Roof over my head

An innovative new course is giving local people who have lost their home, or who are at risk of becoming homeless, the skills and confidence to help them to keep a roof over their heads.

Published: Tuesday, 6th November 2018

The course, ‘Roof over my head’ is supported by Cherwell District Council. It started on 31 October with 10 participants, who have all been affected by homelessness, and will run for six weeks.

Cllr John Donaldson, lead member for housing, said: “This course is an investment in the people at the sharp end of the housing shortage at a time when they can feel very low in confidence.

“It’s important we let people know about their housing rights, what help is on offer and prepare them for their future tenancy. We greatly appreciate the enthusiasm that the Sunshine Centre and the tutor have shown in making the course happen. If it’s a success we will look to continue with more courses next year."

The course is designed to give people advice on how to maximise their income, help them to deal with changes to their benefits and access training and employment in the future. It is funded through the European Social Fund  and hosted by the Sunshine Centre,

Guest speakers will provide information on how to manage a household budget and Sarah Edwards, a university lecturer who is delivering the course will be offering personal development coaching sessions.

If you or someone you know is experiencing housing issues please contact our Housing Options Team on 01295 753751 or email

If you are concerned about a homeless person you can report them via streetlink.