We are delighted to share with you the latest version of the Oasis Hub newsletter; The Circle.
In this issue is a wealth of great news from across the wider Oasis family, including: Nadiya Houssain's partnership with ending holiday hunger, updates from mental health support within Oasis, 25 years in India, fundraising success and details of the special support line set up for those isolated due to the Coronavirus.
Here is a hint of what you will find in the magazine.
Tackling food poverty
We are delighted to have Bake Off winner Nadiya Houssain's support with our actions and programmes to end holiday hunger. Holiday hunger is now an acknowledged fact in our society, and the COVID-19 crisis has made the situation all the more prominent in the news.
"In 2020 there is no place for Holiday Hunger. By just giving £5, the price of a lunch, we can significantly reduce the number of children going hungry this year and beyond. Please join me in fighting to end food poverty." says Nadiya.
Health in Mind; New youth workers appointed to help our community
Things have changed since ‘youth work’ meant setting up ping pong tables in church halls. Oasis Hub Hadley has just appointed its first youth workers dedicated to supporting young people with mental health issues.
Bobbiella Andoh (25) and James Titley (29) both have experience and qualifications in motivational therapies and will be supporting young people experiencing the beginnings of mental health issues often brought on by traumatic events. These may include high levels of anxiety, self-harm, anger management and feelings of isolation.
"We’re seeing cases where young people have mental health issues, which are not thought serious enough for referral to the NHS Children’s and Adolescents Mental Health Service (CAMHS),’ says Sam Ellis, Hub Leader at Oasis Community Hub Hadley. ‘They end up slipping through the net and start to feel isolated."
Funding for this placement is through the Violence Reduction Unit of the Mayor of London’s office for Policy and Crime. Together Bobbiella and James will have contact with around 100 young people from the Enfield and Haringey area.
25 years of Oasis India
Oasis India celebrated 25 years of community support work this year, with a major event bringing together hundreds of staff and people helped by it's programmes. Oasis India is now an organisation spread across 1 Hubs across the country.
Coronavirus phone line
Oasis has launched a national phone line offering a listening ear to those in isolation who feel lonely or anxious. This is not an advice line, it is an offer of company and kindness on the other end of the phone.
T: 0207 921 4272 (9-5, Mon-Fri)
Other headlines include:
- £50K for women fleeing domestic abuse
- Making healthy options the easiest options
- Crystal Palace FC tie up
- Oasis Hub Oldham secures £10K for creative Heritage Trail
- Oasis Southampton City Farm donation
- Surrey-London Ride 100 event