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 princestrust@oasis-ni.org.

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 http://www.princes-trust.org.uk 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 Wade on 02890 872277, message us on Facebook, email us at prince’strust@oasis-ni.org 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: ruth.wallace@oasis-ni.org  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.

[Oasis Caring in Action is registered as a charity with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland : registration number NIC100881.]

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OASIS GALA CELEBRATION 2016

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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.

 

OASIS CAUSEWAY, COLERAINE, goes from strength to strength

OASIS CAUSEWAY, COLERAINE, goes from strength to strength

At Oasis Causeway we help a wide variety of people in the local area.  Based in Abbey Street, Coleraine, our friendly, helpful and confidential staff can assist with a range of issues; providing services for people who have experienced some kind of trauma, and need help to work through their situation.  If you have been made redundant; have a chronic illness; want help with mental health and wellbeing; have issues with addictions; had or are going through a relationship breakdown; have any other family and parenting concerns; feel lonely or isolated; fell angry; are homeless or facing homelessness; have other housing issues; financial issues; or even want advice on healthy living.

This is facilitated through one to one support via befriending, mentoring and counselling services.  We also offer courses on Rebuilding Life After Circumstantial Change due to trauma or crisis, Health, Building Confidence and Self-Esteem, and Life Skills Development (including Making Better Choices).  We have no upper age limit, and all are welcome.

In addition, we operate a Drop-in Service on two mornings per week: Tuesdays and Fridays, from 11.00am to 1.00pm.  On every second Tuesday in the month, a Community Pharmacist comes in to hold group sessions offering advice on a range of issues, including: Insomnia, Anxiety, Stress, and Medicine Management.  (There is the opportunity for a private consultation with the Community Pharmacist during the session.)  Plus, we have recently launched ‘Thursday Connect’, held evey Thursday evening from 7.30pm to 8.30pm where you can drop in for tea and a chat.

From November to March we will be holding a selection of one-off information sessions on Health, Diet, Mood Management, and Prejudice.  We will even be hosting a number of Laughter Workshops; for as you know ‘laughter is the best medicine’!

Our Emergency Food Storehouse provides emergency non-perishable food for those in need.

Oasis Causeway works with other agencies in the Causeway Coast area, to connect service users to existing local or specialist services.  Some services users have problems with confidence, relationships, housing, unemployment, health, dealing with alcohol/drug misuse, parenting, and so forth; and now have an even greater range of facilities available to them.  Service Delivery for Oasis Causeway will be funded for the first year by the Department for Social Development; and we are staffed by 99% volunteers.

Oasis Causeway works to significantly enhance services in the Causeway community; and continues with the ethos of Oasis Caring in Action to ‘transform lives and transform communities’.

For further information, please contact us at:

Oasis Causeway, 35 Abbey Street, Coleraine BT52 1EX

Tel: 028 7034 3245

Email: coleraineinfo@oasis–ni.org

[We are a registered charity, funded by the DSD and voluntary contributions.]


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Oasis Launches New Community Facility for Causeway, Coleraine

Oasis Caring in Action is delighted to announce the Offical Launch of Oasis Causeway, Coleraine, on Thursday 10th April 2014 at 5.30pm.  Officiating at the event is Councillor David Harding, Major of the Borough of Coleraine, and Cliff Kennedy, Executive Director of Oasis Caring in Action.

Oasis Causeway is the new name for what was Patchwork Ireland, based in New Row, Coleraine.  Oasis Causeway will continue to expand upon Patchwork’s facilities in providing services for people who have experienced some kind of trauma, and need support to work through their situation.  This is facilitated through one to one befriending and mentoring, counselling, courses on rebuilding life after circumstantial change due to trauma or crisis, life skills development, etc.  Oasis Causeway also operates a drop-in service on two mornings per week (Tuesdays and Fridays), and the provision of emergency non-perishable food.

The service works with other agencies in the Causeway Coast area, to connect service users to existing local or specialist servies.  Some service users have problems with confidence, relationships, housing , unemployment, health, dealing with alcohol/drug misuse, parenting, and so forth; and will now have an even greater range of facilities available to them.

Service Delivery for Oasis Causeway is currently being funded by the Department for Social Development; and furthermore, both the DSD’s Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership, and Councillor Stephanie Quigley of Coleraine Borough Council, have nominated Oasis Causeway for the The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (the MBE for volunteer groups).

Cliff Kennedy, Executive Director of Oasis Caring in Action, said ” I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the previous work of staff and volunteers at Patchwork, and celebrate the coming together of two excellent community projects that will significantly enhance the services in the Causeway community.  Together we can continue with the ethos of Oasis to ‘tranform lives and transform communities’.”

David Gibson, Chairperson of Oasis Causeway Steering Group, said “The work of Patchwork have expanded significantly, and in order to maintain good governance and accountability, we are pleased that Patchwork has joined up with Oasis Caring in Action (Belfast) who have the systems in place to adequately support the Causeway Group.”


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Introducing Oasis Early Years Centre, West Belfast

Introducing Oasis Early Years Centre, West Belfast

In 2013, Oasis was introduced to an exciting opportunity to expand in West Belfast, by taking over the management of Sparkles Daycare on the Stewartstown Road.

This Daycare is currently registered for forty eight children aged 0-4, with a staff group of twelve.  Opening in March 2014, we will be developing our relationship with the staff team in place, and including the staff and families of Sparkles into the heart of Oasis.


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