Student Placements

Student Placements

We offer a range of student placements across our services. A placement gives you the opportunity to put your learning into practice. We aim to match your placement with services relevant to your course, interests or future career aspirations. All our placements require an interview and are offered on a first come, first served basis. Students are provided with an induction and we will try and be as flexible as possible to meet your needs. A supervisor oversees the student’s time on their placement. At the beginning, students spend time shadowing a member of staff and as time on the placement progresses, students build on their experience by working on their own caseload of clients or tasks.   The student placement handbook can be found here. For more information, please…
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Current Opportunities

         Read more about Jimmy       Read more about Alistair            Read more about our café volunteers Richard and Clare   We offer a range of client-facing and office-based volunteer roles with our services in Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale and North Yorkshire. As a Horton volunteer you will be given the opportunity to make your community a better place to live in, while gaining valuable experience and having fun. All our volunteers receive full training, payment of out-of-pocket expenses, a supervisor and a reference (if you have been volunteering with us for over three months). We regularly update our roles, so please keep looking or call us on 01274 753348 to discuss any specific roles you may have in mind.   Choose your role…
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Volunteering

Volunteering

[maxbutton id="1"] [maxbutton id="2"] [maxbutton id="3"] [maxbutton id="4"] Interested in volunteering? Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, meet new people, gain confidence, help others, keep active, have a sense of purpose, gain work experience and improve your mental health. Our volunteers play a vital role at Horton Housing by helping us to deliver good quality services for vulnerable people. You can read case studies from some of our volunteers here. We are looking for volunteers who share our values to be involved in a range of opportunities designed to match your interests and availability.       Visit the 'Current Opportunities' page to see the latest roles available. We also offer student placements, corporate volunteering and employee supported volunteering for Horton employees. To find out more information…
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Employee supported volunteering

We encourage Horton Housing employees to participate in volunteering to make a positive difference to their wellbeing and the local community. Our employees can take two days paid leave per year to volunteer with services within Horton or externally.   Please contact us if you can offer our employees a volunteering experience by emailing volunteer.applications@hortonhousing.co.uk or call us on 01274 753348   Our employees can use their days to either be involved in a team event, a skills based activity or individual coaching or mentoring. They can choose from committing to a one-off session or give a few hours per week; either as a team, individually or even combine it with volunteering activities they already do. The benefits to our employees: They gain a sense of achievement on a personal…
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Corporate Volunteering

        Are you looking for team activities as part of your Employer Supported Volunteering? We have a variety of corporate volunteering opportunities available for your team to develop community partnerships. This is a great opportunity for you to come together as a team to test and build skills and experience whilst doing something worthwhile and enjoyable for your local community. These range from: Magical makeover– spend a day transforming a room or outside area at one of our hostels. One amazing day– support a client involvement day at one of our services. This can range from a walking group, arts and craft day or a day trip. Skills based volunteering– spend a day with our clients to hold CV and interview workshops, what is expected of you…
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Volunteer case study: Alistair

Volunteer case study: Alistair

 Alistair volunteers as a befriender at our Young Persons' Prevention and Support Service (YPASS).  In his role, Alistair spends time with clients whilst doing activities together, such as: going to the park, museum, bowling, the cinema. He also assists them to their appointments and helps with their paperwork. He said: "I think it’s important for me to give back - and what better way to do it!  I also know volunteering is a way to show my skills and to learn new ways of engaging with young people, as I know this is the line of work I would love to be involved with. I enjoy new challenges and it's always a real pleasure meeting new clients, getting to know their background and encouraging them to make positive decisions. I also…
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Volunteer case study: Jimmy

Volunteer case study: Jimmy

 Jimmy volunteers as a Scheme Assistant with our Bradford Intensive Housing Management (IHM) Service. His role involves updating the online database with information of new referrals, sending an assessment date to the new clients, assisting staff on visits to new clients for their assessment. He also works alongside the team by checking the fire alarms weekly, helps clients move in or out of IHM properties, cleans the flats when clients move out, log repairs, answers the phone, responds to emails and gives general support to the team at IHM. Jimmy started volunteering to build his confidence and to help him back into work. He said: “I enjoy the variety of my role and the challenges it brings on a personal and developmental level.  Volunteering has had a massive impact in all aspects of my…
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Volunteer case studies: Horton Wellbeing Café volunteers

Clare and Richard volunteer at our Horton Wellbeing Café. Volunteers assist in the delivery of the café. Their role involves: setting up and clearing the room, serving refreshments, meeting and greeting visitors, assisting with some paperwork, offering peer mentor support and assisting with group workshops. Clare “I had retired from my nursing career and I was looking for new opportunities. I enjoy volunteering as I like giving something back to the community and it makes me feel useful. I also like the friendly, inclusive atmosphere at the café. Volunteering has helped me to extend my volunteering with another organisation, alongside my role at the café. I feel my confidence has increased and my experience of dealing with people with different types of problems.”     Richard “I started volunteering to…
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Volunteer case studies

 Jimmy volunteers as a Scheme Assistant with our Bradford Intensive Housing Management (IHM) Service. Read his case study here.         Richard, Clare and Simeon volunteer at our Horton Wellbeing Café - read about their experience as volunteers here.           Alistair volunteers as a Befriender at our Young Persons' Prevention and Support Service (YPASS). Read his case study here
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Case study: Yuma

Case studies
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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