News

BBC story - "Oxford City Council threatens homeless with £2.5k fine over bags"

See this story on the BBC news website, which states that Homeless people who keep possessions in doorways in Oxford have been warned they face fines of up to £2,500.

Good luck to the council collecting that sort of money from people who can't afford a home.

OxPAT invites applications for core agency status for 2017 - 2018

For each of the past few years OxPAT has distributed £30,000 - £40,000 to help homeless or vulnerably housed people in Oxford, generally via ten - twelve core agency partners.

We are currently inviting applications for core agency status for 2017 - 2018. The closing date for applications is 9 February 2017.

To apply to be an OxPAT Core Agency please fill in the attached form, which should be read in conjunction with the Grant Policy.

Applications invited for skills development

Background

Over the past three years, the Oxford Poverty Action Trust (OxPAT) has received several very generous donations from W Lucy and Co to fund activities related to homelessness. The OxPAT committee has decided to use these donations to set up a training fund to help homeless and vulnerably housed people find employment.
We are now inviting applications for January to December 2017. We have around £5,000 available and are looking ideally to fund one or two projects.

Appleton Choir Carol Concert at Oxford Railway Station

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Carol singers from Appleton raised over £460 for the homeless in Oxford by singing carols at Oxford Railway Station on Thursday 15th December 2016.

The Carol singing was excellent and was well received by people travelling through the station.

Christmas Cards from OxPAT

Once again OxPAT is selling Christmas cards to raise money for homeless people in Oxford.


The 2016 cards are approximately 5" x 7" in size, and come in packs of 10 for £5.00. Local artist John Somerscales has again donated the artwork, which this year is a wintry scene of "Magdalen Bridge". The wording in the card reads Season's Greetings.

Working together brings better results: a case study in how Oxford Poverty Action can contribute

Collaborative working is at the heart of what we do in Oxford Poverty Action. By using donations to support our partner agencies we really can make a difference to the lives of vulnerable people who are experiencing complex issues connected to homelessness or home instability. The following case study, based on a report from our colleagues at SMART Howard House, a residential treatment centre which supports the recovery of people experiencing the devastating effects of drug and alcohol dependency, shows how small changes can have a big impact and lead to positive outcomes.

OxPAT AGM on 26 April at 18:30

Aspire have very kindly invited us to hold our AGM at their premises at
St. Thomas School
Osney Lane
Oxford OX1 1NP

Anybody interested in helping the homeless of Oxford is welcome to attend. It will be a short meeting. We hope that we will have representatives there from some of our partner agencies who will be able to give us some feed-back on how our donors money gets used.

Appleton Community Choir Carol Concert at Oxford Railway Station 2015

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Members of Appleton Community Choir raised over £300 for OxPAT by singing carols at Oxford Railway Station on Tuesday 15th December 2015.

The Carol singing was excellent and was well received by people travelling through the station.

Balliol are selling the OxPAT Christmas Card

Thank you to Balliol College who are selling our Christmas Card at their Lodge. They are also advertising it in their news.