Case study: Yuma

Case study: Yuma

Yuma would like to become a social worker one day – and after learning to speak English in just nine months, it is a realistic ambition. She had come to England from Spain with very little English and at first spent a lot of time at home as she lacked confidence. But getting involved in the Connecting Opportunities project run at Horton Housing’s training centre opened up a whole new world to her. The project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, with money raised by the National Lottery, and the European Social Fund as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme. Yuma’s enthusiasm and commitment to learning English in the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) saw her make rapid progress and within six months she had gone…
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Horton Community Cafes win national housing award

Horton Community Cafes win national housing award

Our Horton Community Cafes, which run in Selby and Craven, have picked up a prestigious national housing award. The cafes won the ‘Support and Care Team of the Year, under 8,000 stock’ category at the Housing Heroes Awards, which are organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing magazine. Horton Community Cafes aim to improve the lives of adults who have mental health issues or who are at risk of or experiencing social isolation. Informal learning sessions and activities help clients increase their confidence, develop skills and access volunteering and employment opportunities. The cafes are an early intervention and prevention service that help to stop problems escalating and reaching crisis level. They reduce reliance on other expensive statutory services including emergency services. Hannah Brown, scheme manager, said: “This…
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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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Current Volunteering Opportunities

Current Volunteering Opportunities

To find out more about any of the opportunities below, or to get a full job description, please email volunteer.applications@hortonhousing.co.uk or contact us on 01274 753352. To apply for our volunteering roles, please fill out the Volunteer Application form Befriender for Connecting Opportunities Join the Connecting Opportunities team as a Befriender volunteer, based in Bradford. Connecting Opportunities helps new migrants to develop their skills and provide them with opportunities to find work and be part of the local community. Staff are looking for someone who is willing to spend time with clients doing social activities once a week. The volunteer should be non-judgemental and can encourage someone who needs support with social interaction. No Second Night Out support volunteer We are looking for a volunteer to support our No Second Night…
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Case Study: Volunteering at the cafe is the best thing I have ever done…

Case Study: Volunteering at the cafe is the best thing I have ever done…

Emily volunteers at four of our community cafés across the Selby District at South Milford, Hambleton, Selby and Tadcaster. Emily became a regular visitor to the cafés in 2013. She had just moved into her own property and was lonely and socially isolated. Her confidence was also low as a result of being bullied in the past. After some time as a regular visitor, Emily was keen to volunteer for the cafés. In her role she is involved with the daily running of the cafés. The visitors compliment Emily for her help. She says “It is nice to be recognised for and to be appreciated as a volunteer and it is good to have the opportunity to know that I am helping others.” Through volunteering, Emily is no longer socially…
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Volunteering

Volunteering

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