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Helping the homeless
06 March 2018
In February, homelessness charity Crisis visited our Oxford office to talk to OUP employees about their work helping homeless people and the support we provide them.
Crisis is the national UK charity for homeless people; it helps people directly out of homelessness and campaigns for changes needed to solve the problem. In 2016/17 Crisis helped more than 1,400 individuals progress to education or a secure job, and together with 38,000 campaigners, changed the law to transform the help homeless people are entitled to in England.
Crisis also offers educational classes in English, English as a second language, Maths, IT, the arts, and health and wellbeing, as well as one-to-one development coaching, such as interview preparation.
Since partnering the charity five years ago, we are delighted to have been able to donate £30,000 in financial support as well as hundreds of books to support education activities in Crisis branches around the UK. As part of their recent visit to OUP, the Crisis team brought along several members to share their personal experiences of homelessness and how the charity and our resources have helped them. After a short presentation from each of them, our employees had the chance to meet and chat with the team and members.
Lucy Holton, Regional Fundraising Executive for Crisis, attended the event and commented: ‘It was brilliant to have another opportunity to come and speak to staff at OUP about our work at Crisis Skylight Oxford and to share the stories of some of our members. We were really pleased to see how many staff wanted to learn more about Crisis. One Crisis member who spoke was very nervous, as she hadn’t done public speaking before, but afterwards reported that she had really enjoyed it and was considering getting more involved with more of the arts classes at Skylight. We really enjoy working with OUP and hope to have further opportunities to do so in the future.’