OUR RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
HELP US TO RESTORE BROKEN LIVES
THE OASIS CENTRE IS A LIFELINE FOR THE PEOPLE OF EAST MANCHESTER
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Afzal Khan MP
Manchester Gorton since 2017
As Member of Parliament for Manchester Gorton, I know the positive impact the Oasis Centre’s work has on our area and for my constituents. The centre provides local residents with advice on welfare rights, support with developing their skills and looking for work, and emergency supplies of food and clothing when people are in crisis. Most of all, they provide a welcoming and supportive community, including their locally renown choir! During the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve seen how our community has come together to support our most vulnerable neighbours, friends and family, and Oasis has been a vital part of Gorton’s response.
As the local Member of Parliament, I wish to express my strongest possible support for The Oasis Centre, with which I have been working for a considerable period of time. The centre provides a quality service which helps the most complex and hardest to reach residents in Gorton develop stability, integration, life-skills and aspirations. The area in which they operate is one of great deprivation and the work is indispensable to what I seek for my constituents.
The Oasis Centre is a lifeline for over 150 people each week, including families living on benefits, long-term unemployed people, asylum seekers and refugees, homeless people, ex-offenders and those struggling with alcohol and drug problems or mental illness. Find out more about what Oasis can do for you.
The Oasis community is made up of partners, friends and well-wishers of Oasis who have made a decision to join with us on the journey. Learn about our story, receive regular updates of the lives that are being restored and hear about the latest opportunities to support the work. Why not join the community today?
What makes Oasis work is the generosity of people like you. There are huge needs in East Manchester, but along with this comes huge opportunities to serve people and restore even more broken lives. With your help, there is so much more that we can do. Find out how you can get involved.
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oasis centre building project
20 years ago, Victoria had a vision of a building in the heart of Gorton, that could be a hub for God's unconditional love to flow to the people of the area.
This dream was in Victoria's heart, even before Oasis had been started, and has stayed with her as the charity has gone from strength to strength over the last two decades. With the new Oasis Centre, this dream is finally becoming a reality.
Oasis is currently in an advanced stage of negotiation with Manchester City Council and One Manchester Housing Association about the development of this innovative new day centre and along with it some much needed social housing.
With this new centre, Oasis will be in an even better position to serve the local community, both through the expansion of the current provision that is on offer, and through the development of new services for the local community.
We are so close to the opening of the building with an expected completion date of early 2020. However, we have a shortfall of £40000 to meet before this date so that we can add a purpose built storage and sorting area for our charity shop which enables people to be lifted out of financial crisis and gain invaluable volunteering opportunities. Can you help us reach this target?
- Expansion of crisis support and emergency provision.
- Development of the education and employment program, and the addition of new training opportunities.
- New services - including counselling, debt advice, GP drop-in and mentoring.
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We work in partnership with Oasis, identifying key areas of needs and delivering educational events and courses to their residents. The Oasis Centre provides life-changing services to many One Manchester customers and has proved to be a crucial support hub to the Gorton community.
The most striking thing about Oasis is its complete acceptance of anyone walking in the door. Oasis is unique in that its first and foremost offer is acceptance, and its biggest commodity is trust. It offers support to people who are on the very fringes of society and works with individuals to support them to becoming more whole.
We have worked closely with Oasis over the past couple of years. We have seen the impact that their work has had for some of the most vulnerable and needy people in and around Gorton. We can't recommend them highly enough.