On the 10th of October 2011,we will be hosting the Oxford Social Inclusion Cup(OSIC) an annual football tournament which aims to raise awareness of the issues of marginalised members of our community and especially the people who find themselves HOMELESS.
Crisis recently released a report, a further effort, to understand this much used and misconstrued expression to describe someone who for one reason or another finds themselves without a stable, permanent HOME of their own.
I found myself looking into a cloudless sky last night, in awe of the brightness and beauty of the stars.
It made me reflect on the OSIC event and how we now know that on that day we can celebrate the rising stars on the field, the shooting stars off the field who have helped in various ways along the journey.
Also the many stars that have faded and died along the way, too many to mention individually and not always noticed.
Q. How many people are considered HOMELESS in the UK?
A. How many stars in the night sky?
Some are really obvious and bright and noticeable, others hidden on friends sofas and in squats, in police and prison cells for somewhere safe and warm to stay. In strangers homes for motives not so pure….
Some are now well used to keeping out of the public eye, and like it that way, sleeping in places not really fit for purpose, but away from prying eyes.
No one star is better than the other, no situation a homeless person finds themselves in worse than the next.
It’s all WRONG and not justifiable.
On the 10/10/11 we are aiming under the theme of #morethanwords to use our tournament to kick out the words people use for OUR stars and hope you join us in person or in spirit.
The hidden stars need to come out, we need to celebrate the shooting stars on there way up, and encourage others to aim for the stars.