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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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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We Invest in People

We Invest in People

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Investors in People is delighted to award Horton Housing Association the ‘We invest in people’, standard accreditation. It means principles and practices around supporting people are in place and everyone understands how to use them to make work better. Horton Housing manages more than 30 different housing, training and support services across Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and North Yorkshire. It provides specialist support and quality accommodation for the most vulnerable in society including people who are homeless, young people, older people, people with mental health problems, people with drug and alcohol addiction, refugees, gypsies and travellers, and ex-offenders. Paul Gartland, Chief Executive Officer said: “The Investors in People report was very positive and highlighted what is really important to people at work. I would like to thank all our staff for…
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WATCH: Brighouse and Halifax Properties Given Stylish Renovations

WATCH: Brighouse and Halifax Properties Given Stylish Renovations

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Two properties have been transformed into modern, stylish accommodation thanks to our decorator Stephen and maintenance team. Situated in great locations in Brighouse and Halifax, the properties required full re-decoration throughout as well as bathroom refurbishments and fire safety improvements. Handed over from the move-on scheme, the Brighouse property’s kitchen has also been given a new lease of life thanks to our team with new flooring, appliances and doors being fitted. Located within walking distance from Brighouse town centre, the property will provide a great home for the tenant. https://youtu.be/OYqHc1iIKUI This one-bed property in Halifax was fitted with modern furnishings throughout, as well as a new electric oven and repairs to the shower. Ideal for a single occupant or a couple, this one bed property is only a 15-minute walk…
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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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Horton Housing judged the UK’s Best Supported Housing Landlord

Horton Housing judged the UK’s Best Supported Housing Landlord

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Horton Housing Association has won the Best Supported Housing Landlord category in the UK Housing Awards 2020. These prestigious awards showcase the very best that the housing sector has to offer and are judged by a panel of industry leaders. They are organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing magazine. Horton Housing fought off tough competition to win the award at a virtual ceremony last week. Horton Housing’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul Gartland, said: “It is an incredible achievement to win this national award and to receive this recognition for the high quality accommodation and support we provide to people across North and West Yorkshire. “Supported housing is at the heart of everything we do at Horton Housing and the award is a credit to the hard…
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OPINION: Responding to the Latest Lockdown and Supporting Homes at the Heart

OPINION: Responding to the Latest Lockdown and Supporting Homes at the Heart

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The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted us to introduce a number of changes to ensure we can still provide our services whilst keeping our staff, volunteers and clients safe. A COVID-19 planning team, comprising members of senior management, HR, communications and administration, meet virtually on a weekly basis to discuss the latest Government updates and put plans into action on how best we can react and continue our vital work supporting vulnerable people. Our supported accommodation services have kept running throughout the pandemic. Our staff have been working very hard to maintain strict hygiene and social distancing, keeping clients informed and supporting them through the challenges lockdown and other restrictions have brought. Our maintenance, repairs and property checks have also continued in line with Government guidelines. Our floating support services are…
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New move-on accommodation opens in Skipton

New move-on accommodation opens in Skipton

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Four units of move-on accommodation for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness have opened in Skipton. The renovation has been completed by Chartford Housing with the assistance of a £180,000 grant from Homes England. Chartford Housing is the development arm of Horton Housing Association and is both a Registered Provider (RP) and registered Charity. As a Registered Provider, Chartford Housing can access development funding from the Homes England Affordable Homes Programme. In its first five years of operation, Chartford Housing has secured £2.6 million from Homes England to create 103 new homes in Bradford, Calderdale and North Yorkshire. Work to transform the Victorian terraced property into four self-contained flats started in March 2020 and was completed on schedule despite lockdown. The properties complement the existing homeless provision…
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