Calendar

Nov
17
Sat
Queer Caff @ Open House Oxford
Nov 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Are you aged 16-24 and worried about your housing or facing homelessness as a result of your sexuality? Or do you know someone who might be in this position? LGBTQIA+ people are hugely over-represented in the statistics on homelessness, in fact 1 in 4 homeless youth identify as LGBTQIA+.

Queer Caff is a regular social space where young people who are worried about their housing can come and simply hang out or seek advice, friendship and solidarity. And you’re welcome to bring your friends.

We’re launching our first ever Queer Caff on Saturday 17th November from 1-4 with a takeover by the Young Women’s Music Project. There will be performances and open decks from 3pm.

Nov
24
Sat
Homelessness Volunteering Fair @ Open House
Nov 24 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Do you want to offer your time and skills to help tackle homelessness in Oxford? Drop in on Saturday afternoon to hear from local projects and find out how you can get involved.

Nov
27
Tue
Housing Crisis: Design Feature or Flaw? @ Open House
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

As a student in the 1980s I paid £9 a week in rent. I was given a mortgage by a building society to buy a family home in the 1990s despite having a temporary low paid job and being in my twenties. I could write a few books, including on housing, because I had the security to do so, and I could start a family without worrying. There are reasons why such things are not possible now. And there are ways in which we can make them possible again.”

 On Nov 27th at 7:30pm, Danny Dorling, professor of geography at the University of Oxford, will be talking to us about why it is not just a coincidence that the UK is so bad at housing people, whilst sharing lessons from across Europe – as well as from the UK’s own past – as to how we can house ourselves better and why it matters that we do so.

Danny will be joined by campaigners and activists who are already beginning the job of designing a new, fairer and community-led housing system.

Ella Hancock, Senior Best Practice Officer at Crisis UK is conducting research exploring affordable cohousing for young people.

Sarah Ernst is an architect working with the Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS), a forward-thinking Community Land Trust to deliver up to 33 self-build homes in Ladywell, Lewisham. Alongside this she is working with Lewisham Homes (an ALMO) on a pilot project to refurbish three sheltered housing schemes.

Nov
29
Thu
A Future for Farndon? @ Open House
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

An open meeting to discuss the future of Farndon Court. Everyone welcome.

Dec
5
Wed
‘Writing Home’ poetry drop-in @ Open House
Dec 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Like to play with words? So do we!

Come hang out with our poet-in-residence and have a go at some writing games, techniques and activities – or just curl up with a cup of tea and a book! We will have plenty of resources, materials, and poetry for you to get stuck into so just drop in – no need to register.

The sessions run weekly on Wednesdays from 5 December between 10am and noon – and will carry on into the new year, too.

Spread the word!

Dec
8
Sat
How can you help rough sleepers in Oxford? @ Open House
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Have you ever walked past a person sleeping rough on the streets and wondered how you can help? Have you ever looked into volunteering or donating money or items of clothing and wondered where to donate and how best top help?

Oxford’s ‘Citywide Conversation on Rough Sleeping’ a partnership of organisations working across the homelessness sector is currently building a website to help people in Oxford answer this question.

The innovative partnership is working hard to make it easier for people to offer time, money or friendship to some of the people in Oxford who need it most.

And now they would like your input. To make sure the new website is as useful as possible, they are seeking input from people who might use it. If you’ve ever asked yourself ‘how can i help someone who is homeless?’, then this means you.

A team from the City Conversation will be at Open House from 2-5pm on Saturday 8th December seeking your comments and opinions on the new website. Come and drop-in, have a cup of tea and have your say.

 

Dec
11
Tue
Book Launch: Loving a Psychopath by Robin Blackk @ Open House
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Readings, signing and performances from Robin Blackk’s first book of poetry which features poems and stories of love, home and homelessness.

Dec
12
Wed
‘Writing Home’ poetry drop-in @ Open House
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Like to play with words? So do we!

Come hang out with our poet-in-residence and have a go at some writing games, techniques and activities – or just curl up with a cup of tea and a book! We will have plenty of resources, materials, and poetry for you to get stuck into so just drop in – no need to register.

The sessions run weekly on Wednesdays from 5 December between 10am and noon – and will carry on into the new year, too.

Spread the word!

Dec
15
Sat
Crafting Oxford 2036: Arts, crafts & model making @ Open House
Dec 15 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

What would you like your city to look like in 2036? Where would you like to live? In what sort of home? What would your route to work or school look like?

Oxford is currently consulting on its Local Plan, the blueprint for how our city will develop over the next 20 years. We’re hosting a day of arts, crafts and model making to reimagine our city and how we might make it a better place to live for everyone.

This is your chance to have your say.

The activities will be suitable for all ages and you are welcome to come for the whole day or drop in for an hour or two. The event is free but Open House operates on the principle of ‘use what you need and replace what you can‘ so if you’re able, we would welcome donations of model making materials and arts supplies.

We’ll have planning experts on hand so if you’d like to bring along your laptop and complete the online consultation with some expert support then please feel free. You can find the official consultation here. 

This event is open to everyone and children are welcome. Please let us know if you are coming via the Facebook event.

Dec
19
Wed
‘Writing Home’ poetry drop-in @ Open House
Dec 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Like to play with words? So do we!

Come hang out with our poet-in-residence and have a go at some writing games, techniques and activities – or just curl up with a cup of tea and a book! We will have plenty of resources, materials, and poetry for you to get stuck into so just drop in – no need to register.

The sessions run weekly on Wednesdays from 5 December between 10am and noon – and will carry on into the new year, too.

Spread the word!