Victoria Armstrong -
Victoria is the CEO and set up the Oasis Centre after moving to Gorton in the nineties and being struck by the need that she saw.
"It is logical to me that if you see someone who hasn’t had a good start in life, suffering abuse, neglect or poverty, you must get involved. You must show them the love you have been given - unconditionally!"
Andy Crowe -
Andy is our Managing Director and Treasurer. His responsibilities include overseeing our move into the new Centre, and handling regulatory and compliance matters.
"Oasis is an exciting place to be as it creates opportunities to get alongside members of our community who have been overlooked, marginalised or are struggling with life in some way, and enables us to work together to create a sense of community, hope and achievement."
Paul Schofield -
Paul joined the Oasis family as Centre Director in June 2019. Paul's diverse work/life background has seen him managing pension schemes and leading large community groups and programs. Paul's faith fuels his desire to serve and support those who have been pushed to the margins of society.
"I find it a huge honour and privilege to be a part of the Oasis family and I am so excited about the years that lie ahead of us all as we work to serve and create a beautiful community together."
Dushy Caldera -
Dushy is the Centre Manager at Oasis and manages the day to day activities in the Centre. Dushy first came to Oasis ten years ago and was previously coordinating the RE-BUILD programme.
"God led me here, gave me a new start and surrounded me with a new family. I want the people I serve to know the love of God and his faithfulness the way I have."
Abigail Armstrong -
Abigail started with The Oasis Centre as a member of the Crisis Support team in 2017. Abigail excelled in this role and stepped into coordinating the programme when Dushy moved to Centre Manager.
"My role at Oasis is not just sorting out problems but with every session I'm gifted the opportunity to get to know someone new, to build something with and get to know their beautiful quirks, talents and personalities. I'm given the chance to love individuals that the world has rejected; now that's a real privilege."
Lizzie Watkins -
Lizzie coordinates our RE-SKILL Programme. Lizzie is a qualified teacher who first started working at the Oasis Centre as a volunteer, helping to run our Community Support team.
"It is a real privilege to work in an organisation where you are part of a team that is seeing people's lives change on a daily basis."
Rich Balmforth -
Rich coordinates the RE-START programme. Having spent time working in the private sector, Rich wanted to use this experience to help people engage with work.
"It's an honour to be able to come alongside people and watch them grow in confidence and feel empowered to go out and pursue careers they are passionate about."
Val Clarke -
Val Coordinates our NEXT STEP Retail Programme. Val has over 20 years’ experience in shop management and mentoring. She first started working at the Oasis Centre as a volunteer, helping to run our free cafe.
"It's a joy to be working with loving, friendly people and knowing that God is at work in what we do and through the centre he is changing people's lives."
Esther Webb -
The NEXT STEP catering programme is co-ordinated by Esther Webb. Esther made Manchester her home in 2006 and has experience working in cafes and as a 1-2-1 counsellor and mentor.
"It is such a privilege to be a part of the Oasis family. There is joy and laughter every day and I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve in a charity whose heartbeat is to demonstrate God's love and compassion to those in need."