…It’s not just somewhere they can come in and shelter. It’s somewhere where there is information available.” – John, ex-serviceman.   As Armed Forces Day 2020 approaches, we hope to raise awareness of issues facing ex-servicemen and women who might have fallen into homelessness. Homeless Oxfordshire provides a safe space for ex-service people such as John, who used our…

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Image says "Your kindness is contagious, you raised £31,000 for our emergency appeal - thank you"

Homeless Oxfordshire is one of the few front-line services that continued to operate throughout the COVID19 pandemic and it’s thanks to your support that we’ve been able to help of 200 service users stay safe during this time. When the COVID19 crisis stopped the world in its tracks, we kept going. Throughout our emergency appeal, you donated a staggering £31,000, enabling us to carry on helping people to recover from homelessness. At a time when everyone was told to…

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Rachel is a client in our Women’s project. In her own words she describes how she came to be homeless and her hopes for the future. Becoming homeless “I was with someone who was stupidly doing heroin and I tried it. This led me down the path of losing my house, family. I was sofa…

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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…

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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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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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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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The photo is taken over Penny's shoulder and shows support worker, Sue laughing with her. Penny has black dreadlocks and is wearing a grey top. Sue is wearing a pink leopard pink jumper with her Staff lanyard on.

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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Amber and Chris stand smiling after finishing the Oxford Half. Both are wearing their orange Homeless Oxfordshire t-shirts

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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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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