Day Centre and Service: 01865 251798 | Finance and Administration: 01865 728545


The Porch is delighted to announce
the publication of our new book:

not any old porch

A story of support and encouragement for Oxford’s homeless and
vulnerably housed men and women – from 1985 to 2020”

not any old porch is a comprehensive history of The Porch covering our origins and our time ever since –  brought into sharp relief by personal stories from the huge range of people who have shaped us along the way. Illustrated in full colour and with new artwork, the 152-page book encapsulates our history and the whole community who have worked with us. It brings The Porch up to the current day, how we are adapting in these challenging times and describing our exciting plans for the future.

“This is a very special book about a very special project. It reflects in its history of The Porch; in the stories from representatives of all those different groups of people who have been involved with it and in particular perhaps in the way in which it has most recently adapted to the demands of the Covid pandemic, the determination of its founders and leaders, the cooperative and volunteer ethos which drives it, and its firm and hugely valued place in its East Oxford community. Reading the book one instinctively wants to distil the essence of The Porch and find ways of replicating it elsewhere…

At this point in its history – especially as post Covid it goes on to plan the move into new and purpose-fashioned premises – all who know of it will wish its continued success over the next thirty-five years.”

Foreword by Tim Stevenson, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Oxford


The book is on sale at £8.00 plus £2.50 postage and packing. To order a copy of the book please email


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