Participating Project

Project information

Re-Connect

OxHoP provides support to people who are homeless to help them develop new skills, manage their health or positively address other issues. Re- Connect's primary focus will be to develop work based skills, experience and improve opportunities for achieving & maintaining private rented accommodation.

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Charity information: Oxford Homeless Pathways

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  • Need

    Need

    Tackling homelessness is not just about putting roofs over heads. Becoming economically active and independent is key to an individual’s recovery, and allows people to move away from supported living environments. Sustainable employment also has great benefits to mental health stability, one of the main issues many of our clients face. Unemployed people can often become marginalised, lonely, and become more likely to return to homelessness if not engaging with the community around them.

    Solution

    Re-Connect will offer clients up to a 2 year tenancy in a shared house in Oxford, as well a dedicated Engagement Coordinator who will guide and facilitate the client's route into employment. This will be accomplished using S.M.A.R.T action plans broken down into manageable employment goals and objectives. Working with local businesses, we will offer training and employment opportunities during the clients tenancy, resulting in the client becoming economically active and out of supported living.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Guide clients to become economically active.

    Activities

    » Create partnerships with local businesses to provide training and employment opportunities, designed specifically for OxHop clients.
    » Work with local education providers to offer clients recognised academic and vocational qualifications to increase the clients employability.

    Clients will have contracted employment by the end of the tenancy with Re-Connect.


    Aim 2

    Guide clients to move away from support living.

    Activities

    » Put emphasis on the client taking control of their own actions and immediate future, by building on existing assets, and increasing resilience.

    Clients will be able to sustain a private rented or social housing tenancy with out support from external agencies.


    Aim 3

    Guide clients to become more engaged with their local communities.

    Activities

    » Involved Re-Connect clients in OxHop social enterprise projects that engage directly with other members of the community.

    More partnerships and employment opportunities with local businesses and support from other community groups. Clients will have a wider support network.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The long term benefits are huge for the homeless people we are helping. Gaining employment is the cornerstone of independent living. The impact on the community as a whole would also be positive as there would be more connections being made with each other. “So here I am now, sober, positive and maintaining a regular routine. That was a chapter in my life, and this is a new one”. We want to change attitudes in the community to give people their best chance of achieving independence.

    Risk

    The majority of our services are commissioned by Oxfordshire County and Oxford City Councils with additional support from fundraising and donations. With the reduction of statutory funding OxHoP is investing in its fundraising activities including community. We are trying to raise enough funding to ensure this project is successful.

    Reporting

    Oxford Homeless Pathways undertakes regular and thorough reviews of its services, both with regards to the views of clients via surveys and through the quantitative analysis of the ways in which services are used. Data is reviewed and reported on a quarterly basis.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £38,313

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Personalisation Budget £500 (1.5% increase/yr.) per client. Estimate some throughput of clients over a year up to 10 client
      £5,000 Marketing /Communication Includes Line Management Time, Payroll/HR. Fundraising support
      £18,813 Community engagement Co-ordina Employed by OxHoP
      £8,500 Contribution to Management Ti Includes Line Management Time, Payroll/HR. Fundraising support
  • Background

    Location

    The project will be based in 35 housing units across Oxford. Staff will be based at OxHop offices in O'Hanlon and Crown House.

    Beneficiaries

    Clients from the existing homeless pathway will be able to be referred to Re-Connect, but we will also work preventatively and aim to target those who may be vulnerably housed, or in a prolonged period of economic inactivity. This will offer them a short-fall safety net to allow them to 'bounce back' into independent living, as opposed to falling all the way down to street homelessness. The wider community and local business will also benefit from a wider staff pool and increased spending.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    For over 30 years, Oxford Homeless Pathways ( OxHoP) has been at the forefront of providing a wide range of services to help homeless people regain and maintain independence. Despite continued funding constraints, we are experiencing increased demand for our services, especially from individuals with more complex and multiple needs. Oxford Homeless Pathways (OxHoP) is the leading single homelessness charity in Oxfordshire.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Jo Faulkner-Harvey

    Jo will be working closely with the Engagement Officer to ensure the events run to there full potential.

    Charlotte Blake

    Charlotte is Head of Services facilitating housing requirements of clients and help to co-ordinate move ons out of support living.

    Engagement Co-Ordinator

    Guide client to create personalised SMART action plan to break down their employment goals and objectives. Also to create links with local business.