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Race to the Stones

15th August 2019

On the 4th and 5th July, Jordan took on a challenge of a lifetime. After travelling 100km on foot to support our work, we caught up with him to find out more about his epic adventure.  What is the Race to the Stones and why did you choose this challenge? The Race to the Stones…

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Meet our volunteers

3rd June 2019

Earlier this week you heard from me but now it’s time you heard from some of our volunteers themselves! Who are these mysterious folk? What do they do and why do they keep coming back? Today I thought I would hand over to some of our stars to tell their stories and why they choose…

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Why should you volunteer?

28th May 2019

Volunteers are invaluable to Homeless Oxfordshire. They bring a diverse range of skills, unique talents, life experience and passion to our organisation. As the Volunteer Development Manager, I may be a little biased when I say that volunteering is simply a brilliant thing that anyone can do, but it really is true.  And in celebration…

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“I’m in a good place now”

13th November 2018

After her flat was taken over by a new landlord, Penny* couldn’t afford the increased rent. Struggling with her mental health after a divorce, Penny became homeless and started living on the streets. Since sharing her story, Penny has moved on to independent living. “I’ve worked all my life and I’ve managed to live a…

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Running the Oxford Half

18th October 2018

Running 13.1 miles is no mean feat! But for Amber, a personal determination to make a lasting difference pushed her through training. And on Sunday 6th October she completed the Oxford Half Marathon! So welcome to our guest blogger and running hero, Amber. What inspired you to run the Oxford Half for Homeless Oxfordshire? Rough…

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Why do people become homeless?

10th October 2018

We are in the middle of a homelessness crisis. And despite ambitious efforts to end rough sleeping in the next 10 years, the numbers of those without homes continues to rise. In Oxford, over 100 households a month approach the City Council identifying as homeless and asking for help. In just five years rough sleeping…

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“Life finally feels good.”

10th October 2018

Emma* came to Homeless Oxfordshire after escaping an abusive marriage. In one of our community properties, Emma had a safe space to recover and rebuild her life. With our support, she went back to work as a teacher and moved into privately rented accommodation. “I’ve been homeless twice in my life. The first time I…

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Three ways students can make real change happen

3rd October 2018

Welcome to Oxford! Whether you’re a returning student or a brand-new fresher, you’re probably busy enjoying all the city has to offer. You may have also noticed lots of people sleeping on the streets. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming and hard to know what you can do to help. But every year passionate students volunteer and…

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Lucy’s Story

20th November 2019

Lucy* is one of our growing number of women clients, here she bravely shares her experiences of homelessness, substance misuse and how we have been able to accommodate and support her as she recovers. “I first went into rehab in June 2015, because I’m an alcoholic. I was fired three times from the same job,…

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Jon’s Story

5th April 2018

Jon was struggling. With issues around drug dealing, sex working and financial abuse, he saw no light at the end of the tunnel. In his despair, he turned to Homeless Oxfordshire for help. As a high priority, vulnerable client, we got to work fast, creating a safe and well-monitored space for Jon to live comfortably…

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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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