Over the Summer school holidays, Oasis will be running its Summer Sessions in 25 Oasis Hubs and Academies around the country.
On the surface, they’ll look like fun sessions for 5-18 year-olds with sport, games and craft and a free lunch. However, underneath we’ll be supporting families facing far more serious matters – all made worse by the pandemic. Issues such as:
- Food insecurity, benefits problems and rising debts
- Mental health issues among parents, children and young people
- Children falling behind with their education
- Domestic violence and abuse
We want our Summer Sessions this year to offer fun and friendship for children in a safe space at the same time as providing support to their families.
Parents tell us something as simple as doing a craft activity together gives them a rare chance to play with their children. Helping to cook lunch for everyone is a great chance to chat, make new friends and pick up healthy food ideas.
It’s during activities like peeling veg or making a montage that families will us they need help with extra food, debt advice or one-to-one mentoring for their teenagers suffering anxiety.
Oasis has been running free school holiday clubs with a daily meal for three years now and we know they work.
Families have told us just how much the fun, creative sessions helped them:
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worried about how
much lockdown had
affected Sam but
over the last few
weeks we have seen
our bubbly outgoing
“I have loved
being with my
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The total cost of running good quality Summer Sessions across 25 locations is a six-figure sum and Oasis accesses all the government and corporate funding it can to finance the project.
However, some aspects of Summer Sessions cannot be covered through grant funding – this leaves us with a funding gap of around £30,000
Can you help us bridge this gap? Even a small gift helps because what it buys is priceless!