Case study: Viv and Luke

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Luke, 16, is living with Viv as part of our supported lodgings scheme in Calderdale. The scheme matches young people in the Calderdale area with Hosts who are happy to offer them a room in their home. The young person pays rent, and has the opportunity to develop their independent living skill further. They are supported by our Host and Young Persons’ Prevention and Support Service (YPASS). The service helps young people in Calderdale who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. To find out more about becoming a host, visit here.   Viv’s story ‘I did something similar about 12 years ago before leaving to foster teenagers. Supported lodgings is a lot more relaxed than fostering but still very rewarding. ‘It’s nice to see them come on and it’s…
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How Volunteering Helped Me: Sam Worsley

How Volunteering Helped Me: Sam Worsley

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In the second part of this series, we caught up with former Bradford Homeless Outreach Project volunteer Sam Worsley who has recently taken a job as part of our Intensive Housing Management service. “I’d been in the banking sector for 13 years and I left employment due to having a young family,” she explained. “I was at home with my family and decided that I needed to get back into work.” After discussing routes back into employment with her partner, Sam decided that following her passion for helping others and trying to make a difference in the community was what she wanted to do and began volunteering at the Homeless Outreach Project in 2019. “It involved a bit of paperwork and got me back into using computers again,” she adds.…
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How Volunteering Helped Me: Ryan Roebuck

How Volunteering Helped Me: Ryan Roebuck

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One of our Befrienders at Horton Housing has used his experiences of addiction to help support a client through his journey and has now found a full-time job working for the NHS’ Liaison and Diversion service. Volunteering in the Tenancy Sustainment Service, Ryan started midway through 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic ensured that the first few months of his time with us were spent undergoing training, before he was assigned a client as part of our Befriender scheme in December. Simply being there so his client can open up to him is a key part of the role according to Ryan, as he explains: “he’s got a few mental health issues and other problems, so I guess it’s just someone to listen to his problems without telling him what to do.…
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Case study: Justin

Case study: Justin

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Justin came to our Craven Homeless Hub after losing three people he loved in just six months. “I lost my mum, my mate and my grandma. It was like someone had pulled the carpet from under me, my world turned upside down. I had always worked until this but I had to take lots of time off with depression,” he said. Justin lost his job and moved in with his brother but his mental health declined and he needed to leave their family home. He was given supported accommodation at Horton Housing’s hostel in Skipton. “They have been very supportive. It’s homely and there’s always someone to talk to. I can’t praise them enough,” he said. After six months living in Horton Housing’s hostel in Skipton, Justin has now found…
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Case study: Jason

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Before Jason* came to our STAY at Home service, he was living in a poorly maintained property, had no benefits and relied on food parcels and utility vouchers. Previously he had lived with his parents. After their passing, he sold the property and became a victim of financial abuse. A support worker at STAY at Home worked with Jason’s social worker to address his support needs, ensured that he had benefits in place and was registered with social landlords to find suitable accommodation. His support worker helped Jason by assisting him with visits to the job centre and the bank. He also helped Jason with issues that had prevented him from being able to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP), by requesting mandatory reconsideration and submitting a letter of support. Shortly after,…
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Case study: Laura

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Laura* was placed in Horton Housing’s Grattan Studios in Bradford due to fleeing a previous tenancy. Whilst living in Grattan Studios she became tenancy ready and was referred to Horton’s Bradford Tenancy Support Service (BTSS) for support with finding permanent accommodation. Laura was matched to a property and with joint working between Grattan Studios and BTSS, she moved into her own tenancy with Incommunities in February. Before moving, BTSS supported her to purchase furnishings, flooring and a fridge-freezer to help her settle in quickly. She had also been buying items for her new property whilst living in Grattan studios and continued to buy items to ensure she felt she had made it as homely as possible. Laura had recently become abstinent from alcohol and drugs at the point of BTSS…
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Case study: Nadia

Case study: Nadia

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“I am not frightened of Covid-19. I’ve been through war, I’ve seen slaughter and bloodshed, I’ve known hunger and real danger. This is just a disease and I’m not afraid of it.” These are the words of Nadia, a Syrian refugee who has been a frontline worker in a Pharmacy in Yorkshire throughout the current crisis. A Pharmacist by profession, Nadia fled war-torn Syria and survived harrowing conditions including near starvation in a refugee camp in Lebanon before being brought to the UK under the government’s resettlement scheme. On arrival in the UK, Nadia spoke no English and believed her only hope for employment was working as a cleaner.  Until she joined World Jewish Relief’s Specialist Training and Employment Programme (STEP) where over a number of years, through our partner Horton Housing, we…
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Case study: Hannah’s story

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Hannah* came to Horton Housing just days before giving birth to her daughter. Hannah had suffered domestic violence with her former partner. He had taken Hannah and her three children hostage and threatened to kill them before punching her six-year-old son in the face. Her friend helped her escape the situation. He had been her first love and they subsequently got back together, planning to move to Grassington with the children. He was a great dad to her three children, the eldest of which has ADHD and learning difficulties. Sadly, at just 34, he died from a brain clot. ‘I never grieved properly because I didn’t want to see my kids upset,’ she said. ‘My eldest son was quite a handful back then. He didn’t sleep so we were up…
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Case Study: Simon’s story

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Simon* has had a diagnosis of personality disorder from a young age, severe anxiety and depression and Asperger Syndrome. He is being supported by our Intensive Housing Management service in Kirklees. Where I was living before was supposedly a supported living place, but all the space we got was a bedroom area and everything else was shared. The other people living there were mainly drug addicts with violent tendencies. I was so scared, that I did not come out of my bedroom. Going to the toilet and into the kitchen was difficult. I would wait until it was late at night to come out of my room if I felt brave enough. I used to wee in the sink as I daren’t leave my room, which was a mess as…
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Case study: Peter’s story

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Peter* is an alcoholic. He also has a diagnosis of schizophrenia, anxiety and depression, and gender dysmorphia. He is being supported by our Intensive Housing Management service in Kirklees.  My last place was a shared house and I felt unsafe. I had to eat out a lot as I didn’t feel safe and I ended up drinking a lot. One of the other blokes that lived there would tease and humiliate me; I didn’t object. I knew he was not my friend. He was taking the piss, having a go, so I played along with it, but I didn’t feel safe. I would go out from the house to avoid him. Mick, my support worker, told me about Water Street, about the manager there. I asked if she would hold…
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