THANK YOU to everyone who has helped us Go Forward Together, and to stand up for those most at risk in our community so far

We need your help to continue to reach the hundreds of people we know are most in need with nowhere else to turn, in the face of an unacceptable rise in fuel poverty, hardship and risk of homelessness.

With more demand on our services and tighter project budgets, we need to ensure our team has the financial stability to sustain the personalised support we know can make a difference for the long-term.

How have we gone forward together over the last year?

Fahmi resettled in Oxford as a resident under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (SVPRS) programme, joining Aspire in late 2019 to attend our Work Based English course, where he learnt about customer service vocabulary and experienced taster sessions with a range of local partner firms.

After undertaking additional training, further English Language learning and working part-time in the hospitality sector, Fahmi engaged with Aspire’s recruitment service in 2022, to make use of his mechanical and practical skills through alternative employment opportunities.

Following a successful 4-month placement with Green Templeton College’s maintenance team, Fahmi was invited to undertake a similar role with St Anne’s College in November 2022, and in February 2023 started a full-time, permanent general maintenance role with the college!

What are we working towards?

- We will provide enhanced employment and housing support across the county, to those who are vulnerably-housed and at risk, including a larger group of refugees and ex-offenders, and those who are being held back by the effects of the pandemic and cost of living crisis.

- We're providing energy efficiency, fuel poverty and debt advice training for our team members, we've introduced a bank of local and national energy-saving resources and guidance, and a personalisation energy fund to provide financial support where needed.

- We're undertaking a feasibility study on introducing a modular housing pilot development in Oxford, in partnership with Transition By Design, starting later this month.

Here’s how YOUR support could help us further in 2023:

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To find out more about Going Forward Together or how you can get involved, please email Shelby Stapleton, Communications & Governance Support Officer.