Case study: Yuma

Case study: Yuma

Yuma would like to become a social worker one day – and after learning to speak English in just nine months, it is a realistic ambition. She had come to England from Spain with very little English and at first spent a lot of time at home as she lacked confidence. But getting involved in the Connecting Opportunities project run at Horton Housing’s training centre opened up a whole new world to her. Connecting Opportunities is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund. Yuma’s enthusiasm and commitment to learning English in the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) saw her make rapid progress and within six months she had gone up an incredible six levels. Yuma has gone on to complete…
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Horton Community Cafes win national housing award

Horton Community Cafes win national housing award

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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Connecting Opportunities

Connecting Opportunities

Connecting Opportunities works with new migrants to develop their skills and opportunities to find work and be part of the local community. Horton Housing is one of ten organisations that specialise in working with migrants that are offering tailored support, cultural orientation, English language classes and other training across West Yorkshire and part of North Yorkshire (Craven, Harrogate, Selby and York). Connecting Opportunities provides support to migrants aged 15 and above, who: have permission to work in the UK but are not in work live in West Yorkshire or parts of North Yorkshire have arrived in the UK within the last 10 years and do not have British Citizenship The project will also create new local connections, with opportunities for local people to be volunteer mentors and befrienders, and for…
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Current Volunteering Opportunities

Current Volunteering Opportunities

To find out more about any of the opportunities below, or to get a full job description, please email volunteer.applications@hortonhousing.co.uk or contact us on 01274 753352. We provide volunteers with an induction, support, regular supervision and training and will reimburse you for expenses required for the role, such as payment towards travel. To apply for our volunteering roles, please fill out the volunteer application form   Wellbeing Café Volunteers We are looking for volunteers at our newly launched Wellbeing Cafés in the Selby District. The cafés are aimed at adults over the age of 18 who have mental health issues or concerns, and their family members and carers. Our volunteers will help to create a safe and welcoming environment as they assist with the delivery of the café sessions. The role…
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Case Study: Volunteering at the cafe is the best thing I have ever done…

Case Study: Volunteering at the cafe is the best thing I have ever done…

Emily volunteers at four of our community cafés across the Selby District at South Milford, Hambleton, Selby and Tadcaster. Emily became a regular visitor to the cafés in 2013. She had just moved into her own property and was lonely and socially isolated. Her confidence was also low as a result of being bullied in the past. After some time as a regular visitor, Emily was keen to volunteer for the cafés. In her role she is involved with the daily running of the cafés. The visitors compliment Emily for her help. She says “It is nice to be recognised for and to be appreciated as a volunteer and it is good to have the opportunity to know that I am helping others.” Through volunteering, Emily is no longer socially…
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Volunteering

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to gain confidence, meet new people, learn new skills, build your CV and keep active. Volunteers play a vital role in Horton Housing, helping us to deliver good quality services for vulnerable people. We have a wide range of opportunities across Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and North Yorkshire. Full support and training will be given and out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed. If you are interested in volunteering, please email volunteer.applications@hortonhousing.co.uk or contact us on 01274 753352. Current volunteering opportunities To view our latest volunteer roles - click here Corporate volunteering We have a variety of opportunities available for your team to develop community partnerships. These range from: Magical makeover – spend a day transforming a room or outside area at one of our hostels…
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