Case study: Darren

Case study: Darren

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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New funding to continue Calderdale rough sleeper service

Calderdale Council has awarded new funding to a scheme that supports rough sleepers, meaning that this work can continue for another two years. The scheme, run by Horton Housing and called Street Reach, has been extended to include work with people who beg on the streets. Horton Housing will work jointly with the Council to look into what leads people to take up begging, how to tackle it and what advice they can give to the public on how to respond to it. Outreach workers will approach people and try to build a relationship with them to try to understand why they are begging. They will try to work with them to access the right support to divert them from this – whether it is help with benefits, or putting…
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Horton Housing working to prevent homelessness in Harrogate

Horton Housing working to prevent homelessness in Harrogate

Horton Housing Association has started running a service which supports people in Harrogate who are at risk of homelessness. Harrogate STAY (Supported Tenancy at Yorkshire) aims to help people who are at risk of losing their tenancies through issues such as mental health, substance misuse, debt or problems with benefits. Support workers will go out to see people to offer them practical support, put them into contact with relevant organisations and help them get back on their feet. Harrogate STAY will support people living in Harrogate, Boroughbridge, Pateley Bridge, Ripon and Knaresborough. People can go to a drop-in session for housing advice or support or to refer themselves for extra support from Harrogate STAY. Staff can also help them apply for North Yorkshire Local Assistance Funding (NYLAF) for household items.…
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New location for young people’s homeless service in Calderdale

New location for young people’s homeless service in Calderdale

Horton Housing’s service for young people in Calderdale who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness has moved to new, bigger premises. A large derelict building on the outskirts of Halifax has been redeveloped as a result of a partnership between Chartford Housing, Homes England and Calderdale Council. The refurbished building has 14 units of high quality accommodation which will be managed by Horton Housing to house young homeless people from Calderdale. The building includes offices where support staff from Horton Housing’s Young Person’s Prevention and Support Service (YPASS) will be based and on hand to assist the young people. YPASS also provides advice and support for young people aged 16-21 (or 25 if they are care leavers). This includes drop in advice sessions for people seeking support on housing,…
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Case study: Mark

Case study: Mark

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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Wellbeing cafés launched across Selby

Wellbeing cafés launched across Selby

Horton Housing is to start running wellbeing cafés funded by North Yorkshire County Council across the Selby district to support adults with mental health issues. The cafés are aimed at people aged 18 and over who have, or are at risk of, developing mental health issues, and their family members and carers. They will start in October. The aim of the cafes is to: provide practical support, information and advice; enable people to get involved in their local community and reduce social isolation; offer activities and informal learning to support self-care and develop life skills; support access to employment, training, education and volunteering; raise awareness of mental health issues. The cafes will run from the following venues and times from 1 October: Selby Town – Cunliffe Centre, Petrie Avenue, Selby,…
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Case study: Daniel

Case study: Daniel

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

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. 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

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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