Projects

We're involved in loads of stuff! Click on each picture to find out more about our projects.
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Oasis Pantry
The Oasis Pantry is one of a growing number of community pantries opening in Bath, supplying low cost, high quality surplus food each week to local residents.  We’re partnering with Fareshare Southwest, who work to reduce the amount of food sent to landfill by providing a way to match up surplus, in-date food with individuals and families on low incomes.   Our Pantry will be open every Thursday from 2pm-4pm in the ground floor of Oasis Church Bath, from Thursday 10th September 2020.  If you live or work within approximately a 15 minute walk of Oasis, or if Oasis is your closest Pantry, and your household income is less than £18,000 a year, then we’d love to invite you to become a member.  All are welcome, and we particularly would like to encourage those who are lone parents or families, who are long term unemployed, from refugees / asylum seekers and immigrants, and anyone working with a support serviceeg. Social workers.  (more…)
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Covid-19 Food Parcel Project

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.

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School Shoe Shop

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.

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Make Lunch
The scale of holiday hunger is huge, with over 1.5 million children receiving Free School Meals and millions more children living in poverty. It poses an urgent question. What happens to the children in your community during the thirteen weeks of the school holidays? For too many, the food runs out. We run Make Lunch – a food related initiative aiming to reduce holiday hunger by offering free nutritious meals to children and their families in the school holidays. You can watch one of our Make Lunch founders giving a talk about the project at TEDx Bath here.
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Kinship Carers’ Support Group
We run a Kinship Carers' Support Group with help from BANES Family Placement Team. Kinship care is ‘when a child lives full-time or most of the time with a relative or friend who isn't their parent, usually because their parents aren't able to care for them’. (source: Grandparents plus). There are around 200,000 children in the UK living in kinship care, and approximately 100 kinship carers in BANES. Research shows that around half of children (52%) are in kinship care as a result of parental drug or alcohol misuse, although other reasons include bereavement, imprisonment, parental abuse or neglect and parental ill health. Almost half of children in kinship care have some kind of special needs (49%), most commonly emotional and behavioural difficulties. Despite these complex needs kinship carers often don’t receive the same level of support as foster carers, so our monthly support group provides an important service and enables kinship carers to access vital peer support, as well as being able to talk with social care and be signposted to relevant support and resources. If you'd like to attend the kinship carers group please email us at welcome@oasisbath.org
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Climate Care
At Oasis Bath, we take the current climate emergency very seriously. At some of our Sunday meetings we help each other to discuss and live out a more environmental lifestyle, hear about a local area collaboration (CAFE BANES – Christian Action For the Environment) and think about activism with the Keynsham plastic attack and #YouthStrike4Climate. We’re also proud to host Extinction Rebellion for their weekly meetings.
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Our Delivery Model…

The way we structure our community work can be explained by the following tiered delivery model;

 

Direct Delivery: Anything that Oasis Hub Bath deliver directly and independently, even if other organisations are involved. This includes projects such as Make Lunch and our School Shoe distribution project.

Partnership Delivery: Projects and services we co-deliver with one or more partner agency or organisation. This includes our Kinship Carers Support Group and the Oasis Pantry which is launching in 2020.

Hosted Delivery: Projects and services that are delivered by other agencies or organisations, but who use our facilities as a base. This includes groups run by Extinction Rebellion, Julian House and twelve step fellowship meetings.

Private Hire – the private rental of our community spaces to individuals and organisations which provides income for the above tiers. This includes bookings for meetings or events such as birthday parties, film nights and conferences.

We’re proud to host many support groups in our building, including for those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous hold meetings at Oasis Church Bath on almost every day of the week. To find out details and times of meetings visit Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous

We have many more community projects in the pipeline…watch this space!

Volunteering

There are loads of great opportunities to get involved at Oasis Bath. You could join one of our Sunday teams and help out with serving coffee, welcoming people as they arrive, assisting the band with media and sound or by joining our kids or youth team.

There are also plenty of opportunities to get involved in serving the local community through our various hub projects. There is something everyone can do no matter your age or ability.

To find out more and to get involved, speak to a team member on a Sunday, or send us an email at churchadmin@oasisbath.org.