Craven community cafes
Horton Housing’s Craven community cafes has received £25,000 to enable them to continue running this year. Craven community cafes have been running since 2014 and are held weekly in community venues in Skipton and Settle. The cafes are an early intervention and prevention service which help to prevent problems escalating and reaching crisis level. They provide a social setting, informal learning sessions and activities to vulnerable adults who have mental health issues and are experiencing or at risk of loneliness and social isolation.
The cafes work with a wide range of partners to deliver the sessions, which include crime prevention, IT skills, health and wellbeing and craft workshops. These sessions and activities help clients increase their confidence, develop skills and access volunteering and employment opportunities.
The cafes have been awarded funding from the Innovation Fund, delivered by North Yorkshire County Council and Your Consortium. The fund supports voluntary organisations that aim to reduce the loneliness and isolation often experienced by vulnerable adults.
The cafes help people like Emma. Emma was diagnosed with schizophrenia four years ago. She regularly attends Skipton community cafe and is now working as a volunteer trainer helping organisations in Craven to understand mental health issues in the work place.
She said: “People are scared of me, and wary of me, because I have a personality disorder and schizophrenia. I want to make people aware of the symptoms and how it affects people.
“Volunteering gives me a lot of confidence. It’s made me a lot stronger in myself. I had to get out of my comfort zone to get where I want to be.”
Join them at their Skipton and Settle community cafes:
- Wednesdays, 1:15pm – 4:15pm at The Meeting House, Settle
- Thursdays, 1pm – 4pm at St. Andrew’s Hall, Skipton
Craven STAY is a service that Horton Housing has delivered since October 2016. It is a housing-related support and drop-in service, available for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Drop-ins run from the Skipton and Settle community cafes. The service is part of a contract awarded to Horton Housing by North Yorkshire County Council, to deliver homeless prevention and housing-related support. Craven STAY aims to work with other organisations to reduce and prevent the increase in rough sleeping that the area has seen in the last 12 months.
Horton Housing also runs other services in the Craven District:
GaTEWAY – a service supporting Gypsies, Roma, Travellers and Showpeople in the District with accommodation, independent living needs and healthcare advice.
Welfare Reform Support Project – a service delivered in partnership with Craven District Council, that provides financial support to those who face poverty or risk becoming homeless due to welfare reform. It runs alongside Horton Housing’s work with Leeds City Credit Union, which gives all residents and workers in Craven access to credit union services. The Union is an alternative option for those who have been turned down by high street banks due to struggling with their finances.