How can I help?
There are really easy ways in which you can help. One of the simplest is to take responsibility for helping to keep the house clean and tidy. Ask a worker if you are struggling to find a job to do – they’ll be able to tell you!
Don’t forget to tell other women about the centre and the amazing holiday you’ve had here. Paying as much as you can afford is another way to help. The payment system is operated on trust, and so the workers are not responsible for establishing how much each guest is able to pay. The prices web page offers guidelines on this. The sliding scale is designed so that women on the lowest income can stay for a week at the WHC.
There is a wish list of items that the house needs – everyday items need replacing regularly in a house as busy as this! If you would like to contribute, you could donate an item off the wish list. There is also a donation box above the fireplace in the dining/sitting room.
Women who are able to regularly support the WHC financially can make a standing order. You can agree to give as little (e.g. £2) or as much as you like each month to the house directly from your bank account, and we can even claim tax back on all money donated if it’s gift aided at the end of the year. Email us or phone for a standing order or one off donation form, it’s easy to complete and gift aiding makes your donation go even further!
If there is anywhere that you could put a small or big poster or some leaflets for Horton, please send an stamped addressed envelope or ask for a poster to be e-mailed . With our limited budget, it’s a challenge to reach new women, so we rely on your help. Lots of our visitors find out about us by word-of-mouth, so if you’ve enjoyed your stay, then please tell others!
Friends of Horton
‘Friends of Horton’ are women who support the house in other ways than through the Management Committee or the Co-op, for example through house-sitting or other specific projects.
House-sitters sometimes come and look after the house and guests is in order for the workers to take a break and get some well-deserved rest. We are always on the look out for new women to do this important and rewarding job. You would be working alongside one of the workers until you have enough experience to work either on your own or with another house-sitter.
To become a house-sitter, training is required. To register interest or find out more, please speak to the workers, check out the events page for the latest training dates.
We want you to feel you have a place to take your concerns, questions and ideas about Horton, so please use the various contact options on these pages. Also, if there is anything you want to bring to the attention of the management committee, please email them. If you would be interested in becoming part of the management team, please email us, and we will send you the info pack and application form.
Plans for the future
Our six main aims for the next five years are :-
- Increasing the visitor numbers and widening the user base
- Creating an en-suite in worker’s accommodation
- Improving energy efficiency
- More and more endless fundraising!
- Increasing accessibility
- Increasing user involvement
If you feel able to play a part in making this happen then we would love to hear from you.