Our poorest households throughout Oxfordshire face this Christmas as yet another challenge amongst the many that poverty brings. Councillor David Williams, leader of the Green Group on Oxfordshire County Council, makes some practical suggestions about what those of us above the poverty line can do to help our less fortunate neighbours:
"Poverty at Christmas is not just an experience of the unemployed. Many people are on low wages, have high rents or mortgages and are not getting adequate pay increases. What can we do to help?
"Have a clear out: take unwanted goods to your local charity shops which will pass them on at low prices;
"Donate specifically to your local organisations assisting the homeless, asylum seekers and refugees;
"Take the opportunity of a bit more time at Christmas to invite less fortunate friends round for a meal;
"Sign every appropriate petition which challenges County cuts to Children's Centres, homelessness groups and the wider area of social care because every little bit of support for those in poverty really does matter;
"Re-consider the space within your home: can you rent out a room at a fair rent to someone who needs it?
"Consider a New Year's resolution about giving time to a campaign or cause helping those in need."
FURTHER INFORMATION: Councillor David Williams, Leader of the Green Group on Oxfordshire County Council on 01865 765852 or 07900 888051.