4 ways to help Oxford's homeless people in cold weather
As we experience even more into snowy weather, many people feel even more concerned about those sleeping rough. Here are four top tips from Emmaus Oxford - things you can do to help...
1. Strike up a conversation
Not all homeless people require money. Many of our Emmaus companions (formerly homeless people we support) remember their experiences when living on the streets as being incredibly lonely, with people walking past and avoiding eye-contact, especially in cold weather. Starting a simple conversation is always the best way to find out how you might be able to help.
2. Warm clothing
If you have any spare warm clothing or sleeping bags, consider offering it to those sleeping rough. In the bitter cold, hats, gloves and thick, waterproof clothing can make a big difference.
3. Hot drinks and food
It's not an exaggeration to say that sometimes a hot drink can make a huge difference to someone's day. Keeping warm is extremely important in freezing temperatures so the gift of a large cup of tea or coffee is something many will welcome.
4. Support your local homelessness charity
Often specialist support is the best way to help someone sleeping rough. By donating to your local homelessness charity, you can ensure that they are able to reach out to as many people as possible. You can donate money online in an instant to Emmaus Oxford, or alternatively donate unwanted furniture to be sold in the Emmaus charity shop. If you need any furniture or household items, why not drop in and pick up a bargain whilst raising vital funds?