New Housing in Central Oxford
Hundreds of people were supported into hotel and college rooms across Oxford City throughout COVID-19 as part of the ‘Everybody In’ campaign, supported by Aspire. But we now need a solution that is long-term - and not just for COVID-19 - to prevent a return to pre-pandemic levels of homelessness across Oxfordshire, as protective financial and housing measures come to an end.
Aspire have been working with Transition by Design, Nuffield College and other supporters - including employees from Bouygues volunteering through Team Oxford - to refurbish and bring online new accommodation in central Oxford for up to thirty-five individuals across five empty residential Oxford college properties.
This builds upon our housing-led approach, offering more permanent, stable housing options for vulnerable adults over the next two years. Once out of temporary accommodation and settled in new homes, each beneficiary can work with our team to connect with the Aspire programmes that are most suitable to their unique needs, to gain experience, participate in training and find fulfilling employment. We will also be extending our countywide, community-based homelessness prevention service as we head into the autumn.
The ‘Our House’ community housing project in West Oxfordshire
Since April, we have been working with Cottsway Housing and West Oxfordshire District Council to deliver the ‘Our House’ project. Based in Witney, this innovative project provides personalised employment and independent living support for young people receiving out-of-work benefits, by turning large, empty properties into shared accommodation.
Here, project participants work with a dedicated Aspire support worker to set job goals, get ‘work-ready’, access training and apprenticeships - including Aspire’s enterprise business offerings - and pursue recruitment opportunities. With all three ‘Our House’ properties now full, we are so pleased with how this project is progressing!
Hire2Inspire | Aspire's New Social Recruitment Enterprise
The employment landscape today is one of difficulty for employers and employees alike - but the review and reassessment of business needs and working practices could provide a valuable opportunity for organisations to ensure they are building back as open, inclusive and progressive recruiters.
This is where Aspire’s new Social Recruitment Enterprise, ‘Hire2Inspire’, can help - providing dedicated recruitment support to match the skills and needs of work-ready candidates and employers, alongside free Inclusive Recruitment workshops and an annual Employers’ Conference, to encourage socially-conscious thinking and support businesses to improve their recruitment practices.
Run for Aspire | Aspire's Virtual Half Marathon 2020