The Oasis Centre, Gorton

“For the past 18 years, we've been supporting, encouraging and equipping isolated, vulnerable and disadvantaged people to find stability, understand their incredible value and work out their God given potential. Oasis is a place where people become community, community becomes family and family becomes home!” Victoria Armstrong, Oasis CEO.

Working out of an old Methodist Church Hall in Gorton, the Oasis Centre provides 'whole person' support for vulnerable people, including crisis support, fee hot meals, a food bank, clothes store, an education programme and work club.

Each week, more than 100 people make use of its services, including families on benefits, long-term unemployed people, asylum-seekers, refugees, homeless people, ex-offenders and those struggling with alcohol and drug problems and mental illness.

People accessing its services has tripled over the last five years, with regular clients now numbering 600. In 2012, none of Oasis' clients were in employment or actively seeking education, employment or training. That figure has now risen to 38%.

“From chaos, isolation and hopelessness to stability, community, and fullness of life”

With the help of an Allchurches Trust grant, Oasis will soon be moving to a new, larger location where they will also house a counselling service, debt advice, banking workshops, health and wellbeing sessions, a GP drop-in and 'Love Gorton' local residents group.