The Oasis Centre East Manchester

FREEDOM ED 2015

FREEDOM ED is a year training programme to help vulnerable, isolated and disadvantaged people in East Manchester gain confidence and self-esteem, springboarding them into education and employment; setting them free from chaotic lifestyles and the 'benefit trap'; and alleviating inner city poverty.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1115869)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£5,280

Amount raised

£8,490

Donations

14

    Categories

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

Location

Situation

The Oasis Centre is based in Gorton, ranked within the bottom 1.26% of neighbourhoods in the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation. Iindividuals are caught in third generation unemployment amid addiction, depression, isolation and low self-esteem. This causes a great strain on their families and the wider community. A large percentage of Oasis' clients have few or no qualifications and no aspirations or prospects for a healthy positive lifestyle outside of the 'benefit trap'.

Solution

The Oasis Centre would like to run FREEDOM ED, a 1-year education programme which will deliver basic life skills training and introduce our clients to literacy, numeracy, ITC, and art in a creative and non-threatening way. We have shown that this helps 'hard to reach' and 'complex family' clients to engage in learning and gives them the confidence to access basic education and training, bettering their chances of full-time employment and challenge their chaotic and unhealthy lifestyle choice

  • I‚Äôm back in control of my life!

    — Oasis Client

  • I turned to drinking and then onto drugs...But here I am months later happy and feeling there is so much more for me out there!

    — Oasis Client

  • It's incredible to see how an Oasis client can grow in confidence and self-esteem when they feel valued and loved!

    — Matt Blackwell

  • I turned to drinking and then onto drugs...But here I am months later happy and feeling there is so much more for me out there!

    — Oasis Client

  • I’m back in control of my life!

    — Oasis Client

  • It's incredible to see how an Oasis client can grow in confidence and self-esteem when they feel valued and loved!

    — Matt Blackwell