The Benefits Exercise Has on Your Mental Health

The Benefits Exercise Has on Your Mental Health

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As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, volunteer Margaret Hughes talks about how regular exercise can help your mind. Regular exercise can have a very positive impact on depression and anxiety. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better and boosts your overall mood. And you don't have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. Research has shown that physical activity releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good, boosting your self-esteem, helping you concentrate as well as sleep, look and feel better. Not bad for something we can quite easily do for free! Being active doesn’t have to mean taking out an expensive gym membership, jogging at 5am or sporting spandex. There are so many ways to be active and they can all…
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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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Integration Works

Integration Works

Integration Works is a project for Third Country National women aged 18 and over. This is a female-only service. This project is part funded by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. Making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union. How can we help? We can help you with housing, benefits, health appointments and a range of other support English Language & Civic/Cultural Orientation lessons Female only ESOL Tutors and Integration Workers Activities to include: Meetings with an individual Integration Support Worker ESOL classes Confidence building Child-friendly groups Wellbeing sessions Arts & crafts activities Outreach sessions in community venues We are based at: 16-20 Edmund Street Bradford BD5 0BH 01274 743480 Email: integrationworks@hortonhousing.co.uk
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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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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 students time on their placement. We provide a full induction and ‘on the job’ training, a named supervisor and an opportunity to gain ‘real life’ experience. Please note the majority of our roles are suitable for people aged 18 and over, but we are always happy to consider work experience requests…
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Current Opportunities

  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 named supervisor and a reference (if you have been volunteering with us for over three months). Choose your role below and apply by completing our volunteer application form here. Either print off or complete the form in Word and email to volunteer.applications@hortonhousing.co.uk Or post it to us addressed to our Volunteer Service Manager at Bewick House, 16 Eldon Place, Bradford, BD1 3AZ Alternatively, you can call us directly on 01274 753348…
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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

[metaslider id="3754"] 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 in the…
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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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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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