The former Bagnall Centre for Integrated Healthcare has been temporarily gifted to us by Joanna Hill, one of our key benefactors, and is a catalyst for Oasis to embark on an ambitious project in Chesham, as part of the charity’s new direction and plans for expansion. Offering 6,000 sq. ft over three floors, and with a range of rooms for different purposes, this gift is accelerating our mission to make a significant positive difference to our local communities.
Through collaboration and new initiatives, we are expanding our service provision by delivering training, employability and education courses, as well as a variety of groups, courses and sessions promoting good mental health and wellbeing, supporting the lives of people within our community. We take a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing, and offer a social prescribing model as a key part of our delivery, engaging people in our services whilst also connecting people with other community groups and services.
Huge thanks to the following funding organisations that have supported Oasis with our new venture and new direction enabling us to provide activities and sessions at the Bagnall. Supporters include: Joanna Hill, Heart of Bucks, The Clare Foundation, The Tony and Sheelagh Williams Charitable Foundation, the LHC Community Benefit Fund, The Rothschild Foundation, the National Lottery Community Fund, Garfield Western Foundation, Shanley Foundation, InnovateUK and Bucks New Uni and several anonymous wealthy individuals. Our 5-year fundraising and income generation strategy is aimed at increasing opportunities to develop and enhance our offer to our communities throughout Buckinghamshire.
Improving an individual’s health and wellbeing is the core purpose of what we are doing at the Bagnall. In addition to the range of different projects mentioned below, we also plan to offer specialised courses aimed at improving wellbeing, and targeting specific groups on certain days. To support these plans we will be starting to provide #MindfulnessMonday – offering Mindfulness taster sessions in the morning, structured Mindfulness sessions in the afternoon followed by a Yoga class in the Studio. On Tuesdays we offer #TransformationTuesdays a weekly Recovery Festival for anyone in recovery – be it recovery from mental health, recovery from substance misuse, recovery from loneliness and even recovery from Covid – pop in and see what happening, there is a lot to choose from. We have new projects starting in autumn 2022, many of which will be enhanced through the recruitment of our new volunteer manager and supported by new and existing volunteers.
See Timetable below – we will update this timetable each month – please do get in contact, and get involved.
Our well established Routes to Work service and the Art Box project are part of our county-wide provision, and will be available at the Bagnall, in addition to the following new projects that we are offering:
With state-of-the-art modern facilities, develop your culinary skills in our training kitchen, ideal for delivering educational and social cookery classes.
Through our cookery teaching classes and groups, we aim to increase knowledge of healthy eating and encourage social contact and cohesion in the wider community. We plan to run baking sessions so that we can provide cakes and snacks for people accessing Bagnall services. The training kitchen will support people to take basic food hygiene courses as well as being a place where we can cook food that can be enjoyed at our Recovery Cafés, based with the One Recovery Bucks premises in High Wycombe and Aylesbury.
The kitchen is an ideal venue to host a lunch, dinner or afternoon tea with friends and family, getting together in a social environment.