How we work with Crisis Skylight

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We are not just an arts centre. We share our building with the charity, Crisis, and together we aim to help end homelessness in Oxford. Crisis Skylight is an education, training and employment centre for single homeless people. This includes practical and creative workshops together with formal learning opportunities that lead to qualifications and finding work, a dedicated employment service to help people prepare to find and keep jobs and a social enterprise café providing on the job and accredited training and experience. We help homeless people move on in three ways:

Simply by sharing space, we add value to each other’s work. 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.

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Want to know more about Hidden Spire? Then take a look a the Hidden Spire blog which takes a look at the processes and events leading up to the show in December 2013. Hidden Spire Blog>
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