Volunteers Week: Shay’s volunteering story

Volunteers Week: Shay’s volunteering story

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Shay has volunteered at the training centre for around two years, after attending a group there in the past. He had previously helped out with odd jobs like painting and gardening before starting two new voluntary roles last year. “I am a Donations Delivery Driver and also a Donations Sorter,” he tells us, explaining how shifts can vary from a few hours to a full day across the week. These new roles were formed as we saw a surge in generous donations from across the community during the pandemic. “It keeps me occupied and also off the drink. It allows me to give something back as well. Getting out of the house and seeing people, being trusted again and given the chance to do something different has been great. It…
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Volunteers Week: Samah’s volunteering story

Volunteers Week: Samah’s volunteering story

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Samah and her family fled to Syria from Iraq due to war when she was seven, where they settled and Samah was able to complete her education. Conditions in Syria however were not great and there was little support in place for children with disabilities; this was an issue as Samah’s brother is autistic. Not one to give up easily, Samah’s mother set up her own charity and established a support centre for children with disabilities from her local community, providing support to the children and parents as well as providing training and guidance to those most in need. Samah volunteered at the centre whilst continuing her education and enjoyed being able to help people who had significant issues to contend with. Unfortunately, due to worsening circumstances in Syria, what…
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Joe’s Story: “I have received all the support I could ever want”

Joe’s Story: “I have received all the support I could ever want”

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“I've been interested in photography my whole life and have always found that photography is able to capture something unique and make other people really think about what they're looking at,” explains Joe, a client in one of our Young People’s services. “I love being outdoors and taking photos because it allows you to be as free as you wish with no constraints. You can take something mundane and transform it into anything.” Joe’s love of photography and technology has seen him enrol onto a University Computing course, not long after he had moved into a furnished tenancy as part of Horton Housing’s Intensive Housing Management service. “I have received all the support I could ever want, it’s been amazing,” he commented. “Because I was unsure whether going to University…
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How Volunteering Helped Me: Jack Douglas

How Volunteering Helped Me: Jack Douglas

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In the third part of this series, we spoke to former media and communications volunteer Jack Douglas on his experiences volunteering and how it helped him land a full-time role at Horton Housing. “I graduated from university in the middle of the pandemic,” he explained. “I was struggling to find work and felt like I wanted to expand my skills and experience.” Starting in August, Jack began volunteering with the media and communications team, helping to create website and social media content, as well as producing monthly volunteer newsletters and designing infographics. “After a brief break, it was nice to get back into the flow of having a daily routine. It was good doing what I enjoyed doing; producing Facebook and Twitter posts, writing articles and being creative editing video…
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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: Rose and James

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Rose and James* were referred to our STAY at Home service in October 2019. Before they came to Horton Housing, the couple were in the process of having their private rented home repossessed, due to their landlord not paying the mortgage. The property had no functional heating and their furniture was ruined by living in damp conditions. The property also had no cooking facilities, which meant that Rose and James had to visit their local community centre on a daily basis to eat meals, where they were also provided with sandwiches to take home for their evening meals. Rose and James also experienced financial abuse from their landlord. They turned to a local moneylender for financial support and were charged 100% interest on the money they borrowed. This resulted in…
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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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