Gatehouse December update
The Gatehouse is an open door drop-in café for Oxford’s homeless and vulnerably housed, which operates Monday – Friday 5.00-7.00 pm, Sundays 4.00-6.00pm, at the St Giles Parish Rooms, 10 Woodstock Road, near the centre of Oxford. We are also now running an additional session on Friday afternoons from noon to 3pm where guests can book an appointment to discuss their personal situation with Gatehouse project workers and receive information and guidance.
The Aims of the charity are: “To relieve poverty and hardship among homeless and needy people in or near the City of Oxford and, in particular, by the provision of a drop-in centre.” On a more personal level this is achieved by welcoming the homeless and vulnerable and providing a place where companionship, dignity, and refreshment can be found in a warm, safe and therapeutic environment.
We are always on the lookout for volunteers to help us run our sessions providing essential services for our Guests. These services include the provision of basic needs (food and drink, clothes, sleeping bags, toiletries etc.), social contact, and one to one information and help with a long term aim of achieving full reintegration with society for our Guests, including permanent housing. We also run weekly art, literary, and computer activity groups.
Each session takes up less than 4 hours of a volunteers’ time, and most individuals cover a regular slot once a week, but some do more or less than that and you can simply limit your commitment to one session at a time on varying days of the week according to your availability. If you would like a challenging experience where you can make a difference you can join our volunteer team by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or see oxfordgatehouse.org for further details about volunteering.
The Gatehouse is now one of the member charities of the Oxford Homeless Movement, having recently signed their Oxford Rough Sleeping Charter. The Movement has a long term aim to ensure that nobody has to sleep rough on the streets of Oxford, and other organisations are being encouraged to sign up to the Charter and make pledges to help bring this vision to fruition.
More information about other Gatehouse activities can be found on the News page of our website at oxfordgatehouse.org
Find out more about The Gatehouse on the Univ in the Community page.
Published: 11 December 2019