Category: Blog

Here you'll find extended articles updating you on current developments at Oasis Aquila Housing.

The 7 Year Itch

We’re currently crowdfunding to raise support for our homelessness drop-in centre Basis@Gateshead. After 7  years on Gateshead High Street, we’re ecstatic to have finally received the keys to our new building. We say new with some hesitation, as the building most certainly isn’t that! There’s a lot of work to be done to transform it …

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We couldn’t have picked a better week to have opened Basis in Sunderland

We couldn’t have picked a better week to have opened Basis in Sunderland, we’ve seen some pretty horrendous weather. Upon opening the door for the first time at 9am on Monday we found a gentleman on the doorstep surrounded by the first flurries of snow. He’s become a regular bringing us the Metro newspapers each …

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CEO David Smith calls for us to lose the archetype in light of Homeless Sunday

I don’t like the word Homeless. It reduces people to a deficit. It identifies them in terms of something that they lack. Of course, it has a purpose. Like the advert, it does what it says on the tin, describing a circumstance in which someone can find themselves. Increasingly it describes a phenomenon that, no matter …

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Life

  There is a verse in Johns Gospel, where Jesus says  ‘I have come that they may have life, life in all its fullness.’

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Perseverance

  This Sunday four of our staff team will be running 13.1 miles from Newcastle to South Shields, raising awareness and money for Oasis Aquila Housing. If they are anything like me, our Great North Run team of runners will feel acutely the fact that a journey from A to B can be a long …

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Worth

Last weekend a story hit the press in London and then it traveled around the world. It was the story of these spikes

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Inclusion

Yesterday we sent to press posters, declaring each of our five values: Inclusion, Worth, Hope, Perseverance and Life. These will be delivered to each of our projects & central office to be hung up for everyone to see and reflect on. As I signed off on the design, it made me think again about our …

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Mission

Our last blog was regarding our vision for community. The thing with vision of course is that it doesn’t become reality without determination. It doesn’t happen without righting some wrongs. It doesn’t happen without getting things that stop the vision from being a reality out of the way, and other things that are essential being …

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Vision

“When you get your ‘who am I’ question right, all of your ‘what should I do’ questions tend to take care of themselves” Richard Rhor We have individual ‘who am I’s’ and we also have corporate “who are we’s?” As writer Simon Silec shows everything we do, and the way we do it, has at …

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