Press Release – March 2017

Tackling youth unemployment in East Belfast

Oasis Caring In Action is appealing for unemployed young people to take part in a 12-week Prince’s Trust course to learn new skills and improve their confidence and motivation.

The Prince’s Trust Team programme will be based at Castlereagh Street, and will help to tackle youth unemployment in East Belfast. The course will give unemployed 16 to 24 year olds the skills and confidence they need to find a job.

Young people will get involved in team building activities, a week-long residential trip, a community project and two weeks of work experience during the course. They will also get advice on how to write CVs as well as gaining nationally recognised qualifications.

Craig Wilson, Oasis Caring In Action said: “Too many young people in East Belfast feel they don’t have the skills and talents they need to succeed.  This programme allows them to show what they can achieve in their local area when they work together. Team really does help them to turn their lives around, helping them into work, education or training.”

We are currently recruiting for the first Team in East Belfast, places are limited, for more information on the course, please call Craig or Wade on 02890 872277 or email

Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Prince’s Trust helps over 6,000 disadvantaged young people in Northern Ireland each year, giving them the confidence and skills to turn their lives around.

For further information about The Prince’s Trust, visit or call 0800 842 842.

Exciting New Partnership with the Prince’s Trust

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with the Prince’s Trust.  We have been appointed as the delivery partner for the Team Programme in East Belfast.

The programme is aimed at 16-24 year olds who are currently not in employment, education or training.  The 12 week programme is FREE and offers the chance to meet new people, gain a nationally recognised qualification and have fun.  Over the 12 weeks you will take part in a residential, complete a community project, take part in a challenge and gain work experience.

For more information contact Craig or Lauren on 02890 872277, message us on Facebook, email us at prince’ or text us on 07904 374926.

Volunteers Required

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Oasis Caring in Action is looking for Volunteers to help with our Oasis ‘Good Morning’ Telephone Service, based in the Oasis Centre, Belfast.

Oasis ‘Good Morning’ is a telephone befriending service designed to support older and vulnerable people who live in South and East Belfast.

Operating Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 12:00 noon, it offers a free, confidential, daily telephone service to help older and vulnerable people stay connected to their community, as well as checking on their wellbeing and offering signposting for advice.

We are looking for people who have great communication skills and a friendly personality, and we will provide all necessary training.  Can you give a couple of hours a week?

By volunteering for Oasis, you’ll be part of a great team, learn new skills, meet new people and make new friends!

For further information, please contact Ruth Wallace by email:  OR  by telephone: 028 90872277 (ext. 205).

Oasis Caring in Action is a charity which works to ‘Transform Lives, Transform Communities’, through the provision of childcare, befriending services, and community courses; with Centres in Belfast, Antrim and Coleraine.

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2016 saw the 20th Anniversary of Oasis Caring in Action, and as part of the celebrations we held a major Fundraising Gala in Belfast City Hall on Saturday 15th October 2016. We were honoured to have been chosen as one of the High Sheriff’s Nominated Charities, and were delighted that he was in attendance on the evening.  The event was held in The Great Hall.

Guest Speakers at the event were Alderman Jim Rodgers OBE, The High Sheriff; Gavin Robinson MP; and Mark Simpson of the BBC.  Guests enjoyed a drinks reception on arrival, followed by canapes, mini desserts, bar, dancing to the 5 piece band The Cola Cubes, and a very special performance from Duke Special.

This was an exciting opportunity to help us celebrate 20 years of Oasis Caring in Action in style, and to support Oasis in all its community initiatives and help us to continue the great work that happens here on a daily basis.  All proceeds from the event went directly back into supporting our organisation.



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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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

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)

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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JELLY BABIES 6 weeks - 12 months (approx)

Our Baby Room operates downstairs in the main Oasis building, catering for our very youngest children.

The staff approach is warm and loving, making sure all children are cuddled and cared for as much as possible during the day.

Most of all, the children are made to feel they are in a ‘home away from home’. This can be an anxious time for every parent who has to leave their child for the first time in daycare, therefore our staff are sensitive to this and work with every situation individually and be there to help as much as is needed.

Obviously babies’ needs are very important so staff will require as much information as possible about your child and their routine. For example, what time do they normally go to sleep? How do they go to sleep? Do they require a comforter? When do they require feeding etc? We try to be as consistent to this routine as we can, but obviously in a Nursery setting some things may vary.

Your child will receive a daily diary which staff will complete during the day and staff will have a handover with parents when they arrive to collect their child, to let you know how their child’s day has been.

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