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Oxford Big Sleepout - Friday 28th October 2016
Do you want to show your support for the growing number of homeless people in Oxford? Give up your bed for one night and take part in the Oxford Big Sleepout 2016.
 
This brand new event is organised in partnership with Aspire Oxford, Oxford Homeless Pathways and Connections Floating Support. All funds raised will be split between these charities and will go directly towards helping local people affected by homelessness.
Why organise a Big Sleepout event?
 
Oxford is facing a homelessness crisis. The number of people sleeping rough is increasing by 50% year on year. On top of this, the vital work of the leading homeless charities in Oxford is under intense pressure. Major funding cuts could see charities forced to cut services, leading to more local people vulnerable to homelessness or insecure housing. We believe that now is the time to act. 

About the Oxford Big Sleepout
 
When: Friday 28th October at Hill End Outdoor Centre, starting at 7pm and running through until 7am the following morning.
 
What’s On: This new event promises to be an inspirational experience. During the evening we’ll have live music, speakers and a cardboard shelter competition where you can create your own shelter for the night.
 
The Sleepout: At 10pm we’ll ask you to find somewhere to bed down for the night armed with just warm clothing, your sleeping bag and your cardboard shelter. We’ll then have hot food and drink available in the morning and you’ll be able to leave by 7am.
 
While our event will be held in the safe environment of Hill End Outdoor Centre for one night only, hundreds of local people have nowhere safe to go – this is their reality, night after night. The Oxford Big Sleepout will give you a unique insight into the realities of homelessness.
 
Ready to sign up?
 
Registration costs just £10 to help cover the event costs. We are asking people to raise at least £100 in sponsorship to help local people put homelessness behind them for good. There are also a limited number of tickets available for the evening only.

Sign up online here.
If you would like to organise your own Sleepout, or would like to make a donation then support our sleepout here.
Craig's story

Craig joined Aspire in August 2016 as a paid, part time Community Transport Passenger Assistant. Craig was a former Aspire trainee and has gone through the homeless pathway; with Aspire's support, Craig was able to gain work experience, increase his confidence and move into supported accommodation.

"Aspire has had a positive, massive impact on every aspect of my life. This job has given me a reason to get up in the morning. It has given me confidence; now I feel normal again. I never thought I would be where I am today and that is down to me and Aspire."

 
You can register online now for the Big Sleepout event here or call 01865 204450.
For more information please see the event website http://www.oxfordbigsleepout.wordpress.com/
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
 
With best wishes
 
The Oxford Big Sleepout team – Aspire Oxford, Oxford Homeless Pathways and Connections Floating Support.
 
 
Aspire Oxford is an employment charity and social enterprise creating real work placements, training and employment opportunities for people who face complex, multiple barriers to getting into work. Aspire operates four job clubs in Oxford city and runs its own social businesses in grounds and property maintenance, painting and decorating, community transport, cleaning, removals and recycling.
 
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