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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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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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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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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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 Living Well

OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of Living Well

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After a short break, the National Housing Federation’s #HomesattheHeart campaign returns, with this week’s focus surrounding the idea of living well. Supported housing balances affordable prices with dedicated and often personalised services to help those experiencing mental and physical health problems receive the care and support they need in their tenancies and throughout their recovery. The benefits of supported housing for our vulnerable clients are endless, and the emphasis on ensuring we support people through hard times also helps relieve some of the pressures on the NHS and other public services. High quality housing promotes better physical and mental health for individuals. A clean and safe environment is pivotal for ensuring people can begin to turn their lives around and start to build a positive future. Now, more than ever,…
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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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Case study: Joseph

Case study: Joseph

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Joseph, 19, hopes to become a professional football player one day. Joseph plays for Bradford Park Avenue’s youth team. He quickly showcased his talent, having scored goals in every match he played since joining the club in 2019. Joseph would like to thank Bradford Park Avenue for giving him the chance and hopes to go on to play for the club's first team. He is dedicated to football as he trains every day, practicing at the club or in his spare time. He said: “My life is football. Football keeps my life safe.” Joseph’s passion for football began at an early age. His father got him into the sport and encouraged him to follow his dream to play professionally. Born in Uganda, he played football for a number of academies…
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