A city-wide outpouring of kindness as volunteers help cook up to 500 meals a week for people who are homeless in Oxford
Shared meals, 1:1 mentoring over coffee, house visits, cooking sessions and celebrations. Because ACT is a community, so much of what we do is designed around spending time together as we support people to rebuild their lives after homelessness or prison.
But with lockdown, that had to change overnight.
Thanks to our brilliant volunteers, supporters and funders, ACT has been able to focus on meeting people’s most urgent needs as the crisis unfolds. Collaborating closely with longstanding partners across the city, we have radically reordered our activities to adapt to the fast-changing situation.
We’ve been cooking up to 70 hot meals a day (nearly 500 a week!) for Oxford’s homeless community. An amazing team of community members, staff and volunteers has been hard at work every day preparing meals packed with protein, carbohydrates and vitamins. These are then given out to people who are homeless or vulnerably-housed outside St Aldates Church.
The outpouring of kindness from people across the city who have given their time, money and support has been unforgettable.