Oxfordshire Homeless Movement: This Christmas, create a new beginning for anyone currently experiencing homelessness in Oxfordshire

Dec 06 2021

At this time of year, many people are reminded how vital it is that everyone has a safe, stable and decent home. Homelessness robs people of this basic need.

OHM’s partners are on the ground delivering many hard-hitting local projects that bring hope to people experiencing homelessness. However, some people have nowhere to turn, even at Christmas. When people have lost or don’t have access to state-funded benefits and housing, this can leave them quite literally out in the cold. Working with its partners, one of OHM’s priorities is to fill these gaps when others can’t.

OHM’s latest project could be the last hope for people in this situation. It addresses this unmet need, giving warmth and human friendship by providing both stable homes and help to recover from the trauma of homelessness. So far, we have supported eight people (soon to be nine!), who now have the chance for a new beginning, preparing for work and to be a part of the community again.

Your donations and our work support people like Paul, who had no access to housing, despite being in the country legally. He says: “Being homeless is so degrading. Denying people access to housing can cause untold suffering and nobody should be treated like this. This support has given me something tangible that makes me feel like a human being again.”

OHM is also proud to support the Lived Experience Advisory Forum (LEAF). LEAF ensures that our work remains up to date and relevant, guided by people who have personally experienced homelessness. This means we can help our partners to understand fully what is critically needed.

This Christmas, your donations will help provide homes and support to 12 more people who have been denied a home due to their legal status; continue our vital engagement with people who have lived through the issues; and support our charity partners in their work to make houses into homes.

What you can do to help

GIVE TIME

• Increase your understanding of the issues by signing our charter and spreading the word about OHM.
Fundraise for OHM over the festive period.
Volunteer for local homeless organisations offering support at Christmas.

GIVE THINGS

• Give anything from warm coats to food via our partner Helping Oxfordshire Homeless Collaboration, who have donation points across Oxfordshire and run an Amazon wish list.

GIVE MONEY

Make a one-off gift:

o £10 will help someone rebuild their life by making it to vital appointments
o £75 will enable someone to be self-sufficient in their new home
o £250 will help someone recover from the trauma of homelessness with counselling and support

Make a regular donation to help us deliver this project and others well into the future
• You can donate online or by sending a cheque made payable to Oxfordshire Community Foundation with OHM written on the reverse to Oxfordshire Homeless Movement, PO Box 941, Oxford OX1 9TQ.

With your help this Christmas, more people will have a new beginning.

 

ENDS
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Notes for editors

Contact details

For media enquiries, including interview requests and photos, please contact:

Yvonne Pinner, Oxfordshire Homeless Movement

hello@oxfordshirehomelessmovement.org 07831 315904

About Oxfordshire Homeless Movement

• Oxfordshire Homeless Movement is a partnership of the many organisations working to ensure that nobody has to sleep rough on the streets of Oxfordshire.
• It aims to bring greater visibility to all Oxfordshire’s work in this area, guiding volunteers, supporters and homeless people alike to the actions or services they’re looking for.
• Donations to OHM go directly to local projects and partners. OHM’s main administrative costs are covered by a private donation.

About Oxfordshire Community Foundation
• Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF), a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (number 1151621), holds the funds and distributes all money raised as directed by Oxfordshire Homeless Movement.
• OCF works to improve the lives of our county’s most disadvantaged people by unlocking the power of community. We tackle the most pressing social problems locally: homelessness, educational inequality, loneliness and isolation.

OCF makes around £1 million in grants every year to charities across Oxfordshire that are working at the grassroots level to tackle pressing problems faced by its citizens, including emergency response to crises such as COVID-19.

About Oxford City Council

Oxford City Council is the democratically-elected local authority for Oxford.

In partnership with others, we provide a wide range of services – including planning, housing, community centres, parks and waste collection – for approximately 152,000 residents, 106,000 people who work in Oxford and the millions of people who visit our world-famous city every year.

We have set four key priorities, all of equal importance and all interconnected:
• to enable an inclusive economy, where everyone has access to sustainable business and employment opportunities
• to deliver more affordable housing, including a new generation of council homes to help meet our acute housing shortage
• to support thriving communities, reducing the stark inequality between our city’s richest and poorest residents
• to tackle the climate emergency by pursuing a zero-carbon Oxford

Our vision is to build a world-class city for everyone.

Oxfordshire has a two-tier system of local government, which means services are provided by two different councils. Oxford City Council provides local services for the city, while Oxfordshire County Council is responsible for strategic, countywide services such as roads, schools and social care.