OPINION: Homes are at the heart of a Stronger Economy

OPINION: Homes are at the heart of a Stronger Economy

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From our CEO Paul Gartland. This week marks the start of the National Housing Federation’s campaign, Homes at the Heart. Having a place to call your own is one of the first steps for many homeless and vulnerable people towards accessing employment, education and training. People who have experienced, or are at risk of homelessness, face a number of barriers to contributing to a stronger economy, such as having no fixed address, access to IT, chaotic lifestyles, and even access to suitable clothing and washing facilities. Throw in the other challenges some of our clients face – substance and alcohol misuse, previous convictions, low self-esteem and confidence, mental health problems, poor education and employment histories, and it can be extremely challenging to get back into the job market. In the…
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Staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic

Staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Horton Housing takes the safety and wellbeing of its clients, employees, volunteers, partners and stakeholders very seriously. The Senior Management Team (SMT) and other key colleagues recognised that the COVID-19 pandemic would have an unprecedented impact on our employees, clients and the way in which we all live and work. To mitigate and monitor the impact of COVID-19 on the organisation SMT appointed a COVID-19 planning group comprising of: • SMT • Head of HR • Communications Manager • Head of Administration The group meet every Monday to review the impact of COVID-19 and agree actions following the latest guidance from: • The UK Government • Public Health scientific advisers • World Health Organisation • Local Authorities The group also consider feedback from employees, clients and stakeholders from across the…
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Wesley House reopens after major renovation

Wesley House reopens after major renovation

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A disused building in Keighley has been transformed into move-on accommodation for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Wesley House, on Halifax Road, Ingrow has stood empty since 2016 when it was last used as a refuge for women and children fleeing domestic violence. The Victorian property has now been completely renovated and brought back into use as supported accommodation. There is also an onsite office and a communal area for client activities. Outside there is some garden space for picnics and recreational use. Chartford Housing Limited completed the development with the assistance of £280,000 grant funding from Homes England. Chartford Housing is the development arm of Horton Housing Association and a Registered Provider (RP). As a Registered Provider, Chartford Housing can access development funding from the…
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Local organisations and businesses team up to help young people in need

Local organisations and businesses team up to help young people in need

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Two Halifax charities have joined together with local inns to deliver delicious food to young people during the COVID-19 lockdown. Debt Advisors from Noah’s Ark have been working with The Moorlands Inn to deliver 30 meals per week to Horton Housing’s Young Persons’ Prevention and Support Service (YPASS) in Halifax, with dishes including curries, pasta and much more. Andrew, Lesley and Kelly from Noah’s Ark said: "Noah's Ark is very happy to support the clients of Horton Housing along with a multitude of other organisations that we have been helping. For nearly 20 years our focus has been supporting the most vulnerable people in Calderdale and we are happy that we can continue to do so in these difficult times. We would offer special thanks to all the organisations and…
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Supermarket helps homeless families celebrate Easter

Supermarket helps homeless families celebrate Easter

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Aldi has helped spread some Easter cheer by donating chocolate eggs to homeless families in Bradford. The Shipley branch of Aldi supermarket kindly donated 100 Easter eggs to our Bradford services which have been given to young people and children living in our group living and supported accommodation. 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. Chief Executive Officer Paul Gartland said: “We’re really grateful for this kind and thoughtful donation which will help families and young people celebrate Easter this year. “This is a difficult…
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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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