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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Could you spare a room for a young homeless person?

Could you spare a room for a young homeless person?

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Horton Housing Association is looking for people in the Calderdale area who could make a real difference to a young person’s life by offering their spare room and some support. The Supported Lodging scheme gives a young person, who is homeless or at risk of homelessness, a warm, safe place to live, support in preparing to live independently and the chance to look forward to the future. Pat Fraser became a supported lodgings host two years ago. The role appealed to her after a career of working with young people – she has been both a college lecturer and a classroom support assistant for children with special needs. She has previously offered her spare room to overseas students from a local private school at weekends and holidays. She said: “I…
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Horton Community Cafes win national housing award

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Our Horton Community Cafes, which run in Selby and Craven, have picked up a prestigious national housing award. The cafes won the ‘Support and Care Team of the Year, under 8,000 stock’ category at the Housing Heroes Awards, which are organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing magazine. Horton Community Cafes aim to improve the lives of adults who have mental health issues or who are at risk of or experiencing social isolation. Informal learning sessions and activities help clients increase their confidence, develop skills and access volunteering and employment opportunities. The cafes are an early intervention and prevention service that help to stop problems escalating and reaching crisis level. They reduce reliance on other expensive statutory services including emergency services. Hannah Brown, scheme manager, said: “This…
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New scheme opens in Bradford

New scheme opens in Bradford

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A new housing scheme in Bradford city centre was officially opened on Tuesday, 18 April. Clergy House and Jermyn Court provide 18 self-contained flats for people who are homeless. They offer individuals and families temporary accommodation of up to three months while we help them to find longer-term and more suitable housing. Clergy House was a historic building in the city centre, owned by Bradford Cathedral, which had become derelict. Bradford Council spent £3.3 million renovating the property and creating new accommodation on land they owned close by, which has now become Jermyn Court. Horton Housing will manage the two schemes on behalf of Bradford Council. Two of our clients spoke at the official launch of the accommodation and were also interviewed by the Telegraph & Argus newspaper and Pulse…
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Community Cafés shortlisted for National Housing Heroes Award

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Horton’s Community Cafés have been shortlisted for the ‘Support and Care Team of the Year’ category in the National Housing Heroes Awards 2017. The cafés run by Horton Housing Association, are held weekly in community venues across the Selby and Craven districts of North Yorkshire. The cafés offer a safe, friendly and supportive environment for those who are experiencing or at risk of social isolation, loneliness and mental health issues. They provide informal learning sessions and activities to help clients increase their confidence, develop skills, build social networks and access to volunteering, training and employment opportunities. The cafés are also for those wanting to make new friends and build links in their local community. The team involved in running the cafés consists of Community Development Workers, Paul Halmshaw in Selby…
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