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

homeless person in a street in oxford

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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Launching our Impact Report 2019-2020

For over 30 years, we have been providing people with the skills they need so that they can move on in their journeys out of homelessness. Our Impact Report 2019-2020 showcases the variety of voices that make our charity the organisation that it is today. It features case studies ranging from clients past and present…

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Homeless Oxfordshire Book Club

This is the news we’ve been itching to announce… we have launched our very own online Book Club, which has also been named one of the ‘Editors Picks’ for this month by Daily Info Oxfordshire! Poor literacy is one of the reasons that people find it hard to move on from homelessness, and we are…

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Harry – Client at the Vineyard

Please note these responses were taken from a phone interview with Harry* on 1st March 2021. Harry’s answers are as close to the original as possible. Small grammatical changes have been made for readability purposes. It’s the little things in life that you don’t always realise are there until they are not there. Harry* current…

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The Oxfordshire Rough Sleeping Charter

What is the Oxfordshire Rough Sleeping Charter? It is a partnership of the many organisations working within Oxfordshire to end rough sleeping for good. “To ensure that nobody sleeps rough on our streets of Oxfordshire.” The Charter was co-created by the Oxfordshire Homeless Movement and Oxford’s homelessness agencies, charities, voluntary organisations and Oxford City Council and anyone…

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