Calendar

Mar
6
Wed
‘Writing Home’ poetry drop-in @ Open House
Mar 6 @ 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!

Mar
7
Thu
Housing Matters #5 // The Future of Rent
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

As housing ownership spirals out of reach of all but the wealthiest few, more people are renting for longer. In Oxford, the average person is now spending 55% of their income on rent, that’s too expensive.

Renters include families, older people, and people with physical and mental health problems – groups that are ill-equipped to deal with the expense and precarity of the private rental market. Tellingly, a break down in a private rental agreement is now the single biggest cause of homelessness, responsible for over half of the cases in Oxford where a person has become homeless.

Rent is everyone’s problem. As the symptoms become more obvious and universally damaging there are new ideas emerging and old ideas being revived. From rent strikes to tenants unions to housing coops to mutually co-housing schemes, the time has come to start thinking about the future of rent and how we make it more affordable and more secure for everyone.

 

Our speakers are;

Samir Jeraj, author of The Rent Trap and Board Member of Generation Rent

Shaista Aziz, local Labour Councillor for Rose Hill & Iffley

Al Bell, Director of Citizens Advice Oxford

Tickets are free but you must register to attend.

Mar
8
Fri
Arts & Craftivism @ Open House
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

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.

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.