Oasis provides a range of different services and we have several different contracts in place, working with local and national organisations.
The Oasis recovery network provides a range of opportunities aimed at supporting people in recovery, it is funded exclusively through fundraised money and donations from Trusts, Foundations, Community organisations and generated income.
Drug and alcohol treatment outcomes are likely to be more successful if other issues that are troubling you are addressed. For example housing, support with benefits and financial management, building relationships, developing life skills, IT training, employment, confidence building, training, or gaining a social network which does not revolve around drug and alcohol use.
The recovery network provides additional support services focusing on life skills, employment, training and education skills, volunteering and building confidence. Skills that build confidence leading to a successful future which is not impacted upon by drug and alcohol misuse.
Our Recovery Cafes are based within One Recovery Bucks services in Aylesbury and Wycombe. They provide a hub from which to engage service users with recovery network opportunities.
Oasis benefits from the support of the local food share scheme, which gives us free food to use in the cafes as well as being able to offer surplus food to service users, many of whom are experiencing financial hardship.
We work closely with a variety of partner organisations to ensure our service users have access to the support they need around a variety of issues. This is particularly useful in relation to getting benefit advice, support about Universal Credit claims, housing support, employment, training and education focussed support, all of which can be tricky if you have additional problems associated to drug and alcohol use.
Please talk to member of staff or volunteer to find out about accessing support from the Recovery Network.
Gaining employment or sustaining your employment is an important part of a persons recovery. At Oasis we understand that gaining a job is not an easy task for some people and additional support is needed to help you gain employment, or begin your career path with a college or training course.
Our dedicated ETE staff are able to offer targeted support at the level and pace required, providing a bespoke support plan meeting individual needs. The contracts we have in place and our partnership approach to service delivery ensures that we can offer a wide range of different pathways into or towards the employment market.
In Wycombe we run the local job club in partnership with Red Kite Housing, every Monday at our Baker Street service. Service users can access support be either dropping into the Job Club or getting their key worker to make a referral. In Aylesbury we offer drop in support at the Open Access Service and also accept referrals from key workers.
Our volunteer project really does give you the opportunities you need to gain skills, confidence and have some fun. Volunteers add huge value to the organisation and their support really does make a difference. Oasis offers training and a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.
Activities that volunteers have been involved in have included: Volunteer counselling, providing drop-in cover regularly and in emergencies; needle exchange; delivering emergency food parcels; Schools Drug Education Programme; shadowing and supporting project workers; carrying out initial assessments; group facilitation; running a fitness class; Art Group; public awareness-raising (stalls, leafleting and promotional events e.g. Carol Concert, helping at the Golf day); creating an Oasis promotional DVD; data entry; phone cover; IT advice; health promotion (Dental Hygiene Week); gardening project and buddying clients in recovery. In addition to these specific activities, volunteers have provided a wealth of knowledge, ideas, suggestions and moral support. supporting the Oasis Republic recovery network, the recovery cafe.
An application and interview process takes place before becoming a volunteer, to ensure that you are suitable for the role and to make sure that you are matched to placements that you want to get involved with. Supervision and support is provided by the co-ordinator.
Aylesbury Vale District Council had been awarded a grant from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government to support rough sleepers living in Aylesbury Vale. The exciting project started in September.
Oasis, working in partnership with AVDC, Aylesbury Homeless Action Group, Buckinghamshire CCG, Oxford Health and Connection Support, employ a team of staff to provide the Rough Sleeper Initiative (RSI).
The RSI will be providing innovative tailored support solutions for those sleeping rough, and will be working with housing providers to develop accommodation solutions . This approach will provide a holistic needs based service to clients to provide accommodation, assessment, and support including dedicated access to mental health and substance misuse professionals to help them sustain tenancies in the longer term.
As part of the multi-disciplinary outreach team, Oasis will be responsible for providing the substance misuse element of the RSI. We will offer advice and support to rough sleepers, and be working with people in accommodation who are at risk of eviction owing to their substance use. We will be referring clients into treatment with One Recovery Bucks, if appropriate and will support them throughout their recovery journey.
Housing support is also available within One Recovery Bucks which is provided by Connections Support.
Oasis is aware of the value and benefits of mutual aid and how it is fully integrated with the local treatment system. The following mutual aid groups are available locally Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, Gamblers Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous. Oasis is able to make introductions to these groups if required.