The number of homeless people in the UK is rapidly rising, with research indicating an increase of 134% since 2010. This is an extremely alarming statistic, which is why homeless charity Oxford Homeless Pathways, is taking steps to try and raise awareness for those in need. The charity hopes that October will become a designated month for similar fundraisers in upcoming years.
Oxford Homeless Pathways launched their TOAST campaign at Bonn Square, to start a discussion about the crisis in the city. The campaign hopes to highlight that the homeless often don’t have access to breakfast, which many argue is the most important meal to successfully start your day.
Passers by were encouraged to help themselves coffee and toast from the local stall, to then initiate a conversation about what we can all do to help. They were then urged to take a photo with their #PhoToast photo frames, to be shared on social media.
According to Homeless Link, the latest figures collected in the autumn of 2016 show that 4,134 people are estimated to be sleeping rough on any one night. We hope that Oxford Homeless Pathways can continue to transform lives, and that similar charities follow suit to fundraise during October.
To find out how to support Oxford Homeless Pathways, visit: http://www.oxhop.org.uk/howyoucanhelp/