How we work with Crisis Skylight

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The Old Fire Station isn’t just an arts centre. We share our building with the charity Crisis, and together we aim to help end homelessness in Oxford.

We help homeless people become more resilient and stable by:

Image: A Crisis member stands in front of a projector screen, on which the quote is written: 'The overlap between Crisis and the Arts has helped me feel safe enough to play a public role.'

A shared space

Members of the public come to the Old Fire Station to drink coffee, buy art, attend dance classes or watch a show. Homeless people come to learn, gain skills and get support. Artists and students come to rehearse, create and showcase. Local residents and businesses too have access to spaces they can use for their own events.

They all come through the same door and find themselves sharing space and overlapping interests. Our work strengthens communities by bringing them together. In particular, homeless people, many of whom are very vulnerable, can become part of a public organisation walking through inspirational spaces every day where they are treated with respect.

‘Art is an inclusive creative process…we want to enable vulnerable people to be part of ‘ordinary’ life, rather than confined to marginal ‘specialist’ areas’ – Jeremy Spafford, Director.

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Find out more about this exciting project by visiting the Hidden Spire Blog>
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 Join the team
We are a thriving arts centre offering a programme of theatre, comedy, dance and more. We need stewards to help us deliver great shows, workshops and gallery events. Usher, help on the bar or on box office – sometimes one, sometimes all three.

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