Project information

OASIS - Heart for Wellbeing Project

Heart for Wellbeing is for all ages in a disadvantaged community. Our project aims to give new opportunities improving life for many. We will help people learn new skills, support social needs, improve learning opportunities, reduce isolation, find purpose, belonging, health and wellbeing.

March 2019 - April 2020

Charity information: Oasis Community Church & Centre (Worksop)

Oasis Community Church & Centre (Worksop)
  • Need

    Need

    The project is looking to help people in need, reducing isolation, providing new opportunities and new ideas for their lives and futures. The community is disadvantaged and there are many needs in lives, families, lack of hope and positive action. We would like to help people suffering crisis, lifestyle changes, suffering illness, mental illness, addiction, homelessness, singleness, old age, bereavement, financial problems and unemployment.

    Solution

    We believe that by helping and supporting people in this project we can give new opportunities and life choices (for young people excluded from school or unemployed, older people needing new direction and interests, people suffering mental illness, health or disability, people adjusting to different lifestyle). Working with people at the point of need and helping signpost them into other projects at the centre and outside we can help people in crisis, despair and disadvantage.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide a safe place and caring people to talk to for those needing help and support.


    Activities

    » We have a drop in community cafe project which will be a place for people to come to to find help and support.
    » We will have trained and safe people to talk to who can become a befriender and mentor to the individual in need.
    » Providing groups, projects, activities, free education for excluded, unemployed ,elderly, those suffering illness, isolation, loneliness etc.
    » Improving our park and gardens to give a peaceful oasis where people can find peace, relaxation. A green and pleasant place to visit.

    What success will look like

    Success will be seeing people come to the OASIS centre daily, meeting new people, reducing isolation, learning new skills and accessing mentoring help provided.


    Aim 2

    Help people explore new opportunities giving new contacts, friends, skills and interests.


    Activities

    » Educational classes/groups who can access free courses (IT, basic skills in english, maths, care, gardening, catering, childcare, arts & crafts etc.
    » New groups for hobbies/skills (horticulture, arts and crafts, music, film, website design, catering, sports etc) giving new direction/experiences.

    What success will look like

    Success will be seeing individuals making new relationships, friendships and learn new skills and take up new interests.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The overall OASIS Community Centre is aimed at giving a new heart and hub for a disadvantaged community. The 'Heart for wellbeing' projects are aimed at bringing about change in the community. Giving the opportunity in the long term to lift the whole community out of disadvantage by giving them life enhancing opportunities and experiences and a successful place to go, belong to and give the community an enhanced reputation. This is the one big opportunity to see a community transformed.

    Risk

    The risk that people do not wish to access help or resources provided. We have ongoing consultation and evidence to guage public opinion/need. We have reduced the risk by bringing the community with us on our journey (councillors, local teachers, medics, police, charities, community workers etc).

    Reporting

    We will report to donors in regular updates by email or letter and by annual report magazines outlining the different project areas and successes. It will also highlight ongoing needs and aspects which need further assistance.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Mentors/carers training Training for mentors, befrienders, tutors.
      £1,000 Publicity/admin Publicity/administration/DBS checks.
      £500 Catering/refreshments Cafe refreshments/equipment
      £5,000 Activity/groups Support for Workshops in various areas.
      £2,000 Support Costs For travel, towards clothing, CVs for clients
      £5,000 10 hour Courses First Aid, Gardening, Care, Health & Safety, Citizenship etc
      £2,000 Arts/crafts Course Course Materials ARTS awards.
      £1,500 3 Awards Nights Nights of honour for volunteers/courses etc
  • Background

    Location

    The OASIS Community Centre & OASIS Community Gardens, 2 Longfellow Drive, Kilton, worksop, Notts S81 0DE.
    This was a derelict former youth centre site which has been newly renovated, refurbished and landscaped by our charity. Opened in March 2011 it was the result of 3 years hard work, fund raising and project development. It is now an all age, multi facetted community centre and park which last year got the Green Flag award and is the home of over 30 projects.

    Beneficiaries

    The primary area we are targetting is the disadvantaged Kilton estate community (and Bracebridge, Manton, Larwood, Prospect estates) (about 7000 people) and the wider community of Worksop town and villages (about 50000 people). This was a former coalfields area and there is still much unemployment, a large amount of family breakdown, higher than average mental illness. It is a predominantly white community with longstanding families and Eastern European families.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only charity that has attempted any community project on this scale and estate. There are few community buildings (the only youth centre closed 5 yrs ago), two old community centres closed down, the 2 local pubs closed. We are the best placed as we are able to manage the overall project, and facilitate the outworking of individual projects. We have proved our comitment to the project over the last 3 years.

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    People

    Steve Williams - Volunteer Chairman And Project Manager

    Chairman and Project manager.

    Caroline McGrath - Treasurer

    Caroline is the treasurer and accounts manager for this project.

    Jean Joseph (Volunteer And Charity Trustee)

    Jean is a trustee with experience in community care. She will undertake support work in providing refreshments and managing the housekeeping.

    Paul Wrobel (Charity Trustee)

    Paul has a background in community work, having worked on this project from the outset. Also Paul is secretary and responsible for Health & Safety.

There was nowhere for my child to go to in this area and we were desperate for a short break from time to time. Then we found the OASIS Centre and it felt like we had come home. The people were lovely, the park was beautiful and our child feels at home and love it!

Mother of a child in Treasured Kids Respite care.