Idea / Homeless Cards

Oxford is sometimes a city of huge contrasts, and one example of this exists in the form of the many homeless or very poor people in Oxford, asking for money or selling Big Issues in the city centre right next to colleges with multi-million pound endowments, and libraries containing hundreds of priceless manuscripts. It’s a juxtaposition that I seem to simultaneously find hard to come to terms with and easy to ignore, and I’m sure I’m not the only person to feel that way. I want to help, but I’m not sure I can in any significant way. Not only that, but I often feel unsure about giving cash to homeless people on the streets (again, I don’t think I’m alone in that, although it could be a totally mistaken assumption), and there are sometimes signs in Oxford discussing exactly that issue. Continue reading