Volunteers Week: Shay’s volunteering story

Volunteers Week: Shay’s volunteering story

Case studies, News, volunteer
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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Volunteers Week: What Volunteering Means to Horton Housing

Volunteers Week: What Volunteering Means to Horton Housing

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Horton Housing CEO Paul Gartland discusses the impact volunteers have on the organisation, and what the volunteers and the people they support get out of it. This week marks National Volunteers Week, and whilst our volunteer programmes have run slightly differently during the pandemic, there is no better time to celebrate the fantastic efforts made by our committed and dedicated team. The tireless work of our volunteers helps us to keep delivering and improving the services we provide. Especially over the last 12 months, schemes like Befrienders and Companion Calls have proven to be a crucial way of connecting with the people we support, be that to keep them up to date with latest government advice and restrictions, or simply for a helpful chat and someone being there to listen.…
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Horton Housing receives fantastic donation from Battling Fat Lads FC

Horton Housing receives fantastic donation from Battling Fat Lads FC

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Battling Fat Lads FC has very kindly donated £180 to Horton Housing Association following their charity football match against West Yorkshire Police FC, and aim to donate a similar amount after their next fixture in June. The charity side, based in Mirfield, began playing in fundraising fixtures when they joined the FA People’s Cup, raising money for Oddballs after one of their team members was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer. Since then, Battling Fat Lads FC has gone on to raise over £10,000 for a number of great causes, including Fairfield School, Byron Cardiology Unit, British Liver Trust and Darby Rimmer MND Foundation. Despite an even encounter before the break, the side ultimately fell to defeat against the Police XI after a high scoring and entertaining second half. Speaking after the match,…
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The Benefits Exercise Has on Your Mental Health

The Benefits Exercise Has on Your Mental Health

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As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, volunteer Margaret Hughes talks about how regular exercise can help your mind. Regular exercise can have a very positive impact on depression and anxiety. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better and boosts your overall mood. And you don't have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. Research has shown that physical activity releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good, boosting your self-esteem, helping you concentrate as well as sleep, look and feel better. Not bad for something we can quite easily do for free! Being active doesn’t have to mean taking out an expensive gym membership, jogging at 5am or sporting spandex. There are so many ways to be active and they can all…
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Five tips to help your Mental Health with Andy’s Man Club

Five tips to help your Mental Health with Andy’s Man Club

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Luke Ambler, founder of Andy’s Man Club and the #ItsOkayToTalkCampaign discusses a few helpful ways to improving your mindset. We all have days of positive mindset and we all have days of negative mindset. It’s our duty to protect our mental health and our mindset, so here are five tips to help your mental health. Exercise For me personally, getting outdoors and releasing endorphins, or indoors whatever it may be like some form of yoga, getting the blood pumping really helps. Not only to release those chemicals but it makes you feel better when you look yourself in the mirror and you know you are training those muscles and getting fitter. Part of a positive mindset is finding that self-confidence and belief in yourself, so by setting yourself those fitness…
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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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Adopting the Together with Tenants Charter to strengthen our relationship with the people we house and support

Adopting the Together with Tenants Charter to strengthen our relationship with the people we house and support

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Horton Housing Association CEO Paul Gartland discusses the importance of adopting the Together with Tenants Charter and the benefits it will have on the social housing sector. Helping to embed a culture across the social housing sector that values the voice and experience of residents and strengthens the relationship between tenants and housing association landlords is a vital step forward in maintaining, and further building on, our values of transparency and providing outstanding service to the people we house and support. “Together with Tenants” is a sector-wide initiative focused on strengthening the relationship between residents and housing association landlords. Developed by the National Housing Federation in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, Together with Tenants embodies all the great work happening across the sector, whilst challenging us to go…
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Radius Security Joins Horton Housing as Donations Partner

Radius Security Joins Horton Housing as Donations Partner

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Horton Housing Association is pleased to announce a pioneering partnership with Radius Security which will see the firm become an official Donations Sponsor. Radius will host regular collections of goods such as clothing, crockery and financial donations which they will then contribute, as well as putting together tenancy starter packs and other important packages for our clients. Esther Douglas, Volunteer Services Manager at Horton Housing, commented: “It’s a great opportunity to create awareness of the work that we do, attract support and enable us to provide items to our clients who are moving onto independent living. It also gives us the opportunity to find out more about Radius Security, their ethos and create a long-lasting partnership that we hope will grow stronger over time.” With over 15-years in the industry,…
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Horton Housing’s resilience recognised with Northern Housing Awards’ shortlist

Horton Housing’s resilience recognised with Northern Housing Awards’ shortlist

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We are delighted to announce that Horton Housing Association has been shortlisted as a finalist for the COVID Resilience Award at this year’s Northern Housing Awards, celebrating the ways our staff, volunteers, clients and services have faced the pandemic. As an organisation supporting vulnerable people, our absolute priority has been keeping individuals safe from COVID-19 and preventing a major outbreak. Over the past year, our staff members and volunteers have worked tirelessly to go above and beyond to reduce the impact of the pandemic on our services, with these efforts being recognised with a nomination for this award, alongside nine other supported landlords. Being named as a finalist in this category celebrates how we as an organisation have adapted to the various restrictions and challenges the pandemic has posed, the…
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