- Give a Gift
- Coffee with Cops
- Focus Counselling
- Addiction Support Groups
- Oasis Pantry
- Covid-19 Food Parcel Project
- School Shoe Shop
- Make Lunch
- Kinship Carers’ Support Group
Every Christmas, Oasis Church Bath runs ‘Give a Gift’, a reverse advent calendar where we collect items that are then distributed between a number of projects, including Make Lunch (our holiday hunger programme). We know that these hampers are always really appreciated by the families who receive them, and the feedback we get each year is that people are overwhelmed by the generosity they experience.
Quartet Community Foundation's recent 'Vital Signs' report reveals a 25% increase in drug use in BANES, and the need to focus on early intervention and prevention. Groups such NA and AA help people who are recovering from addiction stay clean and sober, and provide them with the support they need to stop them from going back in active addiction.To find out more about how to access a meeting and when the meetings run, please visit the relevant website below; Narcotics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous
A short time after the COVID-19 pandemic meant we couldn't run our holiday hunger project Make Lunch, we quickly adapted and set up our Food Parcel Project. Between April - August we delivered over 700 food parcels to Make Lunch families and others referred to us by community and statutory organisations. We worked in partnership with the Salvation Army in the who kindly offered us their city centre café for storing and refrigerating food that is supplied to us from Fareshare South West.
In the UK, 4 million children are living in shoe poverty.This means that they are often wearing shoes that don’t fit properly or aren’t suitable for their needs. Through our existing community work we had many conversations with parents who struggle to provide school shoes for their children, with new shoes costing around £50 a pair in Clarks, and only lasting a few months as children often grow quickly. Despite this need, around 2 million shoes are sent to landfill every single week in the UK, with each pair taking 100 years to biodegrade.
In response, Oasis Hub Bath piloted a school shoes redistribution project for the first time in 2019. Through partnering with local schools, churches and community groups as well as the local media, we put out a call for donations of good quality second hand or new school news to redistribute to families in need rather than ending up in landfill.
We collected over 70 pairs of shoes which were cleaned, polished and prepared for redistribution by a group of volunteers. We partnered with three local schools to distribute vouchers to families that would benefit from receiving a pair of school shoes, then set up a school shoes stall at the summer fairs of each school. We managed to give away 52 pairs of shoes, and any shoes we had left at the end were given to a clothing project, meaning every pair of donated shoes reached a family in need.