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Gatehouse November 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.

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 longt-erm 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 admin@oxfordgatehouse.org See oxfordgatehouse.org for further details about volunteering.

We have also recently launched our Winter Appeal to raise £10,000 in donations between now and the end of March 2020, and volunteers are needed to distribute our fundraising leaflets around Oxford. If you would be interested in helping out please send your contact details to fundraising@oxfordgatehouse.org using the Subject title “Winter Appeal leafletting”.

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: 6 November 2019

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