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Community Cafés shortlisted for National Housing Heroes Award

Horton’s Community Cafés have been shortlisted for the ‘Support and Care Team of the Year’ category in the National Housing Heroes Awards 2017. The cafés run by Horton Housing Association, are held weekly in community venues across the Selby and Craven districts of North Yorkshire. The cafés offer a safe, friendly and supportive environment for those who are experiencing or at risk of social isolation, loneliness and mental health issues. They provide informal learning sessions and activities to help clients increase their confidence, develop skills, build social networks and access volunteering, training and employment opportunities. The cafés are also for those wanting to make new friends and build links in their local community. The team involved in running the cafés consists of Community Development Workers, Paul Halmshaw in Selby and…
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Service: Selby Community Cafés

Phone 07525 667905 | Email: communitycafe@hortonhousing.co.uk Selby Community Cafés aim to improve the lives of vulnerable adults, aged 18 and over, who have mental health issues and are at risk of or experiencing social isolation. The cafés are held weekly and fortnightly in community venues in Selby, Eggborough, Tadcaster, South Milford and Hambleton. Venues are wheelchair accessible. Our community cafés provide informal learning sessions and activities in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. Sessions include healthy eating, exercise, IT skills, mental wellbeing, crime prevention, arts and craft workshops. Many of the sessions are delivered in partnership with other organisations and are suitable for people with learning disabilities. Funded by North Yorkshire County Council’s Innovation Fund (Your Consortium). You don’t need a referral to access the community cafés. You are welcome to…
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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 has cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia, as well as mild learning difficulties. 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…
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Service: Craven Community Cafés

Phone 07584015792 | communitycafe@hortonhousing.co.uk | Write: Horton Community Cafés (Craven), 28 Keighley Road, Skipton, BD23 2NS Craven Community Cafés aim to improve the lives of vulnerable adults, aged 18 and over, who have mental health issues and are at risk of or experiencing social isolation. The cafés are held weekly and fortnightly in community venues in Skipton and Settle. Venues are wheelchair accessible. Our community cafés provide informal learning sessions and activities in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. Sessions include healthy eating, exercise, IT skills, mental wellbeing, crime prevention, arts and craft workshops. Many of the sessions are delivered in partnership with other organisations and are suitable for people with learning disabilities. Funded by North Yorkshire County Council’s Innovation Fund (Your Consortium). You don’t need a referral to access the…
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Client Ashley’s Art Exhibition in March ’17

Local artist Ashley Morgan will be exhibiting his paintings at his  ‘A Splash of Colour’  art exhibition at Settle Library this March. Ashley, who has a learning disability, attends Horton Housing’s community cafes in Skipton and Settle on a regular basis. The cafes aim to improve the lives of adults who have mental health issues and 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. Ashley, who lives in Settle, has often brought in artwork to the cafes and Community Project Worker, Helen Bannister, has been supporting him to showcase his work. North Yorkshire County Council’s Library Service has kindly agreed to provide Ashley space at Settle Library for his exhibition. Catherine…
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