housing, healthcare, welfare benefits, drug and alcohol issues, mental health support, and access to food, laundry, clothing and bathing facilities. 
Sarah Reece-Mills, Director of Partnerships and Programmes at Groundwork UK and the judge for this category, said: “It’s great to see that Bradford Day Shelter are receiving well-deserved recognition for all work they have done to help local Bradford residents.
“Horton Housing Association have proven that by providing vulnerable and homeless people with the stability of a safe place to go and a helping hand allows those most in need to be put on track to a successful future. We hope that their hard work continues to help many more people across Bradford.” 
The Day Shelter will close at the end of November and a new service will be run by an alternative provider from different premises from 1 December, following a recent tender process. 

 


 
Bradford Day Shelter to close after 40 years

Bradford Day Shelter is to close at the end of November after 40 years.

The service will be run from different premises from 1 December, following the recent tender process.

Paul Gartland, Chief Executive of Horton Housing, said: “The Day Shelter has been in operation in Bradford since 1976, and over the years has provided a lifeline to countless number of clients. The Day Shelter is also an important part of Horton’s history. The association has developed and grown out of the Day Shelter and many of our staff have worked there throughout the years. We are very sad to see the Day Shelter close.

“We would like to thank all our staff, volunteers and supporters who have worked so hard to make the Day Shelter such a success over the years.”


 
Horton’s commitment to Equality and Diversity recognised
Investors in Diversity logo

Horton Housing has retained the Investors in Diversity Stage Two accreditation, following an assessment by the National Centre for Diversity.

Horton has held the status since 2010. It is a nationally-recognised quality mark demonstrating the commitment of the organisation to achieving and improving equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) practices in the workplace.

Horton Housing manages more than 30 different housing, training and support services across Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and North Yorkshire. It provides specialist support and quality accommodation for the most vulnerable in society including people who are homeless, young people, older people, people with mental health problems, people with drug and alcohol addiction, refugees, gypsies and travellers, and ex-offenders.

The assessment involved online questionnaires with stakeholders, employees and clients of Horton Housing and a day of interviews with members of staff and service users. Evidence including policies, recruitment advertising, training documents, case studies and board reports was also gathered.

The assessor Jo Barton wrote in her report: “Horton Housing has made a massive commitment to embedding an inclusive culture as this is part of the ethos and everyday practice of the organisation.”

Paul Gartland, Chief Executive Officer for Horton Housing, said: “I am delighted that we have retained this very important status which recognises the commitment of Horton to equality and diversity.

“Everyone plays a part in creating a culture where we promote and celebrate diversity, ensure people are treated fairly and with respect, and are encouraged to raise and discuss any issues that they might face.”

The accreditation will run until June 2018.

For more information about the Investors in Diversity award, visit http://www.nationalcentrefordiversity.com/home/services/investors-in-diversity/


 
Horton Housing wins national award for ‘Outstanding Landlord of the Year’
Collecting the award at the UK Housing Awards 2016

Horton Housing Association has been successful in the prestigious UK Housing Awards in the category ‘Outstanding Landlord of the Year’.

The national awards, which are organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing Magazine and were held in London on 26 April 2016, recognise achievement in social housing and highlight ingenuity, creativity and passion among the housing sector. 

Horton Housing’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Gartland said: “We are incredibly proud to have won this award. It recognises Horton Housing as a small but dynamic landlord, performing well amongst some very well established and large organisations that were excellent in this category.

“Many of our services have been developed to address a particular social need, for example our Oak Mount residential care home which is the first in the UK to offer wet accommodation in this type of setting.

"Our ‘home from hospital’ scheme, BRICSS, has been widely recognised as an innovative solution to reducing bed-blocking in hospitals and we were the first organisation in the UK to sign up to the Government’s Vulnerable Person’s Relocation Scheme, helping to resettle Syrian refugees in the UK.”

Horton Housing manages more than 30 different housing, training and support services across Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and North Yorkshire. It provides specialist support and quality accommodation for the most vulnerable in society including people who are homeless, young people, older people, people with mental health problems, people with drug and alcohol addiction, refugees, gypsies and travellers, and ex-offenders.


 
Horton's Hisham is a 'housing hero'
Mhd Hisham Al-Mahayni

Support Worker Mhd Hisham Al-Mahayni has been shortlisted for the ‘Inspirational Colleague of the Year’ category in the national Housing Heroes Awards 2016.

Hisham works for Horton Housing Association’s Vulnerable Person’s Relocation Scheme (VPRS). He is one of four support workers helping Syrian refugees to integrate into their new life in Bradford.

The support provided by Horton Housing includes securing accommodation, helping people to access English lessons and training opportunities, introducing clients to community activities and ensuring that healthcare and welfare benefits are in place.

Hisham, who is from Syria himself, has helped clients above and beyond the expectations of his role. He has provided interviews, translation and support when dealing with the media, organised school transport and after school care for three young children whose mother needed to go to hospital, travelled 90 miles to ensure a disabled child’s biometric was completed and provided Arabic interpretation for clients attending medical appointments.

He has also shared his knowledge and experience of Syrian culture to help other members of staff understand the needs of our refugees and enable Horton Housing to provide a high quality service for vulnerable people coming through the Government’s VPRS programme.

Paul Gartland, Horton Housing’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Hisham has shown exceptional passion and commitment to assisting vulnerable refugees to resettle into the UK.

“He has worked way above what could reasonably have been expected of him to ensure that people feel safe and secure in their new home and to help refugees to tell their story to those that wish to listen and learn. He has helped people not just in Bradford, but throughout the world, understand their experiences. He is a truly outstanding employee.”

Hisham said: “When I came to England I wasn’t planning to stay here, but only to complete my Masters degree and return back to Syria. However, due to the war in Syria I stayed in England, but I set a goal for myself and my family to be productive and help people as much as I can in society, nationally and internationally, if I can. Horton Housing gave me the opportunity to achieve some of my goals and I am grateful for this.”

The Housing Heroes Awards are organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing Magazine. They aim to shine the spotlight on the teams and individuals that make housing such a vibrant and caring sector. Many of the awards celebrate the ‘unsung heroes’ of the housing world.

Hisham will find out on Monday, 27 June whether he has won the award.


 
Mental health training offered in Craven

Organisations that support or come into contact with people with poor mental health are being offered free training by people who have ‘lived experience’ of mental ill health or distress.

Horton Housing has secured funding to offer the mental wellbeing training, which has been designed and delivered by volunteer trainers, to organisations across Craven.

The volunteer trainers have all had personal experience of mental health issues or mental distress. People attending the course will gain a unique perspective into how it feels to experience mental ill health and the issues people face in the workplace.

The training aims to:

  • Increase knowledge and understanding of mental health issues in the workplace
  • Provide organisations with a toolkit and the skills to employ and retain volunteers with mental health issues
  • Expand opportunities for people with mental health issues in the workplace and create new opportunities for employers.

The training will take place at:

  • Skipton library, on Tuesday 24 May and Tuesday, 12 July, 1.30pm-3.30pm
  • Crosshills library, on Tuesday, 7 June, 1.30pm-3.30pm
  • Ingleton library, on Tuesday, 14 June, 9.30am-11.30am
  • Settle library, on Wednesday, 15 June, 9.30am-11.30am
  • Bentham library, on Tuesday, 21 June, 1.30pm-3.30pm

The project is funded through the North Yorkshire Stronger Communities Programme and is run by Horton Housing’s Community Cafes.

Hannah Brown, scheme manager, said: “This is a really good opportunity to learn more about mental health issues in the workplace from people who have lived experience.

“We have been lucky enough to recruit 12 volunteers through our community cafes to deliver this unique training.”

Please note that places are limited and must be booked. Priority will be given to voluntary and community sector organisations. The closing date for bookings is Monday, 18 April 2016.

For more information, or to book a place, please contact Helen Bannister by emailing communitycafe@hortonhousing.co.uk or by phone on 07584 015792. 


 
Life-changing project in Bradford wins national award
Paul, one of our BRICSS clients

A life changing initiative in Bradford has been recognised by the public and the housing world with a national award after a busy week of online voting.
The Bradford Respite and Integrated Care and Support Service (BRICSS), run by Horton Housing in partnership with Bevan Healthcare CIC, was shortlisted by industry judges from over 100 entries for the National Housing Federation’s Community Impact Week awards.
The Health and Wellbeing award recognises projects that tackle inequalities, promote independence, improve health and wellbeing and work closely with health and social care services.
The project was voted as the category winner thanks to its contribution to reducing ‘bed blocking’ in hospitals by providing high quality accommodation and health care to people leaving hospital who are either homeless or living in unsuitable or poor housing.
The awards were part of Community Impact Week which aimed to showcase the tremendous difference housing associations make to neighbourhoods and local people, celebrating and showcasing the diverse range of achievements and projects across the country.
Housing associations across the country were recognised for projects contributing to Greener Living, Better Neighbourhoods, Health and Wellbeing and Investing in People.
Paul Gartland, Chief Executive of Horton Housing, said: “We’re delighted to have been recognised by our peers with a Community Impact Week award. BRICSS has transformed hundreds of people’s lives in the Bradford district since its launch two years ago. I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate the team, and everyone who has contributed to the service.”
Gina Rowlands, Managing Director of Bevan Healthcare CIC, said: “This is a well deserved award for the BRICSS project. It is a truly innovative way of delivering immediate care to some of the most vulnerable members of society. This has been achieved through partnership working and integrating health and social care. It has shown forward thinking from both the CCGs and Public Health in Bradford.”
David Orr, the National Housing Federation's Chief Executive, said: “I am always proud to see projects which help to create a strong sense of community and give local people the power to get involved and make a real difference to their neighbourhoods. Today’s Community Impact Award winners are just a snapshot of the hugely beneficial work housing associations are doing up and down the country and it’s been fantastic to see so many getting involved in the public vote this year.”
For more information about Community Impact Week, visit www.housing.org.uk/ciweek


 
Horton Housing raises £3,000 for Support Dogs with 30th anniversary challenge
Support Dogs

Staff from Horton Housing have raised £3,000 for Support Dogs UK by completing a health and wellbeing challenge.  
Horton Housing launched the initiative in January 2015 to challenge staff to walk, swim, run or cycle 30,000 miles during the organisation’s 30th anniversary year. 
Staff were sponsored 10 pence a mile to be donated to a charity of their choice, up to a total of £3,000. In an online vote, staff voted overwhelmingly to fundraise for Support Dogs UK. 
Support Dogs is a national charity, based in Yorkshire, which trains specialist assistance dogs to improve the independence and quality of life for people living with the most challenging medical conditions. 
The money raised will pay for the ongoing 24/7 care and support for a support dog (and its owner) for 18 months. 
Paul Gartland, Chief Executive of Horton Housing, said: “Our staff have risen to the challenge and smashed the target with still another month left to go. 
“As an organisation which helps vulnerable people to live independently, we were pleased to be able to donate to another charity which does the same but in a very different way.”
Staff have been taking part in a number of events throughout the year including the Race for Life, Total Warrior, Bradford 10k and other challenges as well as recording walking to work, cycling at the weekend and activities at the gym. 
Danny Anderson, Fundraising Manager, said “We are thrilled with the support that we have received from Horton Housing. The money raised will have a life changing effect on those we support affected by autism, epilepsy and physical disability. We are so grateful to everyone who has contributed to this donation.”

 


 
Please vote for Horton Housing in the Community Impact Awards!
Paul Birtle, BRICSS client

An innovative scheme to prevent ‘bed blocking’ in Bradford hospitals has been shortlisted for a Community Impact Award. 
The Bradford Respite and Integrated Care and Support Scheme (BRICSS) provides high quality short-term accommodation for people being discharged from hospital that are homeless or living in inadequate housing. 
Run by Horton Housing Association, in partnership with Bevan Healthcare CIC, the scheme is one of the first of its kind in the country and has since been adopted as a pilot in other areas. 
While at BRICSS, clients get help to find appropriate long-term accommodation to prevent homelessness reoccurring. Clients also get help to tackle other issues including drug or alcohol misuse problems, mental health issues, financial issues and / or issues with neglect or abuse. Support continues after they leave BRICSS. 
The scheme has now been shortlisted in the Health and Wellbeing category of the awards, which are run by the National Housing Federation. The winner will be chosen by public vote so please cast your vote by Sunday, 22 November. 
Please cast your vote at: http://ciw.housing.org.uk/polls/health-wellbeing
Services Director Linda McGowan said: “Homeless people are six times more likely to access healthcare through A&E departments and their length of stay in hospital is likely to be three times as long.
“BRICSS provides safe, secure and comfortable accommodation for people who would otherwise be stuck in hospital because they either have no home to go to or are living in such poor accommodation they would struggle to recover and would end up back in hospital.”
An independent report found that the scheme has increased planned and relevant primary healthcare e.g. managing medicine, visiting GPs, and reduced unplanned and inappropriate contact with secondary care e.g. frequent visits to A&E and admissions to hospital. It looked at six cases in detail and found that these saved more than £280,000, most of which would have been spent on lengthy stays in hospital.
Client surveys indicated a high level of satisfaction with the accommodation and services offered, saying they feel more confident in managing their home, health and finances.
Paul Birtle, from Bingley, came to BRICSS after a bad fall which broken his spine. 
The 50-year-old granddad was referred to BRICSS by the pathway co-ordinator based at Bradford Royal Infirmary. 
At BRICSS, a doctor from Bevan Healthcare comes to see him once a week to check his health and medication. His spinal injury is now almost healed and he has also managed to stop drinking. 
As well as providing a place to live, Paul is able to access alcohol recovery support programmes and is now applying to live in an intensive housing scheme run by Horton Housing. He has started to eat properly again and is feeling better. 
 Paul said: “I don’t want to leave. I love it. Any problems you have, you just go and see the staff and they’ll help you. I couldn’t wish for a better place. The staff have got your back.
“They are helping me to get my act together. They give you help with forms you have to fill in and any other problems you might have.”

 


 
Could you help support young people in Calderdale?
Manager helping client with JobSearch

A Halifax-based advice service for young people facing homelessness is looking for volunteers.

The Young Persons Prevention and Support Service (YPASS) in Northgate offers support to 16-19 year olds in the district who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The service, which is run by Horton Housing, is looking for volunteers who are interested in fundraising or who want to get involved with organising events and client activities (for example art sessions, job search) and supporting the regular drop-ins for young people.

It would also be interested in hearing from anyone who could help with administration, including inputting data, answering calls and organising paperwork.

Scheme manager Vicky Bogg said: “Volunteering is a great way of using your skills to help young people in the district to get the support they need to avoid being made homeless.

“We offer excellent training and support for volunteers. The work is interesting, varied and you would be helping to transforming the lives of young people in Calderdale.”

If you would like to volunteer, please get in touch with Vicky for more information, on 01422 385993 or by emailing ypass@hortonhousing.co.uk 


 
Peer mentoring scheme appeals for new befrienders
Peer Mentors

A peer mentoring scheme which helps people with mental health problems is appealing for volunteers. 
Horton Housing’s peer mentoring scheme is a befriending scheme which matches volunteers with clients who need an extra helping hand. Volunteers spend a couple of hours a week with their client, perhaps taking them shopping, going swimming, to the cinema or just having a cup of tea and a chat. 
All volunteers are fully trained and the scheme is particularly looking for people who have experienced mental health issues themselves. The training is very practical and you do not need previous experience to apply. If you have problems with reading or writing, you can still apply.
Esther Holroyd, Peer Mentor Co-ordinator, said: “We look favourably on people who have had their own personal experience of mental health issues or perhaps have had a family member with these issues. 
“Volunteers are fully trained and will be subject to a DBS check. You will be matched carefully with a client to ensure that you get on and have things in common.”
Peter, one of the peer mentors, said: “I think it’s really important to have interests in common so you can relate to the person and gradually build up their trust in you. Often people in that situation are very lonely. I know what that loneliness feels like, and it’s awful.”
Another peer mentor Chris has been helping his client access activities such as pottery and t’ai chi. Chris said: “I felt worthless for years. Now I know I have something to give.” 
The scheme is hosting a drop-in event on Monday, 12 October, at its offices on the Fieldhead Business Centre in Bradford. If you are interested in finding out more about the scheme, please come along between 10am and 3pm or ring Esther on 01274 379725 or 07584 015790 (mobile). 

Read about Linda's experiences as a peer mentor: http://www.hortonhousing.co.uk/linda-story.asp

 


 
Could you make Christmas special for those in need?
Staff in Christmas jumpers

Bradford Day Shelter is appealing for volunteers to help its clients have a pleasant and joyful Christmas. 
The Day Shelter, run by Horton Housing, is based on Edmund Street in central Bradford and offers a lifeline to people who are either homeless, living in poor quality accommodation, or who are facing housing and other complex problems. 
It offers an open door service for people over 18, providing breakfast and a midday meal, free facilities such as showers, laundry and health care, and access to help and advice seven days a week, from 8.30am until 3pm.  On Christmas Day, the Day Shelter will provide a full Christmas dinner for up to 150 people.
We are looking for volunteers for the festive period from 14 December to 3rd January. You can help out one day or more. You will join a very dynamic and jolly team of kitchen staff and support workers. Your duties will mainly include helping with food preparation, general kitchen duties and serving food. 
Day Shelter Manager Magda Dziurkowska said: “Christmas at the Day Shelter is a lot of fun and you will be helping to brighten someone’s Christmas. It might even brighten your own Christmas as well!”
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Magda via email Dayshelter@hortonhousing.co.uk or phone 01274 393234 and leave your name, the days you wish to volunteer and a contact number and they will get back to you.

 


 
New company to increase provision of social housing in Yorkshire
Chartford Housing logo

Horton Housing Group has officially registered a new company, Chartford Housing, with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which will increase the provision of social housing in West and North Yorkshire. 
As a ‘Registered Provider’ Chartford Housing Limited can access funding that is not available to Horton Housing Association, such as grants from the HCA’s Affordable Homes Programme.
The new organisation, which is also a registered charity, will specialise in providing homes to vulnerable people and continue to tackle homelessness and barriers that prevent people from managing their tenancies. 
It will concentrate on bringing empty properties back into use and has already secured £700,000 from the HCA to create 25 self-contained flats in the Bradford district and develop a further 10 homes in Halifax. In addition to creating these new homes, Chartford Housing will also manage a further 200 properties across West and North Yorkshire. 
Chartford Housing has been set up as a subsidiary of Horton Housing Group and has its own Board. Clients of Chartford Housing will be able to access support from other Horton services, including the training centre which offers a wide range of courses to help people get back into employment. 
Finance Director David Collier said: “This is a significant step in the growth of Horton Housing Group and allows us to access funding that has previously been unavailable to us. 
“Horton Housing has more than 30 years’ experience working with vulnerable people in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and North Yorkshire and provides a wide range of services which Chartford Housing tenants can access, including training, employability skills and Jobsearch. 
“By providing specialist support for vulnerable people, and decent homes in which to live, we are helping people to stay in their homes and maintain tenancies. This in turn helps to reduce the incidents of homelessness in the areas in which we work.” 
Chartford Housing was officially registered with the HCA on Thursday, 1 October 2015. 

 


 
Important changes to Craven community cafes
Man drinking from coffee cup

From October, there will be important changes to Horton Housing’s community cafes in the Craven district. 

Ingleton community cafe will now be held in Settle. It will run every Wednesday, between 1.15pm and 4.15pm at the Meeting House in Kirkgate. The first session will be held on Wednesday, 7 October.  

Skipton community cafe will continue to run every Thursday, between 1pm and 4pm, but has moved to a new venue at St Andrew’s Hall. This is due to increased demand for the cafe. The cafe will continue to be run in partnership with Dyneley House Surgery. 

The monthly community cafes in Embsay and Gargrave have now finished and Horton Housing is exploring transport options to allow people to access the cafes in Settle and Skipton instead. 

Horton Housing will continue to also run ‘pop up’ sessions across the district. On Tuesday, 6 October we will be holding a cafe at Skipton Library as part of World Mental Health Day. The cafe will run from 10am until 12 noon and is being run in partnership with Craven Mental Health Forum and Dyneley House Surgery. All are welcome. 

The cafes, which are funded by North Yorkshire County Council’s Innovation Fund, continue to be popular. The sessions provide activities and support for over 18s in a cafe-style atmosphere, giving people chance to relax, socialise and share experiences with peers and professionals working in housing and social care. Our support workers also sign post people to other services and one-to-one support is provided where needed. 
For more information about the cafes, please visit www.hortonhousing.co.uk, email communitycafe@hortonhousing.co.uk or ring 07584 015792. You can also find Craven Community Cafe on Twitter and Facebook. 


 
OPINION: Why we’re happy to employ ex-offenders
No Offence logo

This blog first appeared on the Inside Housing website: http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/debate/communications-network/why-were-happy-to-employ-ex-offenders/7011926.blog

 

By Linda McGowan, Services Director, Horton Housing

Earlier this year we signed a pledge to ensure people with convictions were given opportunities in the workplace.
Although ‘Unlock Your Future’ is a new initiative, launched by the community interest company No Offence, Horton Housing has a long history of employing people with convictions, as both staff and volunteers.
We work closely with the Prison Service and charities such as No Offence to create a path for people leaving prison to access voluntary and employment opportunities, as well as help with housing and settling back into community life.
We recognise that employment is a significant opportunity for people to break the cycle of offending and that a lot of people with great skills and attitude are often overlooked in recruitment because of convictions.
We judge people on merit, not on past and we are more than happy to give people a chance to turn their lives around. It takes a great deal of strength and resilience to break the pattern of offending and we recognise that people who have been through this experience often have a lot to offer in the workplace.
Of course we don’t take these decisions lightly. We look closely at the offence in question and any pattern of offending, and take steps to ensure that offenders do not pose any risk to clients or service provision.
Convictions can often be a result of other issues, such as drug or alcohol misuse, and once these issues are addressed, offending is not even an issue. For example, one of our workers Eddie (not his real name) had a long history of alcohol dependency and was a prolific offender.
His convictions over 20 years ranged from drunk and disorderly charges to commercial burglary and were inextricably linked to his drinking. His offending stopped when he went into recovery and he’s never looked back.
Eddie spent a year recovering from acute alcohol dependency before moving on to voluntary work and then employment with Horton Housing.
Another of our employees is now a manager. Melanie (not her real name) was convicted of tax fraud and given a prison sentence. She joined Horton Housing as a support worker while on day release from Prison and has since been promoted. She’s put her past behind her and is a well regarded and highly trusted manager.
Everyone deserves a second chance and employers that overlook people with convictions are missing out.

 


 
Skipton Community Cafe nominated for Craven award
Man drinking from mug at Skipton community cafe

Skipton Community Cafe has been nominated for a Craven Community Champion Award.

The Craven Community Champion Awards were established in 2012 by Craven District Council and The Craven Herald to celebrate the achievements of Craven’s communities and recognise the valuable contribution local people make to improving the lives of local people.

Horton Housing’s innovative scheme has been nominated in the Best Community Group category in the awards, which will be announced on 29 October 2015.

Scheme manager Hannah Brown said: “We are delighted to be nominated for this award. The cafes have been running for about a year now and have proven so popular in Skipton that we have had to find a bigger venue!

“Feedback from the cafes has been excellent, and through a relatively simple concept, we have managed to reach out to a lot of people in the Craven district who have been experiencing loneliness, low-level mental health problems or social isolation.”

Skipton Community Cafe is held every Thursday, between 1pm and 4pm, at St Andrew’s Hall. Skipton. It was originally held at Dyneley House Barn but growing numbers meant a bigger venue had to be found. The cafe retains close links with Dyneley House GP Surgery in the town.

Funded by North Yorkshire County Council’s Innovation Fund, the community cafes help to tackle loneliness and social isolation, and improve mental health and wellbeing, in the Craven and Selby districts.

The sessions provide activities and support for over 18s in a cafe-style atmosphere, giving people chance to relax, socialise and share experiences with peers and professionals working in housing and social care. Horton Housing’s support workers also sign post people to other services and provide one-to-one support where needed.

Horton Housing works with a wide range of partners to deliver the sessions including North Yorkshire Police, Dyneley House Surgery, North Yorkshire County Council’s Adult Learning and Skills Service and Library Services, and Wigan Community Leisure Trust. Sessions include craft, crime prevention, IT sessions and light exercise, and are based on the needs of those attending.

From October, alongside our Skipton community cafe, weekly sessions will also be held at the Meeting House in Settle.

 


 
OPINION: Stopping the revolving door of hospital admissions
Linda McGowan services director

This blog post was originally posted on the Inside Housing website

http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/specialist-housing-solutions-can-stop-the-revolving-door-of-hospital-admissions/7011472.blog

 

By Linda McGowan, Services Director

Research has demonstrated that people who are homeless are six times more likely to access healthcare through Accident and Emergency departments and 40 times less likely to be registered with a GP than the general population. 

Once admitted to hospital, their length of stay is likely to be three times as long – an average of 6.2 days compared to 2.1 days. Having no home to go to, or only very poor quality housing, is a key factor in delaying discharge from hospital. 

Providing integrated housing and health solutions to meet some of the health needs of homeless people is one way housing associations like ours can help reduce the demand for acute NHS services and increase the take-up of less expensive and more suitable primary care alternatives. 

Bradford Respite and Integrated Care and Support Service (BRICSS) was set up in December 2013 following a successful bid for funding from the Department of Health’s Homeless Hospital Discharge fund. The funding paid for the capital costs of the building, three months of initial revenue costs, and has helped us, alongside our partner Bevan Healthcare CIC, to attract 100% revenue funding from Bradford Council’s Public Health department and Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). 

BRICSS offers short-term accommodation for people who are coming out of hospital but are either homeless or haven’t got anywhere suitable for them to recover. Eligible clients are identified by a member of our staff who is based at the hospital as part of the Pathway team. This means we can make ward-based assessments and referrals to BRICSS. Once at our scheme, clients can access clinical and social care provided by Bevan Healthcare CIC, which specialises in health provision for homeless people in the city. 

We have 14 self-contained units, close to the city centre, which provide safe and comfortable accommodation for people coming out of hospital. While our clients are staying with us, we help them to address other issues which may be affecting their ability to maintain a tenancy including alcohol or drug dependency, benefits and debt advice, immigration and asylum issues, neglect, financial, sexual, emotional or physical abuse, mental health problems or managing long-term health problems such as TB, HIV and Diabetes. 

Typically, clients stay between six and eight weeks before moving on to suitable housing, for example one of our intensive housing schemes, other types of social housing, sheltered accommodation or private accommodation. 

An independent report by the York Health Economics Consortium found that for every £1 invested in our service, the cost of the benefits gained amounted to between £2 and £4. There are also wider social benefits to schemes like ours. Clients say they feel more confident managing their own home, their health and their finances and are leading a more active social life. BRICSS clients use acute healthcare less frequently or for a shorter period of time than before, irrespective of their underlying clinical problem. 

Without the intervention of BRICSS, clients would quickly be re-admitted as they are not able to recover at home or manage their significant health problems. By providing an integrated health and housing solution to meet the needs of homeless people in the city, we are not only saving the tax payer money but reducing the demand on acute NHS services.   


 
Community cafes nominated for regional award
Man drinking from coffee cup

Horton Housing’s community cafes in Craven and Selby have been nominated for the Best Community Project award in North Yorkshire County Council’s inaugural Community Awards 2015. 
The awards recognise, celebrate and showcase the work carried out by volunteers and communities across the county and the winner will be announced at the Wider Partnership Conference on 16 October 2015. 
Funded by North Yorkshire County Council’s Innovation Fund, our community cafes help to tackle loneliness and social isolation, and improve mental health and wellbeing, in the Selby and Craven districts. 
The project has been running in Selby since 2012, and last year we secured extra funding to expand into more rural areas of the Selby district and to set up a project in Craven. 
Community cafes are currently held weekly in Skipton, Ingleton, Selby, Eggborough and Tadcaster; fortnightly in Sherburn-in-Elmet, Hambleton and Womersley and monthly in Embsay and Gargrave. ‘Pop up’ sessions are also held in more remote and isolated communities. 
The sessions provide activities and support for over 18s in a cafe-style atmosphere, giving people chance to relax, socialise and share experiences with peers and professionals working in housing and social care. Our support workers also sign post people to other services and one-to-one support is provided where needed. 
Scheme manager Hannah Brown said: “We run the sessions from existing community buildings, which have been chosen based on their accessibility and proximity to the vulnerable communities we work with. An excellent example of this is our partnership with Dyneley House Surgery in Skipton, where our community cafe runs from their barn, immediately accessible to all GP patients and the wider community.
“As of August 2015, the cafes had reached out to over 200 clients in the Selby district and 124 in the Craven area, far surpassing the target of 85, and numbers are growing weekly. 
“Those attending have reported stark improvements in their emotional resilience, feelings of self-worth, their mental and physical health and their ability to access services and support networks. Some of the clients attending the sessions have progressed to volunteering for the project.”
We work with a wide range of partners to deliver the sessions including North Yorkshire Police, Dyneley House Surgery, Selby DIAL, North Yorkshire County Council’s Adult Learning and Skills Service and Library Services, and Wigan Community Leisure Trust. Sessions include craft, crime prevention, IT sessions and light exercise, and are based on the needs of those attending. 
For more information about the cafes, visit www.hortonhousing.co.uk or contact us via email at communitycafe@hortonhousing.co.uk or ring 07584 015792 (Craven) or 07525 667905 (Selby). 

 


 
OPINION: People struggling with addiction need support, not sanctions

This blog post was originally posted on the Inside Housing website: 

http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/people-struggling-with-addiction-need-support-not-sanctions/7011367.blog 

 

The announcement that people with drug, alcohol or obesity problems could have their benefits cut if they refuse government-provided treatment brings us back to the age-old argument of the deserving and undeserving poor. 
Drug and alcohol dependency doesn’t occur in isolation. It’s deep rooted in a number of different issues including abuse, grief, redundancy, financial hardship and vulnerability. People often find themselves unable to work and often homeless as a result of their addiction. 
We work with a wide range of clients with drug and alcohol problems, many of whom have tried to address their issues using such treatment programmes. It often takes several attempts to conquer an addiction and what works for one person won’t work for all. Waiting lists for counselling can be lengthy and medication is not always available or suitable for every person. 
The counter argument is of course that this is a ‘lifestyle choice’ but few of our clients would say that they have chosen this path. And if we stretch this point to its conclusion, should sky divers be refused NHS treatment if they break a bone? Should their children not be allowed to attend school? Perhaps they should no longer have their bins emptied? Where do we draw the line? 
Conquering an addiction takes a tremendous amount of strength, courage and resilience. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Creating a society in which people struggling with obesity or addiction are no longer entitled to benefits is just going to make their problems worse. 
Let’s not forget that being able to claim benefits often equates to having a roof over your head, food on the table and a warm place to sleep at night. A person who is unable to maintain their tenancy will end up on the streets; if a person can’t afford food or shelter they will end up in hospital; and if they aren’t offered a helping hand then their

 
OPINION: Housing benefit changes are going to hit vulnerable young people hard
Young man sitting on sofa

This blog was originally posted on the Inside Housing website. 

http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/debate/housing-benefit-changes-are-going-to-hit-vulnerable-young-people-hard/7011202.blog

 

The Government’s austerity measures, it seems, are making it harder and harder for vulnerable young people to secure and manage a tenancy. 
From April 2017, those aged between 16 and 21 who are out of work, will not be automatically entitled to claim housing benefit. 
The announcement is very worrying for housing support services such our YPASS (Young Person’s Advice and Support Service) scheme which works with young people who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness. 
For many of the young people coming through our doors, living at home with parents is simply not an option. They may be experiencing violence or abuse at home, may have been kicked out of home or may be too old for foster care arrangements. Young parents in particular may often struggle to get a place to live. 
Finding a job in today’s economic climate is not always that easy. According to figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) in February, the youth unemployment rate is the worst for 20 years and 16-24 year olds are three times as likely to be jobless than the rest of the population. The figures showed that there are 498,000 in that age group without a job. 
Even young people in work are likely to get paid less. The wage of an apprentice under 19 or in their first year of an apprenticeship is just £2.73 an hour, rising to £6.50 an hour for those aged over 21. For those at the bottom end of the scale, earning just over £100 a week, it’s not going to be easy to manage rent, bills and food. Young people will not benefit from the National Living Wage announcement either as that will only apply to those over 25. 
Young people already face enough barriers to even getting their own tenancy, let alone maintaining it. Landlords are often reluctant to rent their properties out to young people with no track record of managing a home. 
Young people may struggle to get enough money together for a deposit. They may not have the budgeting skills to manage their money and may not even be able to access a bank account which offers direct debit facilities. Even getting together ID such as a passport or a driving licence can sometimes be an issue. 
We try to help young people by offering a mediation service, advice and support sessions, a bond guarantee scheme and welcome packs with some of the basics young people need to set up a home. Some young people start off their tenancies without as much as a kettle or bedding, so these little things make a real difference. 
The Government says that some ‘vulnerable young people’ will be excluded from the housing benefit changes but what does this mean in reality? Surely all young people who find themselves without anywhere to live are vulnerable?

 

 


 
Housing advice sessions for young people in Calderdale

Horton Housing is working in partnership with schools and colleges in Calderdale to raise students’ awareness of housing issues.

 

Sandy Ancliffe, a mediation and prevention worker from the Young Person’s Prevention and Support Service (YPASS) based in Halifax, has been running drop-in sessions at schools and colleges, including Calderdale College, to provide information to young people about the realities of managing a tenancy and to give advice and support to young people.

 

Gudrun Haskins-Carlisle, Services Director for Horton Housing, said: “Getting help with issues such as family relationships, finding suitable accommodation and managing money can make all the difference to young people, who might otherwise struggle to continue with their studies.

 

“Our aim is to prevent any young person in Calderdale getting to the point where they become homeless. By delivering the sessions in schools and colleges, students should find it easier to access our services and get the help and advice they need to sort out their housing issues.”

 

Horton Housing’s YPASS service offers support for young people aged 16-19 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The support and drop-in service, based in Northgate, Halifax, offers:

  • support to find accommodation
  • support to overcome issues that are preventing the young person accessing housing, such as managing money, substance or alcohol misuse, education and training needs, and finding employment
  • a mediation service to help young people who may be having problems with family members to remain at home
  • a bond guarantee scheme, whereby Horton Housing Association works with private landlords to secure accommodation for the young person
  • ‘welcome packs’ which provide young people with the basics they need to set up a home such as a kettle, toaster and bedding.

 
Horton Housing helps ex-offenders to ‘unlock their future’

Horton Housing is one of 25 organisations in the country to sign up to a pledge to give opportunities for people with convictions.

‘Unlock Your Future’ is a new initiative to use a key symbol on job adverts indicating that an employer will consider all applications on their merit and not on people’s past. 

The initiative has been set up by social enterprise No Offence and aims to break down barriers to employment for people with convictions.

Horton Housing has a long history of successfully employing people with convictions as both employees and volunteers. The housing association, which delivers support, training and housing services in Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale and North Yorkshire, recognises that employment is a significant opportunity for people to break the cycle of reoffending.

Services director Linda McGowan will be speaking at a conference at HMP Oakwood on 1 July about Horton’s experience of employing staff and volunteers with convictions. More details of the event can be found here: http://bit.ly/1PHECt6

She said: “Getting a job can be particular difficult for people who have been in prison or who have convictions.

“Often it is very hard to even get an interview, let alone a job, even though people may have the right skills and aptitude for the role.

“At Horton Housing we judge people on merit, not on their past experiences, and we are more than happy to give people a chance to turn their lives around.

“It takes a great deal of strength and resilience to break the pattern of re-offending and we recognise that people who have been through this experience often have a lot to offer in the workplace.”

Horton Housing takes steps to ensure that ex-offenders do not present any risk to clients or service users, and that they are not put in a position where they may also be put at risk because of their previous experience.

Richard Rowley, Operations Director of No Offence, said: “Unlock Your Future is a very simple concept with a powerful message from employers, that they will give people with convictions the same opportunities as other candidates.

“It is not about preferential treatment, more about assessing someone’s suitability for a position based on their capability not on their past. The key can be placed discreetly on a job advertisement sending a clear message to applicants that this employer is willing to give them an opportunity. 

“Breaking the cycle of reoffending is a real challenge, with employment being a key factor in making it a success. NoOffence! is giving employers the opportunity to recruit in a non-judgemental way and increase their pool of potential candidates. 

“Horton Housing is a welcome addition to our network of employers alongside Virgin Management Ltd, Home Group, Shaw Trust, Amey and many more. Together they are all breaking down barriers to employment for people with convictions.”

You can find out more about No Offence and the Unlock Your Future initiative at http://www.no-offence.org/  


 
Support Dogs to benefit from fundraising challenge
Boy with Autism and his support dog

Horton Housing Association will raise money for Support Dogs as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations. 

In January 2015, Horton Housing set its staff a challenge: to run, cycle, swim, row or walk 30,000 miles. For every mile completed, the organisation pledged to donate 10p to charity up to a maximum of £3,000.

In an online vote, staff chose Support Dogs as the beneficiary of the 30,000 mile challenge. Support Dogs is a national charity, based in Yorkshire, which trains specialist assistance dogs to improve the independence and quality of life for people living with the most challenging medical conditions.

Epilepsy Seizure Alert Dogs help people with epilepsy by picking up physiological changes in their owner before they experience a seizure. They warn their owners up to 50 minutes before a seizure occurs with 100% reliability meaning they can get to a place of safety.

Highly trained Autism Assistance Dogs help children with autism by being a calming influence in situations they find difficult, for example going out to shopping centres. They help to reduce behavioural outbursts and keep the children safe, but also help improve their social skills allowing families to enjoy trips and days out.

Disability Assistance Dogs help people with a range of disabilities live more independently by helping with everyday tasks such as picking up objects, opening and closing doors and assisting with dressing and undressing. They help to facilitate social interaction and give their owners increased confidence and self-esteem.

£3,000 will pay for the ongoing 24/7 care and support for a support dog (and its owner) for 18 months.

Paul Gartland, Chief Executive Officer of Horton Housing, said: “I am delighted that such a worthwhile cause will benefit from our 30,000 mile challenge. These dogs help to increase people’s independence, confidence and self esteem, which is very much at the heart of what we do as well.

“We are hoping to work closely with the charity throughout the year to organise some events for staff and clients and we hope that the money raised will help the charity continue its excellent work.”

Support Dogs Fundraising Manager Danny Anderson said: “We are thrilled that Horton Housing has chosen to raise funds for our charity during their anniversary year. We are looking forward to seeing both feet and paws taking on the 30,000 mile challenge to raise vital funds and help more people to have their quality of life transformed by our charity.”

Horton Housing is a charitable organisation which provides a range of housing support services from several locations across Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale and North Yorkshire.

It specialises in support for the most vulnerable – people who would otherwise struggle to find or maintain permanent accommodation for a variety of reasons such as substance misuse, poor physical or mental health, financial or social issues.

A programme of events is planned to celebrate 30 years since Horton Housing Association was officially registered as an ‘industrial and provident society’. In the 30 years since the registration, it has seen its range of services expand and it is still continuing to grow.

You can find out more about Support Dogs on its website: www.supportdogs.org.uk


 
Lottery win helps cook up new skills for job seekers in Bradford
Big Lottery logo

A social enterprise which will help unemployed people in Bradford gain skills, confidence and work experience in a professional kitchen has been awarded £9,890 from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund. 

b@se (Bradford @ social enterprise) has been awarded the funding to run the Cooking Up Skills training scheme in conjunction with its outside catering business, Chef’s Kitchen. 

As part of the initiative, clients from Horton Housing Training Centre will get the chance to learn job skills in a real work environment. Working and training in a busy kitchen, they will prepare for employment under the guidance of our professional chef, Robert Black. 

Robert has worked in fine dining all over the world, including his native Scotland, Rutland, the Channel Islands and France. 

The 12 week programme will train volunteers, who are ready for employment but may be struggling to get a job, to produce a range of top quality food products including outside catering/buffet orders, lunch offers and afternoon tea. 

They will learn about general food production and presentation, food hygiene and safety and how to cook healthy, tasty meals. The training will also help clients to develop a range of skills such as team working, budgeting, computer skills and time keeping. The training course aims to be a pathway to employment, and volunteers will leave the course with a portfolio, accredited training and a reference.  

Robert said: “This is no picnic! Working in a busy kitchen requires a lot of demanding skills, which will be useful to job seekers in any industry.

“I will expect the same professional standards in my kitchen as I would in any kitchen I have worked in. I expect people to turn up on time, work hard, dress and act appropriately and work together to produce excellent food and meet orders.” 

The lottery money will be used to develop the training course which will be run from professional catering unit in Bradford. Volunteers on the course can also access a range of other skills to help them find work including ESOL, numeracy and literacy courses and help preparing their CVs and interviews. 


 
Horton Housing recognised as an Investor in People
Investors in People logo colour

Horton Housing has regained its Investors in People Standard, demonstrating its continued commitment to realising the potential of its staff.  
Horton Housing is a charitable organisation which provides a range of housing support services from several locations across Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale and North Yorkshire. 
After an assessment in February 2015, the company has been re-awarded the Investors in People status, an accreditation which it has maintained since 2000. 
Investors in People is the UK’s leading accreditation for business improvement through people management, and provides a wealth of resources for businesses to innovate, improve and grow, with a focus on good people making great business. 
Chief Executive Officer Paul Gartland said: “I am proud that Horton Housing has been recognised for its continued commitment to helping staff achieve their potential.
“We have an excellent training programme for employees and received positive feedback on our initiatives to improve the health and wellbeing of our colleagues, such as our 30,000 mile challenge to celebrate our anniversary. 
“Ultimately we recognise that a happy workforce is one that will help our charity to succeed and as our organisation reaches its 30th year, we hope that will continue for many years to come.”
Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “Achieving the Investors in People Standard is something that any organisation should be truly proud of. Working with Investors in People inspires and enables leaders, managers and employees at all levels to build their skills, improve their performance and achieve their potential. We’d like to congratulate Horton Housing on their achievement.”  
Steve Burrows, Managing Director of Investors in People North of England, added: “This is a fantastic achievement for Horton Housing and I would like to congratulate the team on their success. We believe that good people make a great business and as a proven organisational development framework, Investors in People is designed to help organisations and their people to realise potential, enhance performance and meet goals. With their accreditation success, Horton Housing is certainly working to realise their people potential.”
For more information about Investors in People, please visit www.investorsinpeople.co.uk 

30 March 2015


 
National Apprenticeship Week 2015
Apprentice Hasan Rakha

It’s National Apprenticeship Week from 9-13 March and, along with other organisations across the country, Horton Housing will be celebrating the achievements and contribution of our apprentices.

Horton currently has seven people completing an apprenticeship and has recruited 14 apprentices since 2011. Five apprentices have gone on to secure full time roles with the company, which provides housing, support and training for people in Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale and North Yorkshire.

Hasan Rakha started at Horton Housing as an Apprentice Administration Assistant at its Community Support Agency (CSA), which provides housing and mental health support. While working, he was also studying a NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration.

After completing his apprenticeship he successfully applied for a position as a Housing Support Worker at our Millhaven service which provides supported housing for people with complex needs.

He said: “I chose to do an apprenticeship as I was not keen on the idea of going to university. I was more interested in the idea of getting into work as soon as possible; therefore I chose the apprenticeship route to be able to get into a full time job.

“I joined the CSA as an Administration Assistant which I enjoyed a lot. The staff in the scheme were extremely supportive with my qualification and my role within the team. The lead Administration Officer at the CSA was able to show me the ropes and teach me the administration side of supporting clients and the scheme.

“My administration duties focused upon supporting the Bradford st@y scheme which forms part of the service. This scheme provides housing related support to vulnerable people who may have issues with money management and maintaining their tenancy or other multiple needs.

“After working and developing my skills at Bradford st@y for around nine months and with the support from my manager and other staff, I applied for a job at Millhaven. Millhaven is a supported accommodation scheme which helps clients with complex needs, usually people who have alcohol and drug issues or have been long term homeless.

“My current role involves providing support in accommodation that Horton provides rather than visiting clients’ homes and therefore was quite different from st@y and provided a new challenge. My apprenticeship allowed me to develop my skills as an administrator but working at Horton Housing helped me understand clients’ issues and I wanted to be more involved as a Support Worker.

“When going out with Support Workers and seeing what they did, I realised that I wanted to do it as a full time role; I wanted to be out in the community and supporting people with their issues and their housing.

“My future ambitions are to stay with Horton Housing for the foreseeable future and I want to continue supporting clients with their different issues. After Millhaven, I would either like to work for Intensive Housing Management or become a Manager of a scheme at Horton Housing.

“I would like to stay in this field for a while longer as every day I am learning the different issues that people have and I am developing my knowledge of working in mental health, substance misuse, and housing.”


 
Looking for employers with a heart

A service which helps people in Kirklees overcome barriers to employment is appealing to employers to provide some work placements.
CoAchieve, which is based at Half Moon Street, Huddersfield, helps people who are ready and keen to work access employment opportunities.
The service, which is managed by Horton Housing and also operates in Dewsbury, works with clients who are finding it difficult to get a job.
Peter Inglis was referred to CoAchieve last year after seeking help with his drink problem.
He said: “They helped me with writing CVs and covering letters. They sent my CV to an employer and I was invited to go for an interview. I was a bit nervous about the interviews so they arranged for it to be informal.”
Peter, from Dewsbury, was successful and is now nine weeks into his new job as a home care worker.
“I am really enjoying it,” he said. “CoAchieve were more successful at finding me work than any other places I had been to.”
The work placements, which must be paid employment and for a minimum of 16 hours, will give our clients a chance to gain the vital work experience needed to help them move on to employment.
This is also an opportunity for employers to find people who are willing and able to work, but who may otherwise be overlooked because of their past problems with drugs or alcohol.
Kate Corner, Head of Training Services, said: “We will work with both the employer and the client to make sure the whole experience benefits both parties.
“The employers we have worked with so far have been very supportive and pleased with the quality of the client’s work and their attitude to work.
“We need employers, both large and small, to help us by getting involved and offering work placements.”
Employers are invited to an open day event on Friday, 6 March between 9.30am and 12.30pm. This is an opportunity to meet some of our staff and clients, chat to other employers, and find out more about the service.
If you are unable to attend the open day, but think you could help, please get in touch with the team at:
CoAchieve,
1st Floor,
Standard House,
Half Moon Street,
Huddersfield,
HD1 2JF.
01484 427227
Email: coachieve@hortonhousing.co.uk
 


 
‘Home from hospital’ scheme shortlisted for national housing award
UKHA logo

A ground-breaking ‘home from hospital’ scheme managed by Horton Housing Association has been shortlisted in the UK Housing Awards (UKHA).

 

Bradford Respite and Integrated Care and Support Service (BRICSS) is an innovative new scheme which prevents ‘bed blocking’ by providing high quality accommodation for people who are being discharged from hospital and who are homeless or living in inadequate housing.

 

Run in partnership with Bevan Healthcare CIC, the scheme is one of the first of its kind in the country and has since been adopted as a pilot for other areas. 

 

Having no home to go to, or only poor quality housing, is a key factor in delaying discharge from hospital. Without somewhere suitable to go, clients are either stuck in hospital or will be quickly re-admitted as they are not able to recover at home. One of our clients spent almost a year (333 days) in hospital because discharge was proving impossible due to her complex needs.

 

The 14 bed respite and intermediate care facility comprises housing, clinical and social care offered in partnership with Bevan Healthcare CIC, which provides holistic primary care services for homeless people and other vulnerable groups. While at BRICSS, clients can also access intensive GP, nursing and mental health nursing care and other services which can help them address any barriers to accessing suitable housing, for example drug and alcohol support, organising personal and social care, benefits advice and debt management, managing mental health issues and getting help with issues such as financial, sexual, emotional and physical abuse. Clients are assisted to move on to more suitable longer-term tenancies or accommodation, where appropriate.  

 

The scheme has now been shortlisted for the prestigious UK Housing Awards. The awards, which recognise outstanding work by housing organisations to improve the lives of people in their communities, are organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and Inside Housing magazine. The awards are sponsored by Campbell Tickell, Capsticks, CHAS, Higgins, The Housing Contact, ISOS, Locality Solutions and NHBC.

 

Horton Housing will find out on 21 April if it has won the ‘Meeting Specialist Housing Needs’ award. 


 
You're hired!
Wayne Jones

Tenants with learning disabilities have been helping Horton Housing Association recruit four new relief workers – including the Mayor of Todmorden, Councillor Michael Gill!

Wayne Jones, 33, was the latest tenant from our supported living accommodation in Vale Street, Todmorden, to be involved with recruiting new staff. 

Our Vale Street accommodation offers supported living for adults with learning disabilities and is staffed 24/7. A bank of relief workers helps our Upper Valley Supported Living Service (UVSLS) to ensure tenants are supported when our other staff are on holiday, training or ill.  

Wayne helped set the questions and the criteria for the role, sat on the interview panel and scored each candidate against the criteria.

He said that he had initially been shy of asking questions but grew in confidence as the interviews progressed.

“I asked them what they do in their spare time,” he said. “We were looking for people with experience, who are safe and who don’t get stressed.”

Wayne has lived in Vale Street for nine years. He is the third tenant to be involved with recruiting since last year and the service would like to continue involving tenants in the selection process.  

Scheme manager Beverley Miller said: “It gives the tenants a chance to be involved in the recruitment process, from identifying the qualities they would like in a person to meeting and selecting the people who will be supporting them.”


 
Horton Housing launches 30,000 mile challenge to celebrate anniversary
Chief Executive Paul Gartland on the treadmill

Horton Housing has challenged its staff to run, cycle, swim, row or walk 30,000 miles as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations. 
If that sounds a lot, it is! It’s more than the circumference of the earth but if each of our 325 staff complete just two miles a week then the challenge can be done in less than a year. 
Horton Housing is a charitable organisation which provides a range of housing support services from several locations across Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale and North Yorkshire. 
It specialises in support for the most vulnerable – people who would otherwise struggle to find or maintain permanent accommodation for a variety of reasons such as substance misuse, poor physical or mental health, financial or social issues. 
A programme of events is planned to celebrate 30 years since Horton Housing Association was officially registered as an ‘industrial and provident society’. In the 30 years since the registration, it has seen its range of services expand and it is still continuing to grow. 
Paul Gartland, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We will be celebrating our anniversary year in a number of ways but this first challenge is an opportunity for staff not only to boost their own health and wellbeing, but also to raise money for a good cause. 
“For every mile they complete, we will be donating 10p to a charity of their choice so that’s an added incentive to get the trainers out!”
Staff will be asked to clock their miles throughout the year and the money raised will be donated to a charity chosen by staff in an online vote. 

 


 
New community cafes launched in Craven
Community cafe participant

Community cafes are being launched in four areas of Craven to help reduce social isolation and improve residents’ mental health and wellbeing.

Horton Housing Association is launching Craven Community Cafes in Skipton, Embsay, Gargrave and Ingleton. The project is funded through North Yorkshire County Council’s Innovation Fund following a successful pilot in Selby, Tadcaster and Sherburn.

As well as the weekly get-togethers in Skipton and Ingleton, and the monthly gatherings in Gargrave and Embsay, Horton Housing will be running ‘pop-up’ sessions in more remote areas of the Craven district. In total, 50 cafes will be held over the next year.

The sessions provide activities and support for over 18s in a cafe-style atmosphere, giving people a chance to relax, enjoy refreshments, socialise and share experiences with peers and professionals working in housing and social care.

The aim of the county council’s Innovation Fund is to support the transformation of health and adult social care in North Yorkshire. Up to 41 projects across the county are being delivered by voluntary and community partners to address three main themes: reducing loneliness and isolation; prevention of falls and supporting people to remain in their own homes. Community cafés are aimed at people suffering social exclusion due to mental health problems.

Activities will include cooking, crafts, exercise, information and advice on issues such as debt management and benefits, help to fill out forms, first aid and health-related drop-ins such as keeping warm in winter, basic cookery or fuel poverty. Our support workers will also signpost people to other services available to them to help them live independently and improve their mental health and wellbeing. One-to-one and confidential support will be provided where needed.

Hannah Brown, Scheme Manager, said: “Horton has a long history of working with vulnerable adults who are lonely or who have problems accessing mainstream services for a variety of reasons, including mental health.

“The cafes are a fantastic way of reducing social isolation and helping people to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Early intervention and peer support also helps to prevent problems worsening and reduces the pressure on more acute services offered by hospitals, doctors and mental health services.”

County Councillor Don MacKenzie, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Public Health and Prevention, added: “As an authority we are all too aware of the effects of loneliness on health and social care, and that overcoming isolation represents a major challenge across a rural county with sparse populations.

"The Council is using this Innovations investment as a key part of its wider drive to help people to maintain their independence, and to encourage local communities to care for their residents.”

The cafes will be run in existing community centres and village halls and are all wheelchair accessible. They are suitable for anyone over 18 experiencing low level emotional or mental health problems and there is no need to book. Just turn up!

The community cafes will be held in:

SKIPTON – Every Thursday, 1pm-4pm, at Dyneley House Barn, Skipton (starting in January 2015)

INGLETON: Every Wednesday, 1pm-4pm at the I Centre, Ingleton.

EMBSAY: The second Monday of every month, 11.30am-1.30pm, Embsay Village Hall (Annexe)

GARGRAVE: The second Monday of every month, 2pm-4.30pm, Gargrave Village Hall (Annexe)

Information about the pop-in sessions will be advertised locally.

Horton Housing Association provides a range of housing support services from several locations across Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale and North Yorkshire. It specialises in housing support for the most vulnerable – peop

 
Can you help create a special Christmas?
Serving dinners at Bradford Day Shelter

Can you help to create a special Christmas for homeless and vulnerable people in Bradford?

Bradford Day Shelter is looking for volunteers to help in the kitchen over the festive period.

Preparing a full Christmas dinner for up to 150 people is a big undertaking and volunteers are needed to help with preparing, washing up, cleaning and serving food.

Volunteers are also needed for Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

It’s a lot of fun and you will be helping to brighten someone’s Christmas.

The Day Shelter, run by Horton Housing Association, is based in Edmund Street, Bradford and offers a lifeline to people who are either homeless, living in poor quality accommodation or who are facing housing and other complex problems.

If you are interested in volunteering, or know someone who is, please contact Magda at the Day Shelter on 0758 4015753 and leave your name, the day or days you wish to volunteer and a contact number and they will get back to you. Please let them know by 1 December at the very latest. 


 
Keeping a roof over young people’s heads
One of our YPASS welcome packs

A service which prevents youth homelessness by supporting young people in Calderdale to access housing will be re-launched on Wednesday (26 November).

Horton Housing Association has recently been awarded the contract to run YPASS (Young persons’ Prevention And Support Service) from new premises in Northgate, Halifax.

The service offers support for young people aged 16-19 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The support and drop-in services offer:

  • support to find accommodation
  • support to overcome issues that are preventing the young person accessing housing, such as managing money, substance or alcohol misuse, education and training needs, and finding employment
  • a mediation service to help young people who may be having problems with family members to remain at home
  • a bond guarantee scheme, whereby Horton Housing Association works with private landlords to secure accommodation for the young person
  • ‘welcome packs’ which provide young people with the basics they need to set up a home such as a kettle, toaster and bedding.

Paul Gartland, Chief Executive Officer for Horton Housing Association, said: “I am delighted that we have been awarded the contract to deliver this vital service in Calderdale.

“Young people often have difficulty accessing housing due to a variety of reasons and this service provides the help they need to prevent them becoming homeless.”

The service has been commissioned by Calderdale Council and involves partnership working with Job Centre Plus and other agencies.

Calderdale Council’s Director of Adults, Health and Social Care, Bev Maybury, said: “Horton Housing has a good record of supporting young people into accommodation, and I’m pleased that they will now be working with Calderdale Council.

“They provide a wide range of support, which complement the homelessness services we offer within the Council.”

The service will be re-launched at a special event for partners and clients on Wednesday, 26 November.

Attending the event will be Mick Magson from landscape products manufacturer Marshalls, who have kindly helped support this scheme. 

Richard Marshall said: “We are pleased to be able to offer our support with the welcome packs to help young people. Most of us take for granted the basic necessities in setting up a home. It is these very items that make a house a home.”

For more information about the service, visit www.hortonhousing.co.uk or contact 01422 385993. You can also text ‘support’ to 07823 349980 and we will contact you back.  


 
Double celebration for Oak Mount Registered Care Home
Oak Mount Registered Care Home

 

Horton Housing Association’s Registered Care Home, Oak Mount in Bradford, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in April 2013 by becoming the first Care Home rated as Level A by Bradford Metropolitan District Council  (BMDC) under the new Bradford Quality Assessment Framework (BQAF) for Care Homes. The main aim of BQAF is to improve social care by putting the needs of people who use care services first. New style inspections and ratings have been developed by BMDC and are now being implemented across the District; Level A is the highest achievement that can be awarded.
 
Oak Mount opened in April 1993 in response to demand for long term care for older men whose lives were severely affected by homelessness, rough sleeping, mental ill health and chronic alcohol use problems. The Home does not impose any restrictions on a client’s choice to drink but provides in a homely environment and aims to enable clients to live full and less destructive lives by improving their diet, health and general well being. One resident simply commented “I am happy at Oak Mount, I like living here”. Another stated that “Staff are brilliant and I appreciate living here”.
 
The Chair of Horton’s Management Board felt that staff of the 24-hour service should be commended for their achievements with this challenging needs group and expressed his hope that such high praise would combat the often negative stereotypical image of services dealing with more vulnerable client groups.
 
Jayne Hellowell, Service Manager for Commissioning in Adult and Community Services stated:  "Bradford Council is committed to working across the District with its partners to demonstrate high quality care and support services.  The use of BQAF across the care home sector is in response to improving standards in care homes and we are delighted that Horton has achieved level A.  This shows the real commitment and dedication of their staff to ensuring that the experience and support to service users comes first”

 
New Venture unites Housing and Café

In a novel alliance between Horton Housing Association, GreenOak Land & Property and Outside the Box in Ilkley  a new café venture, coupled with high quality living accommodation,  is due to launch in early June. In an innovative collaboration GreenOak Property Developer John Tate was able to bring together the resources of Horton Housing to lease the Bridge Street premises and work to develop high standard self-contained flats above Ilkley’s new “Outside the Box” community cafe, supporting adults and young people  with learning disabilities. 

 
From the start the transformation of the former car showroom into a unique modern-vintage café has been thrilling for all involved – it has brought together professional skills alongside community spirit resulting in a vibrant training space for people with a learning disability and a new eatery for local residents and friends to meet. 
 
Outside the Box has achieved remarkable results in fundraising recently and with community support looks set to become a great destination café in Ilkley.

 
New Cross Street's open day a huge success
New Cross Street's open day a huge success

NEW CROSS STREET’S OPEN DAY was a huge success with over 150 people attending over both sites. Residents, staff and volunteers from Down 2 Earth had been working hard for months before hand to prepare the garden areas. The Mosaic has been put up after its trip to the Chelsea Flower Show. The food was supplied by the Horton Housing’s Enterprise Scheme with Shaun, Romano and Mikey helping prepare it. Photograph’s of the work’s progression was on display with humorous quotes provided by Sean. Another display of recent residents was produced by David. Mikey also prepared a treasure hunt for any children attending. Even Dougie assisted with showing visitors around. Anyone unable to attend on the day can arrange to come and visit at a later date. You are welcome to bring Clients/residents and/or visitors.
Thanks all at New Cross Street
 


 
'b@se' runs the café in Victoria Hall in Saltaire during festival
'b@se' runs the café in Victoria Hall in Saltaire during festival

Horton Housing’s Social Enterprise Company ‘b@se’ was asked to run the café in Victoria Hall in Saltaire during the busy Festival: 11th and 12th of September 2010. The hall heaved with visitors to the many stalls and exhibitions. Manager Jamie Glencross said; “wow, English people really like cups of tea” as Hanif, Kylie, Sammi, Matty, and John made over 400 cups for weary festival-goers. Profits will be used to buy a new cash register, which members of the team will be trained to use. Event Organisers were delighted with the service, and b@se have been asked to run the café again next year.


 
Bradford GaTEWAY’s contract renewed
Bradford GaTEWAY’s contract renewed

We are very pleased to announce that Bradford Supporting People Team has decided to renew Bradford GaTEWAY’s contract to provide support to gypsies and travellers. The service was originally commissioned as a pilot and the contract renewal is the result of a very positive Supporting People review, so well done to all involved.


 
Tara Longhurst manager of Rehab Service

Tara Longhurst has started as Manager of our new social Rehab Service in Calderdale. Good luck Tara.


 
Supporting People services launch

Launch of newly commissioned Supporting People services for Teenage Parents and Generic client groups @ Bradford yesterday went very well.


 
May Thornton 1912 – 2010
May Thornton 1912 – 2010

May Thornton 1912 – 2010, one of the founding Members of Bradford Day Shelter, passed away on 3rd August, aged 97.


May and her husband Stanley were involved with setting up Bradford Day Shelter, and their efforts in those early days gained recognition by Horton Housing Association by the naming of our Halifax offices “T...hornton House” in 2007.


Originally May and Stanley were involved in serving food from the basement of Princeville Methodist Church in Legrams Lane, Bradford. Later, in 1976, this provision moved to the premises on Edmund Street still used by Bradford Day Shelter today. From the work of Bradford Day Shelter and the needs of its clients identified throughout the 1970’s and early 1980’s Horton Housing Association started in 1985.


 
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