Oxford Homeless Action Group
The Oxford Homeless Action Group works to link the talents and concerns of students with the community services for the homeless who need their support
1-3 hours a week during term time
Around Oxford city
Who are OHAG?
Homelessness is one of Oxford's most striking epidemics, and as students it's easy to feel like we just don't have the time, money or means to contribute to the alleviation of the issue.
It can be especially disheartening to see homelessness in the broader context of Oxford's architectural beauty, in a place where there is so much invested in our education and the preservation of the city's heritage.
That's where we come in: the role of the Oxford Homeless Action Group is to establish direct links between students and community services for the homeless who need their support, by co-ordinating and facilitating student volunteering in partnership with these local charities:
OxHop
Oxford Homeless Pathways provide a variety of different services for the homeless and recently homeless. They tackle short-term issues with emergency accommodation and kitchens, and the long-term with skills workshops and rehabilitation programs.
What does it involve?
Due to ongoing cuts to the county council, OxHop are extremely short-staffed in their kitchens and are relying on volunteers to keep them running. They are looking for people to come in and help with the preparation and service of food for their clients—no experience required!
What's the time commitment?
Sign-up on a week by week basis, from 1-3 hours a session.
Aspire
Aspire is a nonprofit Oxford-based organisation who create job opportunities for people facing barriers to employment, particularly those with a history of homelessness.
What does it involve?
Working with people in long term unemployment in the Learning Lounge, teaching basic IT skills, CV skills and generally building confidence.
What's the time commitment?
Approximately two hours a week.
Crisis
Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people. Their offices are based at the Skylight Centre in Oxford, and they organise twelve-week educational projects which seek to get homeless people into employment or onto the housing ladder
What does it involve?
Opportunities could include teaching Maths or cookery, volunteering around the Christmas period, or possibly even starting a book club.
What's the time commitment?
Once a week for twelve weeks.
Get involved
All you need to do to get involved is to fill in the application form on the Hub's website or e-mail us at homeless@oxfordhub.org. We'll put you on our mailing list and be in touch with our selection of volunteering opportunities - once you've chosen one that most resonates with you, we'll get you onboard.
Support with your application
Oxford Hub is committed to making our activities inclusive to all students. We can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, training sessions, volunteering projects and other activities, and can reimburse expenses such as bus tickets. We also provide ongoing support for the students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including special educational needs, please do get in touch at abigail.rose@oxfordhub.org and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.
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