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Staying connected: being community for each other during the Coronavirus crisis
Oasis is present in 40 communities in the UK, running schools, churches, and community services - from Foodbanks to ESOL classes, baby groups, holiday clubs, and youth work. As the coronavirus crisis continues, like many others around the country, we're working to keep communities connected and to look after the most vulnerable. Read on to find out how you can help.
Prioritising those who most need support
We are already experiencing a huge surge in demand for services such as Foodbanks and Community Kitchens. While some are stocking up on supplies, the many thousands of people accessing our food poverty projects around the country don’t have this luxury. Foodbanks are struggling to keep up with demand and receiving fewer donations, while essential food items such as pasta and loo rolls are flying off our supermarket shelves.
We are prioritising food projects, becuase we know that those already struggling to make ends meet, and those who can’t afford to miss work will be the hardest hit. As schools are closed, we know families who rely on Free School Meals will need extra help.
Please make a donation to keep these vital community services running and our food projects stocked - text OASISUK to 70085 to give £20*, or donate online by using the link at the bottom of this page.
If you are local to south London, our Waterloo Foodbank is welcoming donations of tinned, packet, or dried food, rice, pasta, nappies, toiletries and cleaning products at the following times: Tuesday 1pm - 2.30pm, Friday and Saturday 10am - 12pm. 1 Kennington Road, London SE1 7QP.
The Oasis friendship line phone service
For those who are most at risk from the virus, staying at home can be a desperately lonely experience. We believe that the use of the term ‘social distancing’ is misguided. Instead, we need to find ways of staying ‘socially close’ whilst keeping ourselves ‘physically distanced’. We know from our work in local communities across the UK that kindness, listening and company are just as vital ‘services’ as good health advice or access to food supplies
Because of this, Oasis has launched a 'friendship line' - a phone line for anyone in isolation who is feeling lonely, anxious, or worried. Our national 'friendship line' offers a listening ear. This is not an advice line - it's an offer of company and kindness on the other end of the phone, at a time when many of us really need it.
Our Friendship Line number is 020 7921 4272. It's open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Finding calm and helping each other
We've put together some Guidance for 'finding calm' - written by practitioners experienced in emotional support and trauma resopnse. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to download a copy.
Join our online church gathering
We are also broadcasting a short inclusive 'global gathering' every Sunday morning with reflections, music, and prayer. You are very welcome to join us online, wherever you are in the country - or the world! The gathering will be hosted by Oasis Church Waterloo - please join us at 11am on Facebook.com/oasiswaterloo.
The role of local faith and community groups in supporting the most vulnerable
There is a vital role for faith and community groups to play in this moment of crisis. So, please make use of 'Guidance for finding calm in our communities' (also downloadable below) and join us in providing support for those who are feeling anxious in your community.
We can all do something to help
To donate, please click on the button below. Some people have been experiencing difficulties with the giving page. We're really sorry - we're doing everything we can to fix it. If you are struggling, please return here and click through to our Justgiving Page instead. Thank you!
*Texts cost your donations amount of £20 plus your standard message charge