Place at the Table: Aspire's Winter Appeal 2019

On Wednesday 18th December, Aspire held a special festive dinner for some of the most vulnerable people in Oxfordshire facing homelessness, poverty and disadvantage. It was a wonderful evening, with everyone there receiving a fantastic Christmas dinner, much-needed company, festivities and a Christmas gift. We'd like to thank Yarnton Home and Garden for putting on such an amazing event for us, and of course to everyone who volunteered at the event, gave Christmas gifts or donated to our appeal.

Now that the festive season is over, homelessness and poverty can too often go out of the spotlight. But our work is needed more than ever before. This is why we will continue to run our Winter Appeal into January, to ensure that we can continue to be there for everyone who needs us.

How you can help

Will you join us in tackling homelessness and poverty across Oxfordshire? Whether you make a donation, fundraise or get your church, company or school involved, you'll be giving hope and opportunity for some of the most vulnerable people in Oxfordshire.

  • £32 could pay for a training course to help a formerly homeless person into employment 

  • £250 could sponsor a table, transforming the lives of ten people experiencing multiple disadvantage

  • £500 could sponsor a table with additional specialist employment support, helping vulnerable people to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, for good.

I found a charity called Aspire who took me under their wings, and made me realise that I matter in life. They helped me to find employment with a major construction company, and also helped me to find a home. This has given me hope and security for the future.

Frank, 2019

Aspire's wider homelessness programmes

This appeal comes at a time when Aspire is doing more than ever before to tackle Oxfordshire's homelessness and housing crisis.

We are running housing projects for rough sleepers and ex-offenders at risk of homelessness. We are continuing our vital homelessness prevention programme to make sure that people at risk of eviction have the support they urgently need to stay in their homes. We will be part of the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) to ensure that no one needs to sleep rough during the coldest nights of the winter.

Last year, the need for our work increased by 46%. By supporting Aspire's Winter Appeal, you will help us be there for everyone who needs us.

On behalf of everyone at Aspire - thank you so much for your support.