Calendar

Oct
2
Wed
‘Writing Home’ poetry drop-in @ Open House
Oct 2 @ 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!

Oct
3
Thu
A Home of Her Own, women’s experiences of housing and homelssness
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

When the Women’s Budget Group published their A Home of Her Own, Housing & Women report in July 2019, their findings were stark. The report found housing to be unaffordable to the majority of women in every UK county.

Across England as a whole average rents take 43% of women’s median earnings aompared to 28% of men’s. Women now need over 12 times their annual salaries to be able to buy a home in England, while men need just over eight times of theirs. Women make up 60% of housing benefit claimants and so are being disproportionately affected by public spending cuts. And to cap off an lready bleak picture, the majority of statutory homeless people are women.

There is a clear need to discuss housing and homelessness as a womens issue, and to better understand the gendered nature of the problem in order to develop effective ways to support women experiencing inadequate housing or homelessness.

Join us on the 3rd October from 7pm to 8.30pm where we’ll be hearing from Dr Sara Reis, author of the A Home of Her Own report and policy officer for the Women’s Budget Group.

Sara will be joined for a panel discussion by Shaista Aziz, Councillor for Rose Hill & Iffley, Co-Vice Chair of the Fabian Women’s Network, and Co-Founder of the Labour Homelessness Campaign, and by Francesca Rogers, a local campaigner and Community Navigator for Aspire.

We will also hear from local campaigers working to improve the situation for women experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping in Oxford.

As with all events at Open House thie event is free, however we do collect donations at the end of each event to cover speaker expenses and other running costs for Open House.

If you would like your bus fare to and from Open House refunding then please just ask one of our volunteers.

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Oct
4
Fri
Arts & Craftivism @ Open House
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

Oct
5
Sat
Coffee Morning @ Open House
Oct 5 @ 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.

Oct
6
Sun
STREETPARTY! Print your own tote bag with Lisa Made It
Oct 6 all-day

If you’re visiting the Little Clarendon Street ‘Octoberfest’ drop into Open house for a print your own tote-bag with local illustrator and designer Lisa Made It.

Oct
9
Wed
‘Writing Home’ poetry drop-in @ Open House
Oct 9 @ 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!

WE LOVE SOCIAL HOUSING! (But just how do we make more of it happen…?)
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Two thousand and nineteen marks the one hundred year anniversary of the Addison Act, the legislation which would deliver ‘Homes fit for heroes’ and kick start decades of the mass-provision of state-owned social housing. These homes were designed by top architects and built with their occupants welfare in mind. They were homes for life, housing people from a mix of social classes and backgrounds in secure and truly affordable rental tenancies.

With more then one million households across the UK currently waiting for council housing, it is unsurprising that high-profile campaigners such as George Clarke are joining the likes of Shelter in calling loudly and publicly for a return to the annual delivery of thousands of new homes available for people on low-incomes to rent.

The question we ask, is just how do we do it? How do we go from building a tiny fraction of the estimated number of social homes we need to the mass-delivery of hundreds of thousands of new homes, almost immediately?

Our social, political, and economic conditions have changed drastically since we last built social homes at the desired scale so how do we go about delivering well designed, low-carbon social housing at scale in 2019?

To discuss this, we’ll be joined by Joe Beswick, Head of Land and Housing at the New Economics Foundation and Lou Downe, Director of Design and Transformation for Land and Planning for the UK government.

Tickets are free but booking is required.

Oct
10
Thu
World Homeless Day @ Open House
Oct 10 all-day

Come along and find out about the Oxford Homeless Movement, how people across the city are coming together to make sure that no person should have to sleep rough on our streets. You can also find out about how you can get involved.

 

Oct
11
Fri
Arts & Craftivism @ Open House
Oct 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

Oct
12
Sat
Coffee Morning @ Open House
Oct 12 @ 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.