Case study: Nicole’s story

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Nicole* came to Horton Housing with her four children after an episode of domestic violence left her homeless. She sought help from her GP who called the police for support. The family spent one night in a hostel before being referred by Bradford Council to Horton Housing. Originally from Central Africa, Nicole had been living in Europe and had come to the UK as an EU citizen. As such, Nicole had the right to work but her inability to speak English held her back from getting a job. Benefits for the family were being paid directly to her husband. She had no money to pay the rent or even get the bus. Horton Housing helped Nicole to find school places for the children, enroll at college to learn English, and…
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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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Case study: Charlie

Case study: Charlie

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Charlie was diagnosed with autism in her mid-forties. “It was a bit of a shock,” she said. “I thought I was just stressed.” She had been living in Scotland, in a ‘ramshackle’ cottage with lots of animals, surrounded by lakes, forest and the countryside. When her house was repossessed she moved down to Yorkshire to be closer to her mum, and found herself sofa-surfing in Harehills, an area of Leeds. Charlie became a client of Horton Housing’s Harrogate STAY service, part of the North Yorkshire Homeless Prevention Service and was introduced to her support worker, Niamh. “She helped me with my bills and getting stuff for my house. It’s good to have someone there to talk to, things I can’t talk to my mum about. I’m a terrible worrier. Niamh…
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Case study: Martin

Case study: Martin

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Martin worked in the catering industry since leaving school. His employment came with accommodation, furniture and all his amenities so when he was forced to give up work after a series of strokes he had no experience of living on his own. To add to his problems, the stroke left him with memory loss and speech difficulties so he had difficulty making himself understood. “I never had belongings,’ he said. “I didn’t know how to sort out electricity and gas bills, council tax. I didn’t have a bed; I didn’t have a cooker. Everything had always been provided for me so when I moved out, I didn’t have anything. “Eighteen months ago, I had three little strokes. I couldn’t speak very well and to speak on the phone was impossible.…
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Case study: Darren

Case study: Darren

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Darren came to BRICSS after having his left leg amputated,following complications from a stroke. His privately rented home was unsuitable for him to return to because there were damp problems which he felt had already affected his health. He said: “I was living on my own place but the landlord neglected the property. I was becoming ill with the damp. The place was falling apart. I had a blood clot in my leg and right side of brain. I went for a test at BRI, then woke up to find out I had had a stroke on the Sunday morning. “Then on the Tuesday I was told they were going to take my leg off. I’m fine with it. I’m not one for wallowing.” Darren was then offered a place…
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Case study: Mark

Case study: Mark

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

Case study: Daniel

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

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

Case study: Joy

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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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