Horton Housing win regional award for refugee training programme

Horton Housing win regional award for refugee training programme

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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Case Study: Diane

Case Study: Diane

Diane, and her dog, Mr B, are looking forward to a more settled future, thanks to support from Horton’s homeless support services. Diane’s route to homelessness was unexpected after a career in caring. She had worked as a senior carer in a care home, but started to suffer from back problems. This led to her needing to take time off and having surgery to fix the problem. But when she returned to work, her back gave out again, so she had to reluctantly leave her job. Diane tried to claim benefits for her health problems, which also included epilepsy; she started to suffer seizures a few years ago. She received payments for a while, then they were suspended, as she was told that her health issues no longer qualified. Diane’s…
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Could you spare a room for a young homeless person?

Could you spare a room for a young homeless person?

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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Case study: Jake

Case study: Jake

Jake, 21, came to Spring Street hostel in June 2017. He had recently separated from his partner, with whom he has a young daughter and was sofa-surfing at friends' houses. He has a strained relationship with his mother and living with his father would mean that Jake would not be able to see his daughter regularly. After struggling to find a place to live, Jake was referred to the hostel. Staying at Spring Street has given Jake the chance to remain in the area, enabling him to continue to see his daughter on a regular basis. Jake has enjoyed his time at Spring Street. He said: “There is a pool table so I was happy when I moved in. Everyone looks after the hostel. It's never messy - everyone washes…
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Case study: Charlotte

Case study: Charlotte

Charlotte (not her real name), 17, has been living at one of Horton Housing's hostels for several weeks. She came to the hostel after separating from her partner, with whom she had been living with at another hostel in Bradford. Charlotte is having a positive experience at Horton Housing's hostel and she is grateful for the staff there. She said: "I enjoy living by myself and learning how to live independently. It's nice because you come back to your own place and I'm keeping a roof over my head. The staff support you through it. They are there to talk to and they try to help me as much as they can. I give credit to them - they are brilliant. Now that I'm here I don't have any problems…
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New scheme opens in Bradford

New scheme opens in Bradford

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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Helping Syrian refugees start a new life in the UK

Helping Syrian refugees start a new life in the UK

Horton Housing was one of the first organisations in the UK to sign up to the Vulnerable Person’s Relocation Scheme, helping Syrian refugees start a new life in the UK. Mohamad Khear Aboosh, 44, and his wife Rooqaya Haji, 50, with their four children: Ivan (14), Yasmin (13), Riwan (9) and Rodi (2) came to Bradford from Syria in October 2015. The Aboosh family had spent three years in a UN refugee camp in Iraq, where their youngest child was born. Their eldest son, Ivan, has Thalassaemia, a blood disorder which requires him to have blood transfusions every month. He had not been able to have a transfusion for six months and was weak and very ill when he arrived in the UK. Mohamad was injured in the bombing in…
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Case Study: Alcohol and drugs left me fighting for my life…

Case Study: Alcohol and drugs left me fighting for my life…

Gordon, from Kirklees, was left fighting for his life after years of heavy alcohol and drugs use. He was referred to Horton Housing’s Spring Street accommodation, a housing and support scheme for single men in Kirklees who are homeless and have support needs. Gordon had a long history of drugs and alcohol abuse since becoming heavily involved with the Manchester club scene as a teenager. Despite trying to reduce his drinking, Gordon ended up homeless and was referred to Horton Housing’s Spring Street Hostel. There he met his support worker Nichola who has been with him throughout his recovery. He is now living independently and volunteering for a recovery service in Huddersfield, helping others to address their substance misuse problems. His near-death experience has given Gordon a fresh outlook on…
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Case Study: YPASS – Ben & Samantha

Case Study: YPASS – Ben & Samantha

Ben* Ben’s stepfather was physically, emotionally and psychologically abusive towards him. Ben, 19, left the family home when he was 16 and sofa-surfed for a year. He started a relationship with a young woman and she became pregnant. They had moved into a small bedsit, which was in bad condition and poorly managed. Ben received tenancy support from YPASS. The couple moved into a two-bedroom housing association flat and received support from YPASS to set up and maintain the tenancy. Ben was given help to clear his debts and apply for a course at Kirklees College. YPASS gave Ben support with budgeting and helped him to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) to cover the shortfall in rent for the second bedroom until the baby was born. When his relationship ended, his…
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‘Home from hospital’ scheme shortlisted for National Housing Award

‘Home from hospital’ scheme shortlisted for National Housing Award

A ground-breaking ‘home from hospital’ scheme managed by Horton Housing Association has been shortlisted in the UK Housing Awards (UKHA). Bradford Respite and Integrated Care and Support Service (BRICSS) is an innovative new scheme which prevents ‘bed blocking’ by providing high-quality accommodation for people who are being discharged from hospital and who are homeless or living in inadequate housing. Run in partnership with Bevan Healthcare CIC, the scheme is one of the first of its kind in the country and has since been adopted as a pilot for other areas. Bradford has a significant homeless population which is a disproportionate user of acute health care services. Homeless people are six times more likely to access healthcare through Accident and Emergency departments and their length of stay in hospital is likely…
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