Sara Rawnsley, regional fundraising executive for Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, visited Sibford School near Banbury on Friday (17 January) to speak about the work undertaken by Crisis Skylight Oxford.
She was accompanied by two of the charity’s clients who spoke about the times they had spent sleeping rough and shared how Crisis had helped them turn their lives around.
“Oxford has a significant problem with homelessness,” Sara told her audience of sixth form pupils. “There is a high rate of rough sleeping and many households where people are passing through on a temporary basis.
Crisis is about empowering single people who are homeless, building their self esteem, helping them to find a job and somewhere to live and encouraging them to look to the future with confidence.”
Dave, who found himself homeless after the break up of his marriage said: “When you’re homeless you can’t shave, you can’t wash, you look the part of a tramp and you end up living the part. You then turn to drink or drugs to take away the pain. Thanks to Crisis I am now staying in a ‘dry house’. I am making the most of the different classes and workshops available at the Skylight centre and am beginning to see a way forward.”