The former Bagnall Centre for Integrated Healthcare has been 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 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 will be providing a social prescribing link worker model as a key part of our delivery, engaging people in our services whilst connecting people with community groups, providing emotional and practical support.
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, as part of the local Covid-19 recovery process. Supporters include: Joanna Hill, Heart of Bucks, The Clare Foundation, The Tony and Sheelagh Williams Charitable Foundation, the LHC Community Benefit Fund and an anonymous wealthy individual. Our new 5-year fundraising strategy is aimed at increasing funds to develop and enhance all the projects we plan to run onsite at Bagnall as well as the services we plan to offer across Buckinghamshire.
In 2020 we worked hard to deliver our Christmas campaign, providing household goods and gifts to local communities, as well as running Routes to Work workshops and facilitating Buckinghamshire Adult Learning classes.
From 17th May 2021, in accordance with Covid-19 government guidelines, we have been offering 1:1 Routes to Work support as well as delivering a range of educational classes, physical activities, art and music workshops. We are promoting these opportunities through our social media channels and website.
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 with an Art Box session running alongside. On Tuesdays we plan to run some services specifically for people who have recently been housed, either permanently or temporarily, following a period of time being homeless. #TransformationTuesdays will offer activities including Routes to Work, Art Box and baking sessions.
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: