Oasis Launches New Community Facility for Causeway, Coleraine

April 10, 2014

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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