Founded in 2005, the Oasis Project is a community hub which offers personal support and development opportunities to residents of Plymouth. Many of the people who use its services are disadvantaged by such factors as ill health, learning disability, domestic violence and substance abuse. Low income and inadequate housing contribute to the difficulties.
The Oasis Project is the home of the Plymouth Foodbank and staff and volunteers work across both projects to provide a wide range of support.
Last year 343 people attended courses here and at least 25 have obtained employment. Courses include art, English and maths, IT, food safety, healthy cooking, till training, English for speakers of other languages and a job club.
Learn My Way is the computer course that we run at the centre, thanks to funding from The Good Things Foundation and we have had hundreds of people who have learnt about the internet here. Susan attended the course in 2015 and she said when she arrived that her skills were ‘non existent’. After learning the basics with us she became more confident and is now running craft sessions with the local museum, she accesses the internet to get ideas, print resources and show ‘how to’ videos to those who attend. She told us that coming to the Oasis was the springboard into her new life.
Oasis is well known and much valued among its visitors for the warm, friendly atmosphere provided by staff and volunteers.
Nick uses the computers in the cafe and says “I find the Oasis Cafe project welcoming and friendly. I can get on with using the PC for my job search and pay bills in a calm environment.”
At Oasis, everyone is welcome and we aim to serve the community, respect individuals and remain loyal to our Christian faith.
For those who prefer to talk on a one-to-one basis, private spaces and a prayer room are available. Through a range of services and activities, and a focus on developing a healthy mind, body and spirit, Oasis helps people to lead fulfilling lives in the local community.
Two full-time and two part-time members of staff, 4 sessional tutors and a network of 76 volunteers provide a range of courses and activities.