16 Oasis Academies embrace WE Day at the SSE Arena in Wembley
On 4 March 2020 thousands of change-makers packed the SSE Arena, Wembley, for an unparalleled event. This year’s star-studded line-up included; Idris Elba, Lewis Hamilton, Jamie Oliver, Leona Lewis, Calum Scott, inspiring speakers and world leaders, mixed with real people, celebrating a year of action that transformed communities and changed lives.
16 Oasis Academies across the country took part in the event; these academies were; Oasis Academy Oasis Academy Byron, Boulton, Brislington, Clarksfield, Coulsdon, Enfield, Isle of Sheppey, Limeside, Lord’s Hill, Mayfield, Oldham, Pinewood, Shirley Park, Sholing, Skinner Street, and Ryelands.
Invited to the stage was Mr Paul Murray, Ethos Director for Oasis Academies in Southampton along with students from Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey talking about their amazing transformational Dementia Café initiative which has helped to change and support so many people’s lives in Sheppey.
Paul Woodman, WE Day Trip Leader for the Oasis Southampton Academies, said; “Our students thoroughly enjoyed the day and it was an honour to speak on stage about our amazing Dementia Café. Our students have come back ready to put the uplifting words into positive action in our school communities.”
WE is a celebration of young people making a difference to their local and global communities. The movement seek to empower young people to become compassionate leaders and active citizens. Tickets to the annual star-studded event cannot be bought and are earnt through local and global work by young people determined to make their community a better place.
To earn the star-studded tickets, our academies had to complete either local or global work and be determined to make their community a better place.
Levy Dalin, Digital Marketing Apprentice at Oasis Community Learning, attended his first WE Day event as part of the Oasis family, and said; “WE Day was a truly inspiring day! It didn’t only motivate children but showed us ALL how we can make a change within our own communities and the world. The highlight for me was hearing all the young people speak out about how they fought against their hardships and get to where they are today. The main lesson I took away was despite the situation, NEVER GIVE UP!
The Game Of Thones star, actress Gwendoline Christie was part of this year’s star studded line-up and called for the next generation to “feel limitless in their options”.
Leona Lewis added; “Inspiring young people to get active and be powerful global citizens building a brighter future is an amazing thing to be a part of. I couldn’t be happier to join them on their mission,”
Model and activist Adwoa Aboah urged young people to be more open about their mental health struggles. Aboah hosts a podcast about mental health called Gurls Talk, which has featured Jorja Smith, Mabel and Serena Williams.