Oasis Academy Lister Park students support vulnerable people in Manningham
An amazing group of teenagers from a Bradford secondary school have gone the extra mile to support vulnerable people across Manningham.
Students from Oasis Academy Lister Park, code named as ‘Team Oasis Smiles’ have put together over 100 support packs and delivered them to local organisations and families across the local area of Manningham.
Jade Ibegbuna, Oasis Community Hub Leader at Oasis Academy Lister Park, commented saying; “Our students have been brilliant and taken everything in their stride. They've done something really impactful. The idea was completely theirs, they dealt with all the logistics and really took ownership of the project, which is incredible.”
“With Covid, the students had been apart for so long, and realised what isolation can do. They were able to relate in a way they couldn't before.”
“It's the first time we've done a social action project which was completely student-led, and they've now left a legacy for other students to take the mantle and run with.”
“There's a perception that Manningham is a no-go area. But there are wonderful people doing amazing things here, their voices just aren't heard. It is great that the students have managed to shine some light on the area, as it's something it needs and deserves. They've inspired our Principal Mrs Dover, OALP staff and the community.”
The students who range from being in Year 8 to Year 11 delivered more than 100 packages to Abigail Housing, Bradford Central Foodbank, Millside Centre and Save the Mothers Trust, as well as over 40 to local families.
Nigat Ali, Assistant Principal at Oasis Academy Lister Park, said; “The student leadership are the heart and soul of our academy, they are brave, bold and hugely exciting as a team! Oasis Smiles for them was a way to give back to a community that has been broken by the pandemic, a community that has robbed of security, stability, and health!”
“Our students have bravely lived through these hardships, therefore they understood that now was the time to drive change and improvement through probably one of the most vulnerable communities in England. I grew up in this area, COVID would have destroyed my life irreparably if it ran rife in the 90s - like these students and the Oasis family I truly, truly believe that serving our communities is our God-given gift and honour! We had this wonderful honour and privilege through Oasis Smiles to feed our families! Huge shoutout to Jade, she brought our vision to life, her love, support and belief that we could be involved something so powerful accelerated this project beyond our expectations.”
That was not all, they also raised £575 which exceeded their original fundraising target of £500 in addition to supermarket donations, as well as community champion support, from Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and Wilko.
Khadija Master, Year 9 at Oasis Academy Lister Park, added; “As a student and a person who is part of this community I have always hoped to improve and enhance the face of Manningham! Oasis smiles enabled me to drive change, spread the message of being compassionate and kind above anything! What a wonderful project to be part of!”