National Gardening Week 2022: Mental Health and The Benefits of Gardening

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During the National Gardening Week (2nd-8th May) and the Mental Health Awareness Week (9th-15th May), we want to raise awareness about the benefits of gardening on mental health for our clients, and our supporters too. There is something we all have in common: as well as our physical health, good mental health is of paramount…

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Busting Myths about Homelessness in Oxford

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Busting Myths about Homelessness in Oxford Homelessness affects lots of different people. Some people become homeless because they have experienced mental health problems, drug or alcohol misuse, domestic violence or abuse, unemployment or family breakdown. Yet, there are still a lot of misconceptions about homelessness that are based on faulty thinking or understanding. Busting these…

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Our mission to support women in 2022

This year, we’re focusing on supporting women through our services. In the past year, we’ve seen a 40% increase in women accessing our services, which shows we’re facing a crisis when it comes to women becoming homeless and being able to access the right support. In this post, we’re sharing more about how we’re planning…

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Eddy’s story – a story of hard work and perseverance

 Eddy came to us for help in 2001 after he was unable to stay in the Night Shelter, due to his age at the time. As soon as Eddy turned 25, he sought shelter in our old single-story building, where he slept in a dorm. At Homeless Oxfordshire, we want to end homelessness, not manage…

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Emma’s story – a story of survival

Emma first found herself homeless when she was only 14 years old. After a family breakdown due to domestic abuse, Emma and her brothers and sisters were living with their mother in a hostel; one room in a shared house. At this young age, Emma decided that it was her job to protect her brothers…

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Women and homelessness – interview with BBC Oxfordshire

This year, we’ve increased our focus on supporting homeless women in Oxfordshire. We’re one of only 11% of accommodation projects able to offer women-only provision within their service. This year alone, we’ve seen a 40% increase in women accessing our services. Our Head of Fundraising & Communications, Jo Faulkner-Harvey went on BBC Radio Oxfordshire to…

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Izzy’s Story

Losing a child can have a catastrophic effect on a person’s mental health. For Izzy, losing her baby was a catalyst for change. At 15 years old, Izzy left her family home. Her house had a chaotic environment, one where she had suffered years of emotional and physical abuse. There came a point when she’d…

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Introducing our BRAND NEW Housing and Innovation Service

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Homeless Oxfordshire · New safeguarding service for homeless people in Oxfordshire We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new Housing and Innovation Service! This new service is made up of several key aspects that will support the growth and development of Homeless Oxfordshire. In other words, it will allow us to go further…

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'Unfair Britain' above several raised hands and the image of a hand placing a vote in a ballot.

According to ‘Is Britain Fairer? (2018)’, a report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, life is still unfair for many people in England.* The report states, “Homelessness is also on the rise, putting more people in a precarious position and particularly affecting people from ethnic minorities, disabled people and other at-risk groups.” That was…

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Being homeless isn’t a crime

Did you know that rough sleeping can still be deemed a criminal activity and rough sleepers can be fined up to £1000?! We’d like to think that attitudes towards homelessness have improved since Charles Dickens’ times, when this Act first came into force. Thankfully MPs are talking about scrapping the Act for good. However, despite…

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