Horton Housing


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.

READ: Autumn 2022 - Volunteer Newsletter

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We have new volunteer roles to fill! 

Van Driver's Mate:

We are looking for volunteers to help our drivers with organising and collecting furniture or large item donations around the region. You will help to keep accurate records of collections and deliveries.

Wellbeing Café Assistant:

Horton Wellbeing Café is aimed at adults aged 18 and over living in the Selby District who have mental health challenges or concerns, and their family members or carers. You will assist the Community Development Worker in the delivery of weekly drop-ins.

Befrienders:

We are looking for Befrienders to work with two individuals currently being supported in our services. Experience with people with mental health challenges and disability would be an advantage.

Shop Assistant:

Your role will be to greet Horton Housing staff and those who we support to the shop, help them find the items they are looking for and answer their questions where you can. Other duties will include reserving items, helping with replenishing stock on the shop floor, light housekeeping, preparing items for collection and accepting and sorting donations. 

Activities Support Assistant:

Our YPASS service are recruiting Activities Support Assistant to run groups to young people focusing on money management, wellbeing, cook and eat, employment/training and IT support. 

For more information, email: volunteer.applications@hortonhousing.co.uk.

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Our Opportunities:

Van Driver's Mate

This role involves helping our drivers in organising and collecting furniture or large item donations, whilst providing customer service to all donators. You will help to keep accurate records of collections/deliveries.

  • To assist the delivery driver with furniture collections
  • To safely collect and deliver all items to the storage unit or to clients properties
  • Keeping accurate records of collections/deliveries
  • Providing strong customer service to all donators

What experiences can you gain from this opportunity?

  • Assisting those who need your help at any time
  • Opportunity to develop new skills and to utilise existing skills
  • Chance to work as part of a team
  • Meeting new people

What are we looking for?

  • Physically fit
  • Honest and reliable
  • To have a good standard of written and verbal English
  • A friendly, welcoming and flexible approach and be able to relate to others
  • Ability to work as part of a team

Gardener

We are looking for volunteers to join our team, to encourage and support our residents to spend time outside in the allotment, helping to create a space for relaxation, exercise, gardening and play.

What will I be doing?

We look especially for individuals with a holistic perspective and ideally some community experience, who enjoy working with groups. Skills in group process, healing & maintenance. Holistic gardening is not a lifestyle or a movement – it is simply a way of gardening that benefits the mind as much as the body as much as the spirit and not least as much as the garden.

What experiences can you gain from this opportunity?

  •  To work with a variety of clients with different support needs including mental health, substance misuse and physical health
  • Understand the importance of the impact access to nature upon someone’s mental health and wellbeing
  • Be part of sustainability plans in response to the climate emergency

What are we looking for?

  • Have a general knowledge of gardening
  • Be over the age of 18 due to the nature of the service
  • Good listening and communication skills at all levels
  • Reliable, organised, consistent, dependable and have an ability to handle a level of stress
  • Understand the need to adhere to policies and procedures especially around Safeguarding
  • A caring, sympathetic, sensitive manner and a non-judgemental approach

The role also includes the need to follow Safeguarding processes when needed. The role will require an enhanced DBS Check, of which we will cover the cost.

Wellbeing Café Assistant

Horton Wellbeing Café aimed at adults aged 18 and over and living in the Selby District, who have mental health issues or concerns, and their family members and carers. You will assist the Community Development Worker in the delivery of weekly open-access community Wellbeing groups.

Main Duties:

  • Help set up and clear down for the group
  • Welcome people
  • Assist with the making and serving of refreshments
  • Chat to people and help create a safe, informal café style environment
  • There is also the opportunity to develop your skills by being involved with the delivery of wellbeing sessions
  • Undertaking Support Plan tasks as agreed with Support worker/Manager

What experiences can you gain from this opportunity?

  • Working in a professional fast paced environment
  • Assisting those who need your help at any time
  • Supporting vulnerable people
  • Meeting new people

What are we looking for?

  • Excellent communication skills including an appropriate telephone manner and people skills.
  • Have the ability to work as part of a team or under own initiative
  • Approachable, warm and friendly disposition with a patient and caring approach
  • Effective communication skills
  • Observe policies, procedures and good practice agreed by Horton Housing
  • Willingness to observe confidentiality and safeguarding policies at all times in matters relating to client information
  • Previous experience/knowledge of the service user group

The role will require a DBS Check, either standard or enhanced of which we will cover the cost.

Befriender

Befrienders are carefully selected volunteers who are trained to provide support and companionship to lonely, or emotionally distressed, people. Befrienders will usually visit for an hour or so per week this can include walks to the park, trip to the movies or weekly telephone conversations.

Peer Mentors will provide less of a supportive relationship and have a stronger emphasis on goal setting and time limited support. It’s a great role for those with lived experience of the issues faced by the homeless and makes a big difference to our clients knowing that they have someone to turn to who does truly understand what they are going through.

We will ensure you are suitably matched based on your interests and experiences.

You will:

  • Help support clients to becoming tenancy ready
  • Provide a listening ear
  • Help get clients in to education or training
  • Help clients to address the issue of homelessness
  • Support clients with life skills and independent living
  • Provide a supportive social relationship
  • Be a role model

What experiences can you gain from this opportunity?

  • Working in a professional fast paced environment
  • Assisting those who need your help at any time
  • Peer mentors will help clients to develop their skills
  •  Building knowledge about the services available in your area
  • Befrienders will help people feel more connected with their community
  • Meeting new people

What are we looking for?

  • To have a good standard of written and verbal English
  • Excellent communication skills including an appropriate telephone manner and people skills
  • A friendly, welcoming and flexible approach and be able to relate to others
  • Ability to use own initiative but be able to ask for help when required
  • Some computer skills including being familiar with Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Outlook), emails and database
  • Be reliable and non-judgemental

The role also includes the need to follow Safeguarding processes when needed. The role will require an enhanced DBS Check, of which we will cover the cost.

Shop Assistant

Your role will be to greet Horton Housing staff and those who we support to the shop, help them find the items they are looking for and answer their questions where you can. Other duties will include reserving items, helping with replenishing stock on the shop floor, light housekeeping, preparing items for collection and accepting and sorting donations.

The role involves light housekeeping and some lifting and carrying.

What experiences can you gain from this opportunity?

  • Knowledge and experience of working in a shop environment
  • Assisting those who need your help at any time
  • Opportunity to develop new skills and to utilise existing skills
  • Chance to work as part of a team
  • Meeting new people

What are we looking for?

  • Physically fit
  • Honest and reliable
  • To have a good standard of written and verbal English
  • A friendly, welcoming and flexible approach and be able to relate to others
  • Ability to work as part of a team

Activities Support Assistant

The YPASS service offers floating support to young people who are at risk of homelessness. The groups we will be running are to be confirmed but will focus on money management, wellbeing, cook and eat, employment/training and IT support. All applicants should be available for group support as well as befriending.

You will:

  • Encourage attendance
  • Provide a listening ear
  • Go to cheap/free activities such as going to the park, museum, bowling or the cinema
  • Leisure activities
  • Practical support with paperwork
  • Attending appointments

What experiences can you gain from this opportunity?

  • Working in a professional fast paced environment
  • Assisting those who need your help at any time
  • Meeting new people

What are we looking for?

  • To have a good standard of written and verbal English
  • Excellent communication skills including an appropriate telephone manner and people skills
  • A friendly, welcoming and flexible approach and be able to relate to others
  • Ability to use own initiative but be able to ask for help when required
  • Some computer skills including being familiar with Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Outlook), emails and database
  • Be reliable and non-judgemental
  • Have your own transport or willing to use public transport

The role will require a DBS Check, either standard or enhanced of which we will cover the cost.

Mission Statement

To help people to live the best life they can through the provision of high quality housing, training, care and support.