Horton’s services during COVID-19 outbreak

Horton’s services during COVID-19 outbreak

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This is a challenging time for all of us and we are doing our best to keep our services running as smoothly as possible and provide vital support for vulnerable people in Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale and North Yorkshire. Wherever possible, we are providing floating support to our clients over the telephone and online. In emergency situations, when we need to visit a client in their own home, we are maintaining social distancing and doing everything we can to minimise face-to-face contact. We are taking extra infection control measures within our accommodation schemes to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes asking clients to self-isolate if they are displaying any symptoms of the virus, closing communal areas and limiting visitors. We will only be carrying out emergency and urgent…
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Horton Housing ranked 14 in Top 100 Diversity Index

Horton Housing ranked 14 in Top 100 Diversity Index

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Horton Housing Association has been ranked number 14 in the National Centre for Diversity (NCFD) Top 100 Index 2020. The index celebrates the best champions of equality, diversity and inclusion, as judged by the NCFD. Entries are judged in the following criteria: • Fairness • Respect • Equality • Diversity • Inclusion • Engagement Horton Housing provides housing, training and support services for vulnerable people in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and North Yorkshire. The charity works with a wide range of clients including people who are homeless, have mental health, drug or alcohol issues, young people, older people, refugees, Gypsies and Travellers, people with disabilities and ex-offenders. Horton Housing also has the following accreditations: • Investors in Diversity – Stage 2 • Investors in People • Disability Confident Employer. We have…
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Horton Housing shortlisted for ‘Best supported housing landlord’

Horton Housing shortlisted for ‘Best supported housing landlord’

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Horton Housing Association has been shortlisted in the prestigious UK Housing Awards in the ‘Best supported housing landlord’ category. The national awards, which are organised by the Chartford Institute of Housing and Inside Housing Magazine, recognise achievement in social housing and highlight ingenuity, creativity and passion among the housing sector. Horton Housing’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Gartland said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award. It recognises that Horton Housing is committed to supporting clients to overcome immense challenges and move on to independent living. Working in partnership with other organisations helps us to deliver quality wrap around support tailored to the needs of each individual, helping them to gain their independence. “We would not be shortlisted for this award without our passionate and dedicated staff who work…
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Kind-hearted staff give homeless families the gift of Christmas

Kind-hearted staff give homeless families the gift of Christmas

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Generous staff at Eccleshill Treatment Centre, who are part of Westcliffe Health Innovations, have collected 22 boxes of goods for homeless families this Christmas. They gave toiletries, toys, books, household items, coats, hats, scarves, gloves and clothes for clients at various Horton Housing schemes in Bradford. Horton Housing provides housing, training and support services for vulnerable people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and North Yorkshire. The donations will be distributed among families and single people who are living in temporary and supported accommodation this Christmas. Some of the toys are brand new and will be wrapped up for the children as Christmas presents from Santa. The toiletries will be given as gifts to young people aged 16-25 living in our group living accommodation…
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Kind hearts and green fingers

Kind hearts and green fingers

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A generous donation will help to create a beautiful garden area at our homeless service in Keighley. Computershare Loan Services has donated £1,000 to Horton Housing’s STAY at Home (Keighley) service to transform a disused piece of land at the back of its premises. STAY at Home provides accommodation and support to people who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness in the Keighley area. They work with clients who have multiple or complex needs including issues with domestic violence, substance misuse, mental health and learning difficulties. Clients got together last week to plan the project and hope to include: • flowerbeds • a vegetable plot and strawberry patch • a water feature or pond • a seating area to relax, socialise and meditate • a compost bin and…
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New funding to continue Calderdale rough sleeper service

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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

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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

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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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Wellbeing cafés launched across Selby

Wellbeing cafés launched across Selby

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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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Horton Housing win regional award for refugee training programme

Horton Housing win regional award for refugee training programme

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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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