OASIS ANTRIM FOOD STORE

Our food store is another way of giving support to those in need in our local community. We receive donations of food from individuals, local churches and businesses which are used to create emergency food hampers. These hampers are distributed by ourselves as well as through other charities work with families in the Antrim area.


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NRC ESSENTIAL SKILLS

Every Friday within the centre here at oasis we have tutors from the Northern Regional college come and run adult Literacy and numeracy classes. It’s a fun and relaxed way to catch on some of the things you missed, or have simply forgotten, from your time in school as well as achieve recognised national qualifications.


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OASIS ANTRIM: YOUTH WAYS

Oasis Antrim: Youth Ways

Oasis Antrim: Youth Ways is a Community Based Programme which works to support young people who, for a variety of reasons, have disengaged from the mainstream education system. It provides an innovative approach to education and a wraparound support service for each young person and their families. A multidisciplinary team work towards enabling young people to re-engage with education, become independent and in some cases reintegrate back into their community. It will deal with some of the complex issues faced by young people in our community.


This personalised approach taken with each young person is reflected in the development of a personal action plan. This personal learning plan will consider their motivation, level of self-esteem and the many other factors that impact on their lives. We believe that given the right opportunities at the right time all young people can achieve their potential.


The young people on this programme  will have an opportunity to continue learning in a less formal environment, with a structured timetable which will include English, Maths, ICT, Personal Development, Employability, Citizenship, Vocational Education/Work Experience , Business Enterprise and  Adventure Learning.

Our Ethos
We want to take young people who have disengaged from learning and refine learning for them in a way that develops confidence, self-worth and helps them to aspire to better things through learning. Our work is founded on an absolute respect for the dignity of the young person whatever their circumstances and a belief that personal development can change and improve lives permanently. Our programme will focus on personal and social skills developing  emotional literacy and resilience,  providing young people with the skills and strategies to re-engage in learning or move on to further education or employment.


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IT’S TIME FOR THE GIRLS

It’s time for the girls…

Our course for women – ‘It’s Time for The Girls ‘ – was started back in October 2013, and continues to grow. The group meets every Thursday for coffee and scones and discusses topics such as, Sleeping Well, Making our Money go Further, and Good Mood Food. We’ve enjoyed a really useful information session from Amie, our local Pharmacist, on the services her Chemist store provides. A highlight of our programme was a visit to the Titanic Centre in Belfast. It really is Time for The Girls, and we’re making the most of it!

 


 

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AFTER SCHOOLS 4-11 YEARS

AFTER SCHOOLS 4-11 years

After Schools takes place each weekday for children aged between 4 and 11 (P1-P7), between 1.30pm and 6pm term time, and 8am-6pm in the school holidays.

It is located in a Mobile Classroom at Avoneil Primary School, and it’s where the children have the freedom to choose the activities they wish to play with. The staff plan a different theme each month and incorporate the various play activities.

 

 


Activities and equipment include:


• Sensory play including play dough, sand, water, gloop.


• Home Corner for imaginative play.


• A variety of arts and crafts materials are provided each day to encourage imagination and creativity. Junk art, painting, clay, beads and seasonal crafts are offered regularly.


• Outdoor play area and equipment for the children to enjoy as much as possible.


• Puzzles, colouring, games, books and writing materials on offer daily.


• Large selection of games including, pool table, air hockey, foosball, board games.


• Access to Avoniel Primary schools large outdoor playing fields.


• A quiet area is provided for those children who need to complete homework while at the club.


• Oasis offers a free collection service from 5 local schools to assist parents with their childcare as much as possible. We collect from Elmgrove, Avoniel, Euston St, Nettlefield and Loughview Primary schools
 


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JELLY BEANS 3-4YRS

JELLY BEANS 3-4YRS

Upstairs in St Clement’s Church Hall, are our pre-schoolers known as the ‘Jelly Beans’.  Children by this stage are becoming increasingly independent and have developed their own personalities.  We aim to foster and nurture this, and provide positive experiences of the world around them.


Pre-planned activities are carried out and displayed daily in the room. Sand, water, play dough, books, music, construction toys, small world toys and art/craft activities are all provided on a daily basis, promoting all areas of the children’s development. Independence and a sense of self esteem and achievement are all concepts that are promoted.


The Jellytots and Jellybeans both follow a monthly theme involving all 6 areas of the curriculum:

 

  • Creative development  (art/craft/music/dance).
  • Language and Literacy  (songs/stories/rhymes).
  • Early Maths  (water play/learning colours/sorting, matching).
  • Personal Social and Emotional development  (Home corner/circle time/stories).
  • Physical development  (Action rhymes/outdoor play/trips to the park/soft mats and shapes).
  • The World Around Us  (Home corner/small world play/outside trips/stories).

 


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JELLY TOTS 2-3 YEARS

JELLY TOTS 2-3 years

Depending on age and stage of development, children will move to the Jelly tots around their second birthday. The Jellytots are located in St Clement’s Church Hall, just a few doors down from Oasis, and can cater for up to 16 children each day.

Children thrive on routine, so to ensure this, staff follow a Daily Planner which is on display in the room. A different theme is introduced each month, incorporating the various areas of play. The room is divided into separate areas, including, home corner, construction, table top play, outside play, sand, water and book corner, to introduce the children to a wide mix of play activities.


The Jellytots and Jellybeans both follow a monthly theme involving all 6 areas of the curriculum:

  • Creative development  (art/craft/music/dance).
  • Language and Literacy  (songs/stories/rhymes).
  • Early Maths  (water play/learning colours/sorting, matching).
  • Personal Social and Emotional development  (Home corner/circle time/stories).
  • Physical development  (Action rhymes/outdoor play/trips to the park/soft mats and shapes).
  • The World Around Us  (Home corner/small world play/outside trips/stories).
     


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JELLY WOBBLERS 12 MTHS-2 YRS (APPROX)

JELLY WOBBLERS 12 mths-2 yrs (approx)

Depending on development, when children are around 12-15 months, they will move upstairs to our JellyWobblers room where a number of stimulating activities are provided to cater for children’s different stages of development at this young age.


Our Wobbler Room is bright, airy and colourful with lots of the children’s work on display to create a stimulating environment throughout the day. We have activities such as puzzles, musical instruments, shape sorters, slides, a home corner, dressing up, construction and small world toys e.g. garage/farm/dolls house.

Lots of different creative play takes place on a regular basis such as painting, gluing/sticking, playdough, water, sand, chalking and lots more.


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