Community Empowerment Programmes
We are a movement of people who are committed to supporting with the transformation of the communities in which we live, learn and work. Our vision is to see neighbourhoods, towns and cities become places full of aspiration, opportunity and friendship.
The needs of each community is complex. There are many interconnecting factors that come into empowering people to reach their potential and regain that sense of belonging and achievement, including social, physical, educational, emotional, environmental, vocational and spiritual. For this reason our teams of volunteers, youth workers and community staff work day-in-day out to create strong local communities in which no-one is excluded or isolated. Where everyone can thrive.
We run a number of community empowerment programmes across the country, with the aim of giving our communities the tools they need to make the changes that matter to them. It is vital that they feel hopeful, enthusiastic and most of all empowered to persevere with their goals, so that they can reach their targets and be proud of their achievements.
We deliver community cafes, adult education, support groups, mentoring schemes and healthy living projects to name some.
Becka's story: Oasis Hub Oldham
Before becoming a volunteer with Oasis Hub Oldham, Becka didn't really feel part of her community, even though she had lived in the area her whole life. She had not been on welfare benefits long, but felt stuck and knew she wanted more from life.
She joined the Hub volunteers after being introduced via a Talent Match Project. Initially she was very shy, as she didn't know anyone. However staff and volunteers made her feel welcome and supported her to get involved in activities. he began to help with Saturday morning school, preparing and serving breakfasts for students and eventually she became involved in delivering the family activities at Hubabaloo, promoting volunteering activities at school parents' evenings and getting involved in 'Veg in the Park'.
Becka has attended the Hub volunteer training programme and has led her own sessions in cake decoration. Recently Becka has gained work experience with Oasis Hub Partners.
Through volunteering i can recognise my own skills and how much more i can achieve. I now feel part of the community and I am giving back and supporting others. I have enjoyed everything, i don't feel stuck anymore and know I am closer too full time employment.
- 5280 people were regularly involved in our empowerment programmes
- 3179 were involved in community and social action projects
- 770 in parenting projects
- 575 in adult education
- 567 in community volunteering
- 124 in self-esteem and aspiration programmes
- 58 in farm and environment programmes
- 7 in social enterprise
In addition to those regularly involved, a whopping 7,390 people attended one off events and trips including a community iftar, carols by candlelight, carnivals, peace events and fireworks.
I feel like i can make a difference and it's lovely to be par to a diverse community
The Hub has helped me settle into the community and find new friends.
The Hub helped me get a job and learn lots of new skills.