Case Study: Oasis Cafe

Oasis Cafe


At the Oasis we are a community hub, where people can come for a coffee or meal, but also come to get help, guidance and support.  We strive to see our clients as whole people loved by God in whatever situation they currently find themselves.

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At the Oasis we are a community hub, where people can come for a coffee or meal, but also come to get help, guidance and support.  We strive to see our clients as whole people loved by God in whatever situation they currently find themselves.

Here is a snapshot of a week at the Oasis where every day varies and we never know what will happen or who will come in. 

Monday morning is devoted to setting up the café for the week ahead, Angie and Coralie are busy making cakes and sandwiches. In the afternoon we have IT classes where people are getting to grips with the digital world. Over the last 12 months, 120 people have dropped in to use the computers for job searches and social media while 92 people have accessed training via the computers. 

Tuesday is our coffee morning and art group. One of our members, Stanley, joined the group at 101 years young! There’s another IT session upstairs in the morning and a maths group in the afternoon.

Wednesday A group of foreign national mums and their children come in for cookery and a chat: it helps reduce isolation, become part of the community and allows them to share their cookery skills. There is another IT session in the afternoon.

On Wednesday in the school holidays we host ‘Open the Book’ Breakfast Club, mums and their children coming together for fun and food. We have had a chance to fly kites on the Hoe, meet in the park and make our own baked beans while talking about Jesus.

Thursday morning is Judith’s second art group, helping those who suffer with anxiety or loneliness. In the afternoon we have cookery for people with learning and physical restrictions.                   

This is followed by English lessons; we have fourteen students over the year, four of the group have gained qualifications at various levels while every person has found a sense of self-worth and achievement.

Friday morning is coffee morning again! Our regular visitors finish off Angie’s cake and some may stay for a roast dinner. This is followed by the Job Club; we have a good track record of getting people into work, training or volunteering.

Here at Oasis, we have also held birthday parties, hosted a murder mystery evening and had volunteer quiz nights. We want to recognise the work done by all our volunteers and having fun together is a great way to do this. We have provided support to the Methodist Church summer activities, provided buffet lunches for business meetings, conferences and parties. We have prayed with people in need and with people to give thanks.

We host overseas students through Tellus and have students on placement from the University. We are currently aiming towards gaining Matrix accreditation for Information Advice and Guidance which will formally recognise the work that we do with volunteers and centre users. But by far the most important thing is that we are here.