New Loneliness Research Suggests Young People are Most Likely to be Affected

New Loneliness Research Suggests Young People are Most Likely to be Affected

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Research compiled by the British Red Cross and Co-op has found that young people aged 18-24 are most likely to experience loneliness. As well as looking at the effects of spending too much time online can have on young people, the study highlighted key triggers that can cause loneliness for everyone, with pregnancies, bereavement, divorce, health issues and retirement all found to have negative affects on people’s mental health. [embed]https://youtu.be/6mc0S7x91Bs[/embed] According to the research, 18% of people are always or often lonely, with 73% of these people having experienced at least one of the above events. Perhaps more worryingly, 75% of people who said they were always or often lonely said they don’t know where to go to get the support they need. The isolation we have all faced during…
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Opinion: Housing Day and the Importance of Homes

Opinion: Housing Day and the Importance of Homes

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Yesterday marked the eighth annual Housing Day social media event, celebrating the positive impact social housing has on the lives and wellbeing of many. The event, which you can catch up on on our social media channels, joins the National Housing Federation’s ‘Homes at the Heart’ campaign, and calls for a once-in-a-generation investment in social housing. COVID-19 has made 2020 incredibly difficult for all, with the long-term repercussions likely to last for years to come. According to latest figures, 3.8 million people are in need of social housing in England. Estimates suggest that low-income workers are almost twice as likely to lose their jobs due to the pandemic. With just 6,338 new social rented homes being built last year, action is needed to ensure the country’s recovery from COVID isn’t…
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OPINION: Homes are at the heart of settled futures

OPINION: Homes are at the heart of settled futures

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The National Housing Federation’s #HomesattheHeart campaign this week puts housing at the forefront of providing settled futures for vulnerable people, with a key focus on supporting those who are already homeless or preventing those at risk from sleeping rough. As our organisation was founded out of a day shelter provision back in 1976, supporting the homeless has always been one of our main aims as we look to help people get their lives back on track. For those homeless, not having an address means finding employment and claiming benefits can be extremely difficult, whilst other issues such as lack of washing facilities and lack of access to IT equipment makes it very challenging to break into the job market. With COVID-19 seeing a sharp rise in people needing social housing,…
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3.8 Million People are in Need of Social Housing in England

3.8 Million People are in Need of Social Housing in England

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Gudrun Haskins-Carlisle, Services Director. The National Housing Federation’s ‘People in Housing Need’ annual report has yesterday been published, with 3.8 million people in need of social housing in England. This number equates to 1.6 million households, an increase of 500,000 from the official waiting lists. Sadly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for social housing is expected to see a sharp increase, as estimates note that low-income earners are roughly twice as likely to lose their jobs. With a severe shortage of social homes already, some in need of housing have been on waiting lists for nearly two decades, and with the pandemic seeing more and more people requiring social housing, the wait for many will continue. Last year only 6,338 new social rented homes were built, yet the…
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OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of a Greener Country

OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of a Greener Country

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After looking at the benefits housing has on the economy, living standards and making ends meet, this week’s focus in the National Housing Federation’s #HomesattheHeart campaign surrounds the idea of a greener country. A greener environment is an important way to promote positive mental health for some of our most vulnerable clients. A well-kept, outdoor space goes a long way to put a smile on people’s faces, either by spending time in a garden or park, or actively helping out in looking after them. Thanks to donations, a disused piece of land has been transformed at our Keighley accommodation into a communal outdoor space for clients who otherwise wouldn’t have access to a garden. With a vegetable patch allowing people to grow their own produce, this beautiful and peaceful plot…
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OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of Making Ends Meet

OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of Making Ends Meet

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This week marks the second themed period of the National Housing Federation’s #HomesattheHeart campaign. Last week the drive focused around the idea of how beneficial housing is to the economy, opening employment doors to people who are homeless and the most vulnerable. This time around sees an emphasis placed on affordable and supported housing. Some of our clients face huge barriers to the housing market, not least unemployment, a poor credit history, debt and arrears, substance or alcohol misuse and difficulties budgeting. With the private rental market commanding high rents and high demand, supported housing provides a lifeline for people who are otherwise marginalised from mainstream housing. Supporting people through difficult times is essential in our goal of helping some of the most vulnerable people in society into independent tenancies,…
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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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