Volunteers’ Week 2022 at Homeless Oxfordshire

Volunteers Week takes place the first week of June, from 1st to 7th, every year. It is a special opportunity for the UK to celebrate volunteers and say a big thank you for their generosity and kindness. Volunteering is such an essential part of Homeless Oxfordshire. You offer additional support to staff, and let our…

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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

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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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Announcing our Raffle Winners!

Like so many business and charities, the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted our income streams and caused us massive financial disruption. However, in true ‘Homeless Oxfordshire spirit’, we showed our resilience and adapted our efforts to online fundraising… despite the adversity! We raised an incredible £4381 which is thanks to YOU, our supporters, who helped us out…

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No home or abusive home? The life or death decision.

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Recently we spotted a great story about three survivors of domestic abuse who began a furniture project to provide women with furnishings who might have lost their possessions as a result of fleeing a violent home. These women turned their horrific experiences into something positive to help others. This resonates with us and our belief…

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The COVID19 crisis stopped the world in its tracks, but we kept going.

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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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