On your doorstep – University of Oxford Student Homelessness Campaign

If you are a student at the University of Oxford and you are concerned about homelessness, there is a group for you:

 

From On Your Doorstep

 

Over the past several years and beyond, this country has been sleepwalking into a nightmare on homelessness: right now, one in every 200 people in the UK are homeless, according to Shelter. Oxford has not been immune from this, and the situation here has worsened into what now amounts to a rough sleeping crisis on the streets of Oxford. This crisis has now awakened as one of the great political issues facing this city, and On Your Doorstep has been prominent among this debate in both public and private realms.

On Your Doorstep was founded as an engine for us as Oxford students to do what we may to help heal the most visible wounds in our city – to help those whom we see at night, should we care to look, setting out to sleep right on our very doorsteps.

Now that we’re an established campaign, we no longer need to be shy about speaking up for the homeless. We challenge our university, we make demands of our councillors, and we play a part in national campaigns. We are nothing short of radical when it comes to helping those who have nothing left to lose but their lives.

It is an exciting time we are living through – one of uncertainty and danger, but of opportunity and hope too. Those of us who enjoy the privilege of education and the creative capacity of youth now have the opportunity to discard the outworn dogmas of the past and to set out a new vision. But to do this, we must look beyond the well-worn routes of personal ambition, and look instead to see what each and every one of us can do to contribute to the greater struggles of our time. “Give me a place to stand,” said Archimedes, “and I will move the world.”

So let us take a stand. In the face of national crisis, we must demand more from our university, from our council, from our government. We must demand more, and not accept inaction or indifference in the face of this crisis on the streets of Oxford. We must demand more – and yes, we’re going to have to fight for it.

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