DRARA is supporting a number of fantastic local charities this year - details on each of these is below.
OXFORD MUTUAL AID
Oxford Mutual Aid is a community organisation which works to support our peers and neighbours in Oxford, primarily through the provision of food support.
We are the only local service that is active seven days a week, operates on a delivery basis, and supplies baby necessities.
Christmas Information flyer – click for pdf
Link to become a part of the kitchen team
The Porch provides day long support for homeless and vulnerably housed people wanting to move forward in their lives, away from street-life and addiction. They have a Kitchen and now a new site both on Magdelen Road. Click here to see a presentation given at the AGM Nov 2021.
Our mission is to help, in a totally non-discriminatory way, homeless, recently re-housed homeless or vulnerably housed people.
Homeless Oxfordshire’s Mission is to provide short term accommodation with access to high quality support and initiatives that enable people to have a safe space, in which they can begin to take control of their own lives and recover from homelessness.
Homeless Oxfordshire are the largest homeless accommodation provider across the county. Not only do we provide accommodation at our 56 bed hostel but we have 144 beds across the local community in 24 properties offering a full range of support. There are several houses that are home to numerous clients within the Divinity Road Area.
The Gatehouse offers free support for adults aged 25+ who are homeless, vulnerably housed, on low income and/or looking for company and community. We operate out of our drop-in community centre at St Giles Parish Rooms, 10 Woodstock Road, near the centre of Oxford. (map it). See the latest Coronavirus (Covid-19) update below for details of our current services and operating times.
From November 2021 to the end of March 2022 we are running an Autumn & Winter Appeal with a target of £20,000 to help fund our activities over the coming year. See our news update for more details, or donate, either by going directly to our Justgiving Appeal page or the donate money page on this website, which lists other options. Please give generously, and make a positive difference to somebody’s life today.
CHILDREN HEARD AND SEEN
Children Heard and Seen support children, young people and their families who are impacted by parental imprisonment. It is estimated that 312,000 children each year have a parent in prison, although there is no database of who these children are and whether they are receiving support. As the prison population continues to rise, so does the number of children impacted. Children Heard and Seen over the past six years have worked alongside over 230 families and over 600 children and young people.
We strive to support their needs, listen to their concerns, and have their views heard and reflected in policy. Whilst we are primarily based in Oxfordshire, the introduction of online support during the pandemic means that we are now able to accept referrals to support families across the country.
Ways you can help
Volunteer to be a volunteer mentor or help run one of our activity groups (in-person or online), or even work on the admin.
Fundraise for us in any way you can think of.
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