Sue Jackson, Oxford Outreach Manager at St Mungo’s

“The number of people rough sleeping across England has increased by 51% since 2014. Oxford has also seen an increase in people sleeping rough in our community. This can be because of a number of complex reasons, including problems with ill health, a relationship breakdown, loss of a job or a tenancy. We work to support people away from the streets, alongside a range of excellent services in the city that also seek to help people move forward with their lives.

“St Mungo’s vision is that everyone has a safe place to call home and can fulfil their hopes and ambitions. We welcome this Oxford City Council initiative to start a meaningful conversation and forum of collaboration, coordination and cooperation within the sector and with members of the public. There is an enormous amount of goodwill which, when drawn together could represent an exciting way forward to explore different ways of working as a means to tackle and to ultimately end rough sleeping in the city.”