With latest figures showing homelessness – and homeless deaths – on the rise, homelessness charity Oasis Community Housing has bid to be part of this year’s Big Give Challenge meaning all donations to their homeless Christmas Appeal will be doubled between 29 November and 6 December.

The charity’s Big Give bid has been made possible thanks to match-funding from businesses based in North East England: TolentMeldrum GroupKarbon Homes, Richard Reed Solicitors, Handlesbanken and Gentoo Group.

“This year’s homelessness figures are a stark and sad reminder of the high numbers of people our frontline teams are seeing day in, day out.

“Tough economic times are squeezing all of us right now, but the reality for people sleeping on the streets is that our teams are worried about them dying overnight in their sleeping bags,” says David Smith, CEO of the Gateshead-based charity.

Making a real difference: one donation, twice the impact

Tolent, one of the North East’s biggest construction companies, has led the way in supporting Oasis Community Housing’s homeless Christmas Appeal, ‘Giving a Home’. Having started out in Gateshead in 1983, the contractor now has offices across the North East and Yorkshire.

Chris Price, managing director of Tolent Living, said: “We’re delighted to be long-standing supporters of Oasis Community Housing’s Giving a Home Christmas Appeal. We design and build houses across the North East and know first-hand the difference a good, quality home can make to those who need it most.

“It’s so important to support causes like this across the areas we work, and we know this campaign will make a real difference to those who rely on the services that charities like Oasis Community Housing offer.”

Increased need

This past year, the charity has supported over 1,300 individuals and families, an increase on 2020/21.

And, for 370 people, it has managed to prevent or alleviate homelessness through its drop-in and outreach services.

With 3 in 4 people facing homelessness suffering a health condition, Oasis Community Housing also offers a twice-weekly nurse clinic at its Gateshead drop-in and has a GP there every Wednesday. The charity continues to support women escaping domestic abuse – one of the main causes of homelessness for women – upskill those furthest from the job market, and nurture young mothers and babies who have no stable family network to support them.

CEO David Smith adds: “We’re running life-changing and life-saving services – from our doctor and nurse clinics at our drop-in to our Empower domestic abuse support. Staff at our emergency housing and supported accommodation provide not just practical support but a non-judgemental ear and friendly face whether it is at 3pm or 3am.

“It takes more than just a roof overhead to give people a home. Yet, its thanks to the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to help everyone who we do.

“Anything people can afford to give this Christmas, especially during Big Give Week where their £5 instantly becomes £10, will enable us to continue being a life-line for the thousands of adults, young people and children we support every year.”

Help in Giving a Home this Winter

Oasis Community Housing’s homeless Christmas Appeal runs until 31 December 2021, with donations doubled from midday on Tuesday 29 November to midday on Tuesday 6 December. Donate today >>>