OUR VISION AND VALUES
Meet the Team
Victoria Armstrong -
Victoria is the Founder 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 CEO. His responsibilities include budgeting, planning 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 Redamo -
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."
Rhys Massey -
Rhys started with The Oasis Centre as a member of the Crisis Support team in 2022. Rhys excelled in this role and stepped into coordinating the programme in 2023
"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."
Paul Hargreaves -
Paul coordinates the RE-START programme. Having worked in several areas, including many years in the print industry, Paul wanted a new challenge and to use this experience to help people engage with work.
"I feel extremely privileged to be part of this community, it's exciting getting to know people, supporting them into work and giving them the confidence to fulfil their potential"
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."
sarah hargreaves -
The NEXT STEP catering programme is co-ordinated by Sarah Hargreaves. Having spent many years working in Christian ministry as a children, youth, and families worker, Sarah felt called to Oasis in 2022. Sarah hopes to combine her love of cooking with helping and serving this community.
"I'm really excited to be a part of the Oasis family. The Next Step volunteers are amazing and I hope by supporting them as they grow in confidence and ability I can help make a difference in their lives"
Rev Alistair Metcalfe - Chair of Trustees
Al has been a passionate trustee of Oasis since 2010. He was born in Manchester and loves the city!
"I love everything that Oasis is and stands for - it is quite simply one of the clearest expressions of the love of God for all people that I know"
Simon cook -
Simon is Managing Director of Roger Hannah which as a business was looking for ways to give back to the local community.
"I have never lost the initial excitement of seeing the power of unconditional love and compassion towards the most broken and needy people in society.
David and his wife Lizzie became involved with Oasis in 2010 having seen the amazing work God was doing in East Manchester through The Oasis Centre.
“Oasis is a little part of God’s Kingdom here in East Manchester serving those that are in need of God’s love"
Jo Stevenson - Secretary
Jo and her family have been passionate supporters of Oasis since meeting Victoria and hearing the exciting Oasis story some years ago.
“What I love most about Oasis is how each person who comes in is loved unconditionally- with patience, kindness, joy and perseverance- recognising their worth and value to God.”
Sue Cook -
Sue worked as an Educational Psychologist before concentrating on voluntary work in the charity sector. She became involved with Oasis in 2014 largely in fundraising.
"It is a privilege to be involved in Oasis. Oasis aims to address all needs under one roof with unconditional love and support making a tangible difference to the most desperate in our community"
David loves his job as a TV producer and also enjoys writing, preaching and playing the drums. He's married to Elizabeth and together they have 4 boys under the age of 9...so life is never dull!
"In a world which can often seem dark and hostile, Oasis is a warm, bright light that draws people in. It's a community of love, hope and goodness!"
Tom has lived in East Manchester since 2005 and got involved with Oasis while working for a local housing association. He now works for a Neighbourhood Leas for the NHS helping reduce health inequalities in Manchester.
"I am amazed at the things Oasais does but also how it goes about doing them. I am regularly inspired by the integrity, gentleness and selfless attitudes of staff and volunteers"