After five years of fundraising, training and awareness raising, the first Oasis project, a hostel for homeless young women in Peckham, was opened by Steve and Cornelia Chalke in 1990.  Since then Oasis has grown into a global movement pioneering a whole range of  life changing initiatives and projects around the world.  Everything that Oasis has pioneered has contributed toward a deeper understanding of humanity, resulting in our community hub model which first began to be articulated in 2003. 


These are some of the significant moments in the story of our journey so far here in the UK, but we continue to imagine and strive for a fair, inclusive country with justice, love and opportunity for everyone regardless of their religion, race, ethnicity or gender.


We cannot achieve what we can't imagine.


A potted history of Oasis



Oasis is launched by Steve Chalke.



Frontline, Oasis' first gap year programme, starts with six young people who work alongside local churches. A year later it has 21 and by 1989 some 57 young people are serving in churches across the country.



Christmas Cracker launches to raise funds for aid and development projects around the world. The campaign inspires thousands of young people to engage with issues around the world, raising more than £4 million over eight years for some of the world's poorest communities.



Oasis opens No.3, a hostel providing support for homeless girls in London. Street teams visit homeless communities in London including Cardboard City in Waterloo. A bus is acquired to act as a mobile base.



Introduction of Youth Ministry Course and Frontline Teams overseas.



The Elizabeth Baxter Hostel, opposite London's Imperial War Museum, opens to provide further support for the capital's homeless population.



Oasis College begins by launching the Oasis Certificate of Higher Education.



Launch of Parental a project that provided support to parents in the UK. More than 17 parenting books and many other resources were produced.



Oasis opens The Foyer in Thornton Heath, South London, after challenging young people to fundraise for the new hostel.



Faithworks, a project aimed at equipping and inspiring the Church in the UK, gets under way.

Oasis College begins first undergraduate degree.



Oasis moves its base to Waterloo to develop the 'Hub Model', providing holistic support and services to the local community.



The Hub Cafe Waterloo is opened as part of growing engagement with the community at Waterloo - part of the Hub development.

Oasis Community Learning is established with the express purpose of transforming learning, lives and communities through the development of Oasis academies.

Steve Chalke awarded MBE for 'Services to Inclusion'.



Steve holds Guinness World record - first time - for the most money raised by an individual in a marathon, raising £1.25 million.

Oasis launches 'STOP THE TRAFFIK' a global coalition dedicated to ending human trafficking.



Steve holds Guinness World record - second time - for the most money raised by an individual in a marathon, raising £1.84 million, taking the title back from Sir Steve Redgrave.

Oasis Community Learning opens its first three academies in the UK: one in London and two in Grimsby.



Steve Chalke appointed as UN.GIFT Special Advisor for Community Action against Human Trafficking.

Oasis launches Charities Parliament, now People's Parliament, to help engage charities in debate, inspire innovation and enable social change with central government just across the river.



Oasis College becomes Oasis College of Higher Education and soon after introduced a wide portfolio of qualifications from foundation courses to postgraduate qualifications.

Oasis launches first 'All Through' academy in London



Steve Chalke breaks the Guinness world record for the third time for the most money raised by an individual in a marathon raising a staggering £2.3 million for Oasis.

First Oasis primary academies in London and Manchester join the growing family of academies.



Oasis submits plans to redevelop its Waterloo base as a secondary school.



Oasis opens a secondary academy in the heart of Central London, providing high quality education for the local community as part of its Waterloo Hub.



The number of Oasis academies exceeds 40.

Oasis Community Partnerships is formed which aims to provide support to the ‘Hub Model’ in serving its local community’s needs.


Oasis Housing Projects merge with Aquila Way to become Oasis Aquila Housing, providing supported housing for nearly 100 vulnerable young people and adults in UK.


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