Calendar

Mar
9
Sat
Coffee Morning @ Open House
Mar 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Each Saturday we’ll be talking about a theme to do with housing and homelessness. These coffee mornings are informal and friendly and a good way of finding out more about Open House.

Mar
13
Wed
‘Writing Home’ poetry drop-in @ Open House
Mar 13 @ 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!

Community Led Housing Meetup @ Open House
Mar 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Regular meet ups for anyone who is interested in community led housing. Perhaps you’re interested in starting a housing coop? Or in joining a cohousing scheme? Join local groups and experts for a practical session on starting or continuing your community led housing journey.

Mar
15
Fri
Arts & Craftivism @ Open House
Mar 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Weekly arts and craft session. Free and good for all ages.

Drop-in Housing Advice Session @ Open House
Mar 15 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

If you’re worried about your housing or experiencing homelessness and need of support to stay in your home, find a place to stay or get access to support then drop in to talk in confidence to the team from Aspire. Open to all, no need to book, free to access.

HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT! The Activism of Housing & Homelessness @ Open House
Mar 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

In collaboration with the Oxford Human Rights Festival we are hosting a panel of activists working tirelessly to remind us all that housing is a basic human right.

Sawsan Abu Zainedin is a Syrian architect and urban practitioner whose work and activism spans from Syria before the revolution to London and back again, exploring architecture as a tool of resistance in the rebuilding of Syria’s urban settlements.

Carla Ecola is the Founder and Director of The Outside Project, an LGBTQIA+ homelessness shelter in London and campaigns to highlight how disproportionally the LGBTQIA+ community are affected by homelessness.

Shabnam Sabir is a local activist and campaigner on homelessness, well know to people who are rough sleeping in her role as Founder of the Oxford Homeless Project and their fortnightly hot lunches. Shabnam’s was recognised for her activism and outreach by the Queen in this year’s New Year’s Honours List.

Our panelists will talk about what activism means to them and how together we can build a fairer housing system and better help those people that do fall into homelessness.

Mar
16
Sat
Arts & Craftivism // a day of cutting, sticking, painting, making and planting @ Open House
Mar 16 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for a fun-filled and family-friendly day of arts & craftivism. We’ll be cutting, sticking, sewing, making, planting and mischief-making. All are welcome to join us to find out how fun and creative housing activism can be.

Free to attend, please bring any craft materials you might have lying around the house!

Coffee Morning @ Open House
Mar 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Each Saturday we’ll be talking about a theme to do with housing and homelessness. These coffee mornings are informal and friendly and a good way of finding out more about Open House.

Mar
20
Wed
‘Writing Home’ poetry drop-in @ Open House
Mar 20 @ 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!

Open Meeting: What can we do about Oxford’s empty shops? @ Open House
Mar 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Empty shops are everywhere in Oxford. Peppered through the centre of our city; from Cornmarket Street to Little Clarendon Street and inside both The Covered market and even the Westgate.

These voids in our city lie empty whilst people sleep rough, projects lack space and local businesses are strangled by extortionate rents.

We, a group of concerned citizens are calling an open meeting at Open House, a community project currently using an empty shop on Little Clarendon Street on Wednesday 20th March. We’ll agree an agenda together on the day and welcome all people and all ideas.

Initial ideas for discussion are;

– What exciting, local and independent businesses, projects and spaces do we as a community want to see in the centre of our city?

– What, as a community can we do to better support local and independent businesses from, loosing their premises in the first place?

– How could community projects that support people who are experiencing street homelessness use empty shops in the centre of Oxford?

– How could artists, creatives and makers who are currently squeezed out of Oxford due to high rents use empty shops?

– How might we go about reclaiming Cornmarket as a vital piece of public space and a vibrant local centre for independent businesses and other organisations

– What are the practicalities of making this happen; what do we need to do? What do we need to know? Who do we need to talk to and work with?

So if you feel as strongly about this as we do or just feel interested then come and join us to talk more and make a plan. Anyone and everyone is welcome, including kids and especially if you bring cake.