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Oxford Big Sleepout 2017
Saturday 7 October @ 7:00 pm - Sunday 8 October @ 7:00 am
The Big Sleepout is an event on 7th October organised by Aspire Oxford and Oxford Homeless Pathways to combat homelessness in the city.
The sleepout event asks supporters to give up their comfort for one night and bed down at Hill End Outdoor Centre. Last year’s sleepout saw over 70 people take part and raise over £24k for Aspire and OxHoP, two leading homelessness charities in Oxford.
As anyone who has walked around the city centre will have noticed, Oxford is facing a homelessness crisis. The number of people sleeping rough is increasing dramatically year on year, and at the same time, the vital work of Oxford’s leading homeless charities is under greater pressure than ever before. Significant funding cuts of up to 65% is seeing charities forced to cut services, leading to more local people vulnerable to homelessness or insecure housing.
Richard Venables, Partner at surveyors VSL and Chair of OCF’s responsible business group Reciprocate, has pledged to take part. Richard says: “I will sign up to this and lead by example – and try and get some of my colleagues to join me if I can. I really hope employees from other Reciprocate businesses will join me.”
During the evening there will be live music, speakers from homeless agencies and lived experience backgrounds, refreshments from Abundance Oxford and Disco Soup, interactive community stalls and a film showing of the documentary on homelessness in Oxford, Not just homeless, made by Aspire Oxford and Oxford Homeless Pathways. At 10pm you’ll be asked to find somewhere to bed down for the night armed with just warm clothing, your sleeping bag and your cardboard shelter. There will be hot drinks and food available in the morning and you’ll be able to leave by 7am.
This promises to be an inspirational community event that will make a lasting difference to people affected by homelessness. By signing up for the Oxford Big Sleepout you will be helping the most vulnerable people in our city to access secure housing, work experience, education and employment.
To sign up, please visit the Aspire website.