Current Volunteering Opportunities

Current Volunteering Opportunities

Peer Mentors Volunteer as a Peer Mentor for our Community Support Agency mental health service in Bradford. Support and do activities with people who are dealing with mental health issues. We look favourably on volunteers who have past experience of mental health issues. Horton Housing's Training Centre administrator We are looking for a volunteer to help us with basic administration duties at our training centre in Bradford. The role will consist of duties such as answering the phone, contacting clients about courses, preparing the rooms ready for classes, photocopying and some letter writing. The Training Centre is open from 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday and we are looking for someone who can offer their time within this range, but we are very flexible to suit your needs. This volunteer…
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Peer Mentoring

The Peer Mentoring Scheme is a befriending and support service for clients who are experiencing mental health problems. The scheme matches clients with volunteers, known as Peer Mentors, who have experienced their own mental health problems in the past. Peer Mentors spend time with clients, enjoying a variety of activities such as going for a coffee or visiting the park. This support enables our clients to build their confidence and social skills, which positively impacts their mental health. If you have experienced mental health problems and are interested in becoming a Peer Mentor, please email: volunteer.applications@hortonhousing.co.uk Case study: My mental health has gone through a huge shift Case study: Volunteering is a chance to give back  
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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 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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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 739926. 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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Case study: My mental health has gone through a huge shift

‘My mental health has gone through a huge shift and I’m happier within myself.’ James was referred to our Peer Mentoring Scheme suffering heavily from depression. He lacked motivation and would often isolate himself in his flat. During this period of his life he was binge drinking and smoking heavily, and slept all day and stayed awake at night. He described his life as 'sad, bleak, dark and very lonely.' James was allocated a peer mentor through Horton Housing. Together they did a variety of activities such as going for walks, visiting art galleries, enjoying the park and going for a coffee. All activities were chosen by James. His peer mentor helped him leave his flat. James said: 'It's that quality time, knowing that someone is there for me. It's…
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Case Study: Volunteering is a chance to give back

Case Study: Volunteering is a chance to give back

For Linda, volunteering as a peer mentor is a chance to give back to those who have helped her over the years. Eight years ago, Linda was diagnosed as bi-polar after 30 years of mental health problems, which included bouts of clinical depression.  Her illness manifested itself in both lows and highs, when she felt invincible and lacked inhibition. Her psychotic episodes could last anything from a couple of days to a couple of weeks and she would sometimes end up hospitalised as a result. She is now on mood stabilisers and anti-psychotic medication and has not had an episode for 18 months. Linda had a bad childhood and suffered abuse and a number of traumas as an adult. “My life felt like it was just one bad thing after…
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