About Us

Life is a journey, not a destination

And that’s OK. We’ve all got to start somewhere.


Our History

For Homeless Oxfordshire, our beginning was humble. In a shabby old school building, named Oxford Night Shelter, we provided overnight emergency accommodation to anyone that needed a warm bed and a roof over their head.

It was far from ideal. But we used what we had and gave it our all. With 12 people in each room, we were pushed but strived to provide the best service we could. We transformed classrooms into dormitories and provided everyone with food, washing facilities and as much support as possible.

Fast-forward 34 years and here we are the largest homeless accommodation provider across the county. Not only do we provide accommodation at our 56 bed hostel but we have 144 beds across the local community in 24 properties offering a full range of support.

Our Mission

To provide short term accommodation with access to high quality support and initiatives that enable people to have a safe space, in which they can begin to take control of their own lives and recover from homelessness.

Our Aim

Through the provision of a wide range of different types of accommodation, people will learn how to manage a tenancy, have improved self-esteem, a more positive self-identity and gain the skills that will enable them to move on, live and succeed with greater independence.

Meet The Team

Here at Homeless Oxfordshire

Simon Hewett-Avison


Lucy Flanagan

Head of Property and Facilities

Andy Gould

Interim Head of Fundraising and Communications

Janet Lambert

Head of Finance

Ashley Freeland

Interim Head of Housing 

Damola Olaleye

HR Manager

Laura Potter-James

Head of Support Services


  • Ryan Cooke

    Chair of Trustees

  • Anne Clarke


  • Endah Paton


  • Tony Alexander


  • Frank Webster


  • David Huw Owen


  • Anne Cooper


  • Penny Budgen


  • Kate Hood


  • David Cryer


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Congratulations to "Alfie" who is the winner of our "Pawfect pets at Christmas" competition! 🐶🎄

His picture was chosen by our clients to be the design of our Christmas card for 2023!

Thank you to all that entered. We appreciate the support shown 😍

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