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 30 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

Claire Dowan

Claire Dowan

Chief Executive
Eamonn Gaspar

Eamonn Gaspar

Head of Finance
Charlotte Blake

Charlotte Blake

Head of Services
Jo Faulkner-Harvey Head of Fundraising at Homeless Oxfordshire

Jo Faulkner-Harvey

Head of Fundraising & Communications
Lucy Flanagan

Lucy Flanagan

Head of Property & Facilities


  • William Downing

    Chair of Trustees

  • Anne Clarke


  • Graham Beith


  • Karen Simeons


  • William Downing


  • Isabelle Pitt


  • Robin Aitkin


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Did you spot us in the Oxford Mail? Following our announcement last week that we have received a fantastic £100,000, we had some press coverage to top it off! 😊

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