We have put together a collection of resources for students to better understand how they can support work to prevent homelessness in Oxford and how to provide support to people currently homeless.
If you see somebody sleeping rough or are worried about a person experiencing homelessness
In an emergency, or if they’re under 18 contact 999
If it’s not an emergency, contact Streetlink at 0300 500 0914 as they take referrals 24/7 and will ensure the information gets to the local homelessness outreach team. You can also make a referral online at streetlink.org.uk (you just have to make an account which takes less than a minute!)
Direct them to St Mungos - email@example.com or 07590862049 - this is the local homelessness outreach team who work 6 days a week (not 24/7) and helps people experiencing homelessness find the support and accommodation they need
Places homeless people can get shelter
Day Time services are listed here and they include:
Porch - providing day long support
Gatehouse - provides food, drink, clothing, counselling and showering service for adults experiencing homelessness
You can find more details about daytime services available to support homeless people here: oxfordshirehomelessmovement.org/daytime-services-oxfordshire
Night Shelters in Oxford:
The St Mungos team will be able to give the best advice on this so connecting people experiencing homelessness to them is the best first step. *OXFORD CITY CENTRE ONLY*
Winter night shelters to be aware of include:
Oxford Winter Night Shelter (running every night Jan-March)
SWEP (open to any homeless person when the temperature falls below zero degrees)
Ways to volunteer and get involved
Oxfordshire Homeless Movement can direct you to different volunteering opportunities and more! Find these here: https://www.oxfordshirehomelessmovement.org/i-want-to-help
Check out Oxfordshire Homeless Movement’s list of items you can donate and locations to take them - including non-perishable food, phones, laptops, bicycles, clothes etc.
You can find a list of locations to donate items, as well as the items they accept here: https://www.oxfordshirehomelessmovement.org/i-want-donate-items
Student groups doing weekly food runs
Turl Street Homeless Action: A student-led organisation providing hot drinks, food and company to people experiencing homelessness in Oxford. Check out their website to get involved!
Just Love: A Christian student run group doing Friday food runs. Check out their Facebook group to get involved.