Refugee Week

This month, all around the UK, thousands of people are celebrating Refugee Week.  

Refugee Week is the world’s largest arts and culture festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary.

At the Oasis Centre, we are PASSIONATE about celebrating our refugee, asylum seeker and migrant communities.  We LOVE bringing together the rich diversity of our neighbourhood.  Our free café, ESOL classes, crisis support, education, volunteer, and work club programmes have become a lifeline for many. In one of our recent classes, we counted 44 different languages and dialects. We feel so privileged to represent so many wonderful countries and cultures from around our world!

We serve Gorton's multicultural community by offering activities in multiple languages, including Arabic, Urdu, Kurdish, Farsi, Spanish, and Italian. We also celebrate our diversity through our Friday Feasts where we enjoy food, music and history from the different nations represented at Oasis.

Here are some of the ways that our community describe The Oasis Centre:

“I started coming for ESOL class but what I get is so much more, I get my new family.  All my family in Syria and I miss them so much but I now have Oasis family, I used to cry all the time but now I am happy with my family.  We love to come and learn and be with our family laughing in our Unity class and people want to learn about us and they teach us many things too”.

“I have been treated with understanding and respect. The environment is peaceful. This place has been a huge help in hard times. I love you all”.

“I consider this centre my second family.  I missed my family who I left behind in my country but when I came to Oasis, I felt like I live with my family.  All the staff is kind and friendly. They always smile and be helpful. I love being in the class and helping in the kitchen. Thank-you very much for everything”.

The bible is such an incredible guide helping us remember what is precious and important in life.  Leviticus 19:33-34 says: ‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God’.

How wonderful it is when diversity is celebrated and enjoyed, this is when community really thrives!