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Oxfordshire County council to set up College for the Homeless

Oxfordshire County Council has won government funding worth £80,000, to help set up a network of centres for the homeless in Oxford.

The proposal aims to bring together the city’s homeless shelters that already have access to the internet, in an attempt to offer people a great opportunity to learn online in a new and more co-operative arena.

“We want to offer learning activities that help homeless people to move on to other learning opportunities including recognised qualifications” said John Ord, head of Oxfordshire County Council’s learning support unit.

Basic Skills Support

The pilot scheme will also contribute to teaching homeless people the basic skills that are needed to obtain a variety of qualifications of interest to them. This will also help to ensure that the programme is relevant to their needs in order to support them in their journey towards their goal of independent living.

The project will build on several initiatives that are already up and running in Oxford. This includes the Learning Zone at Lucy Faithful House; a basic skills programme, which takes place at Luther Street Medical Centre; and the creative writing scheme at the Gatehouse Café.

Kavita Trivedi

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