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

Jimmy                                          Alistair                                             Horton Wellbeing 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 named supervisor and a reference (if you have been volunteering with us for over three months). Choose your role below and…
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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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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 and Clare 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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