Homeless Oxfordshire News

Tommy’s Story

4th April 2018

How did you end up homeless? I’ve always been getting in to trouble unfortunately, been getting in and out of prison since I was 15. I’d go to prison, then…

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Oxford Big Sleepout

10th November 2016

Thank you to all who took part in the Oxford Big Sleepout this year. The night went really well, with music, soup and a screening of the film ‘Not Just…

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Our support staff play a fundamental role in client’s recovery from homelessness.

They offer practical and emotional support to people when they are facing some of life’s toughest challenges.

We 🧡 Paul’s quote:

"At first, when I became homeless I just didn't know what to do. I felt like giving up. Having a meeting with someone, one-to-one, who is going to help and support you, makes you feel a lot more comfortable. It makes you feel like not giving up. And I haven't, now I've got my own flat"

Help more people to be like Paul > www.homelessoxfordshire.uk/donate

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Our support staff play a fundamental role in client’s recovery from homelessness.

They offer practical and emotional support to people when they are facing some of life’s toughest challenges.

We 🧡 Paul’s quote:

At first, when I became homeless I just didnt know what to do. I felt like giving up. Having a meeting with someone, one-to-one, who is going to help and support you, makes you feel a lot more comfortable. It makes you feel like not giving up. And I havent, now Ive got my own flat

Help more people to be like Paul > www.homelessoxfordshire.uk/donate

#HomelessNotHopeless

Looking forward to our Book Club meeting on 20th August - this will be a great discussion.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is a 1987 novel.
It weaves together the past and the present through the blossoming friendship between Evelyn Couch, a middle-aged housewife, and Ninny Threadgoode, an elderly woman who lives in a nursing home. Every week Evelyn visits Ninny, who tells her stories about her youth in Whistle Stop, Alabama where her sister-in-law, Idgie, and her friend, Ruth, ran a café. These stories, along with Ninny's friendship, enable Evelyn to begin a new, satisfying life while allowing the people and stories of Ninny's youth to live on. The book, which was made into a 1991 film, explores themes of family, aging, sexual orientation, and the dehumanizing effects of racism.

You can join us too > www.homelessoxfordshire.uk/book-club

With every subscription, you're helping a person to discover the joy that reading can bring - this gives a whole new meaning to 'the power of words' don't you think?
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Looking forward to our Book Club meeting on 20th August - this will be a great discussion.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is a 1987 novel.
It weaves together the past and the present through the blossoming friendship between Evelyn Couch, a middle-aged housewife, and Ninny Threadgoode, an elderly woman who lives in a nursing home. Every week Evelyn visits Ninny, who tells her stories about her youth in Whistle Stop, Alabama where her sister-in-law, Idgie, and her friend, Ruth, ran a café. These stories, along with Ninnys friendship, enable Evelyn to begin a new, satisfying life while allowing the people and stories of Ninnys youth to live on. The book, which was made into a 1991 film, explores themes of family, aging, sexual orientation, and the dehumanizing effects of racism.

You can join us too > www.homelessoxfordshire.uk/book-club

With every subscription, youre helping a person to discover the joy that reading can bring - this gives a whole new meaning to the power of words dont you think?

Battling addiction, Katy used our services for years.

"Even at my worst, staff were still here to help me.
The staff don't judge you. They take the time to talk to you and they really do care."

💪 Katy now works in the housing sector, sober, drug free, and living independently.

It's time to end homelessness, not just manage it. Help us > www.homelessoxfordshire.uk/donate

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Battling addiction, Katy used our services for years.

Even at my worst, staff were still here to help me.
The staff dont judge you. They take the time to talk to you and they really do care.

💪 Katy now works in the housing sector, sober, drug free, and living independently.

Its time to end homelessness, not just manage it. Help us > www.homelessoxfordshire.uk/donate

#HomelessNotHopeless

Ever heard of cuckooing? - Sadly it doesn't have anything to do with nature.

Cuckooing is when drug dealers take over the home belonging to a vulnerable person to widen their criminal network.

Exploitation of vulnerable people is a mounting concern for frontline accommodation services like Homeless Oxfordshire.
During this week we are working closely with Thames Valley Police and Oxford City Council, speaking to vulnerable tenants to support and safeguard them, identify any exploitation concerns, and provide the necessary interventions to prevent them from coming to harm.

If you think someone is being exploited common warning signs of exploitation include regular visitors, late night disturbances and disorder, physical injuries, and drug activity.
Reports can be made to Thames Valley Police by calling 101 (non-emergency) or 999 in an emergency.
#WeekofAction
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Ever heard of cuckooing?  - Sadly it doesnt have anything to do with nature.

Cuckooing is when drug dealers take over the home belonging to a vulnerable person to widen their criminal network.

Exploitation of vulnerable people is a mounting concern for frontline accommodation services like Homeless Oxfordshire.
During this week we are working closely with Thames Valley Police and Oxford City Council, speaking to vulnerable tenants to support and safeguard them, identify any exploitation concerns, and provide the necessary interventions to prevent them from coming to harm.

If you think someone is being exploited common warning signs of exploitation include regular visitors, late night disturbances and disorder, physical injuries, and drug activity. 
Reports can be made to Thames Valley Police by calling 101 (non-emergency) or 999 in an emergency. 
#WeekofAction

👩 Lucy's alcohol addiction led her to being fired from her job.
She tried rehab five times on her own but kept slipping back.
At 30, she was sleeping on the streets.

She found us, and two and a half years after starting using our service, Lucy moved into our Women's Project.

“There’s five of us and we’re all in recovery.
It’s about support, it’s about moving on; it’s not permanent, it’s a stepping stone. It’s one where you evolve and find yourself amongst people who know where you’re coming from and understand addiction.
I think it’s crucial for women to support each other when they’re going through a period of recovery.”

You can boost the support homeless women receive > www.homelessoxfordshire.uk/donate

#HomelessNotHopeless
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👩 Lucys alcohol addiction led her to being fired from her job.
She tried rehab five times on her own but kept slipping back.
At 30, she was sleeping on the streets.

She found us, and two and a half years after starting using our service, Lucy moved into our Womens Project.

“There’s five of us and we’re all in recovery.
It’s about support, it’s about moving on; it’s not permanent, it’s a stepping stone. It’s one where you evolve and find yourself amongst people who know where you’re coming from and understand addiction.
I think it’s crucial for women to support each other when they’re going through a period of recovery.”

You can boost the support homeless women receive > www.homelessoxfordshire.uk/donate

#HomelessNotHopeless
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Benefits of reading… Memory Improvement!
When you read a book, you have to remember characters, backgrounds, and plots.

Improving our clients' memories will help them in so many ways.

Your Book Club subscription helps them acquire essential skills - http://www.homelessoxfordshire.uk/book-club

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