Case study: Joy

Case study: Joy

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

Case Study: William

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

Horton Housing win regional award for refugee training programme

Horton Housing Association has scooped a Northern Housing Award for its STEP (Specialist Training and Employment Programme) which helps train and prepare Syrian refugees to secure employment. The award was in the Resident Employment/Training Initiative of the Year category. The programme, pioneered and developed by the partnership of World Jewish Relief and Horton Housing, is tailored to fit around the needs of each individual refugee to help them rebuild their lives in the UK. Some have no work experience or little or no English language skills while others already have qualifications and a professional background but need a helping hand to transfer this to the UK working environment. The programme began as a pilot at Horton Housing’s training centre in Bradford in April 2016. It has expanded to Coventry and…
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Connecting Opportunities

Connecting Opportunities

Connecting Opportunities works with new migrants to develop their skills and opportunities to find work and be part of the local community. Horton Housing is one of ten organisations that specialise in working with migrants that are offering tailored support, cultural orientation, English language classes and other training across West Yorkshire and part of North Yorkshire (Craven, Harrogate, Selby and York). The project will also create new local connections, with opportunities for local people to be volunteer mentors and befrienders, and for employers to provide work placements to help people get a foothold in the job market. Connecting Opportunities is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund. Connecting Opportunities aims and objectives Connecting Opportunities aims to support the most vulnerable and marginalised new…
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Helping Syrian refugees start a new life in the UK

Helping Syrian refugees start a new life in the UK

Horton Housing was one of the first organisations in the UK to sign up to the Vulnerable Person’s Relocation Scheme, helping Syrian refugees start a new life in the UK. Mohamad Khear Aboosh, 44, and his wife Rooqaya Haji, 50, with their four children: Ivan (14), Yasmin (13), Riwan (9) and Rodi (2) came to Bradford from Syria in October 2015. The Aboosh family had spent three years in a UN refugee camp in Iraq, where their youngest child was born. Their eldest son, Ivan, has Thalassaemia, a blood disorder which requires him to have blood transfusions every month. He had not been able to have a transfusion for six months and was weak and very ill when he arrived in the UK. Mohamad was injured in the bombing in…
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Service: Specialist Training and Employment Programme (STEP)

Service: Specialist Training and Employment Programme (STEP)

Phone: 01274 753349 | Email : step@hortonhousing.co.uk STEP helps Syrian Refugees who have come to the UK under the Vulnerable Persons’ Relocation Scheme (VPRS) to gain employment. A specialist training and employment worker will give you one-to-one support and advice on courses, volunteering and work placement opportunities. The worker will also help you find paid employment vacancies with local and national employers. STEP continues to offer support when you have found a work placement or paid employment. Through STEP you can access English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes to improve your language skills. The service helps you to gain skills, qualifications and references needed to be ready for work. The programme is funded by and delivered in partnership with World Jewish Relief. Contact Email: step@hortonhousing.co.uk Telephone: 01274 753349 Address:…
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Service: New Communities

Service: New Communities

A partnership approach, working with Bradford Council and Bevan Healthcare CIC, to provide housing, healthcare and wrap-around support to help refugees settle into their new life in the UK. The resettlement programmes we manage offer humanitarian protection and prioritise help for survivors of torture and violence, women and children at risk, and those in need of medical care. Clients receive support for up to 12 months to settle into the UK. This includes: Housing-related support (e.g. help to manage a tenancy, set up bills) Health screening ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) assessments Education assessments Individual needs assessments to develop support and integration plans Community engagement Welfare benefits advice Support into employment and Job Search advice. By the end of their first year in the UK, the vast majority…
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