Six housing and homelessness organisations, local councils and the Lived Experience Advisory Forum (LEAF) in Oxfordshire have collaborated to create the ‘Oxfordshire Homelessness Alliance’, as a new partnership of commissioned services embarking on a ground-breaking programme of work, to prevent and resolve homelessness in Oxfordshire.
The Alliance providers – Aspire, A2Dominion, Connection Support, Elmore Community Services, Homeless Oxfordshire and St Mungo’s – are working alongside Oxfordshire County Council, the local city and district councils and LEAF to improve service delivery and client outcomes for adults experiencing – or at risk of – homelessness, throughout the county.
The Alliance approach signals a clear intention to work in a more co-operative, aligned way between providers and councils across the county, to tackle the complex social problem of homelessness.
This new approach has already succeeded in bringing new training to the county, with Oxfordshire Homeless Alliance being accepted onto the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) network. The nationally recognised programme helps local areas design and deliver better coordinated services for people experiencing multiple disadvantages.
This announcement coincides with marking the annual World Homeless Day on Monday 10th October, which this year shares a date with World Mental Health Day. In recognition of this, Oxfordshire Homelessness Alliance and Oxfordshire Homeless Movement have actively contributed to an additional strand of the ‘Get Oxfordshire Talking’ campaign, providing an opportunity for people to set out how they are working to change the lives of people experiencing homelessness in their local community, and share information about how mental health difficulties and homelessness are intertwined.
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Homeless Oxfordshire has over 35 years’ experience of delivering successful accommodation and support to some of the most vulnerable people in our local communities. Over 300 people use our services every year.
Our mission is to provide support and security through the provision of short term accommodation and access to activities that help guide people in the journey out of homelessness and towards recovery.
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Aspire Oxfordshire is an employment and housing charity and social enterprise, working throughout Oxfordshire and in the wider region to support people facing homelessness, disadvantage and marginalisation, into and towards fulfilling employment and secure housing. We support individuals through a range of activities to develop confidence and resilience, so that they are able to find and sustain a job, housing, and improve their lives for the future.
A2Dominion is one of the UK’s leading housing providers with over 38,000 homes across London and Southern England. The Group provides affordable, private, and social rented homes, student, NHS, and temporary accommodation, as well as supported housing and homes for older people.
While the Group takes a commercial approach to housebuilding, all its profits are used for a social purpose, with millions of pounds reinvested into delivering more new homes and better services for customers.
Group Website: www.a2dominiongroup.co.uk
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At Connection Support our team of staff members and volunteers provide expert support to vulnerable people with complex and challenging needs across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Milton Keynes. Our aim is to solve homelessness and achieve independence for all our clients, and to do that we provide a wide range of services which offer support with homelessness, housing support, mental health, independent living, preventing isolation, parental mentoring, refugee resettlement and social prescribing. This aim is fully inclusive, which means we work with people who are at risk of ‘falling through the gaps’ to make sure that no one is left behind. We believe that every human being is a valuable member of our society and should be treated as such.
Elmore Community Services
Elmore Community Services is a Thames Valley third-sector provider of personality disorder, complex needs, domestic abuse, and homelessness services. Last year over 1,000 people used Elmore’s services. Elmore is an accredited Living Wage and Oxford Living Wage charity with a mission to fill the gaps in existing services.
Website: Elmore Community Services
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St Mungo’s is a leading homelessness charity with national influence. We work in partnership with local authorities, health colleagues and communities, to end homelessness and rebuild lives.
St Mungo’s services in Oxford include Outreach for people experiencing rough sleeping, LifeWorks psychological therapy and access to an Employment Support Team and Digital Recovery College. We also run Somewhere Safe to Stay, for people who are new to or at risk of homelessness, and Housing First accommodation to provide people with a long-term home.
Twitter: @StMungos / https://twitter.com/StMungos