Category: News and Stories

We love to hear about the stories where someone's time with us has made a positive difference to their lives. We'd like to share some of them with you here along with news of things happening for Oasis Aquila Housing.

Calling all businesses! Take on the OAH Summer Challenge

Put your team’s entrepreneurial, marketing and leadership skills to the test by taking on the Oasis Aquila Housing Summer Challenge. Motivate your team, develop entrepreneurial skills and enhance positive media coverage of your business. The Challenge: It’s simple; we give your team £300 – you grow the investment! We’ll give you until the end of …

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Meet TeamOAH our Great North Runners!

Avengers Assemble! Last week saw the gathering of our amazing fundraisers who will be taking on the Great North Run on September 9th. It was great to get together, share fundraising hints and tips, and reassure each other that it’s not too late to start training! One of our runners is none other than Steve …

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New Community Ambassador Volunteering Opportunity

Are you passionate about tackling homelessness? Would you like to help us raise awareness of homelessness and encourage others to do something about it? We are looking to recruit OAH volunteer ‘community ambassadors’ to deliver talks at churches, schools and other community groups on our behalf. Community ambassadors give us the capacity we need to …

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A New Bed and a New Start

Gav* first came in to our drop-in centre Basis@Sunderland for a food parcel four weeks’ ago. Gav was homeless and had been sleeping rough under a bridge in Sunderland for the past 5 months. He’d just managed to find some accommodation but was completely without food, possessions and even a bed. Initially, Gav was anxious …

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Grace’s Journey from Powerlessness to Independence

Grace* is a forty-year-old single mother to three children. Grace came to us for help as she was living in poverty with no spare income to pay the bills. With no income of her own and her ex-husband out of the country and refusing to contribute to child support, she was relying on the Child …

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Vote for us in the Natwest Skills and Opportunities Fund

Vote online at: http://skillsandopportunitiesfund.natwest.com/vote/ Natwest have just launched the public voting site for their Skills and Opportunities Fund, and we are delighted to say that we have been shortlisted! If successful, the money secured from winning the vote will provide the funding needed for our new ‘Finding the Change’ project. This project will enable us …

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An Afternoon Tea with Danny Parker

Treat yourself to a delicious afternoon tea in the luxurious Gold Room at the Vermont Hotel on 28th April at 1pm-3pm. You’ll also have the opportunity to win fantastic prizes through our raffle, and our special guest speaker Danny Parker will share his stories from the BBC’s Great British Menu, MasterChef and much more. This …

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Domestic Abuse and Serial Victims Research Project

Domestic Abuse and Serial Victims Research Project We wish to appoint a researcher to produce a report for us which will inform the shape of our Domestic Abuse and Serial Victims (DASV) service moving forward.  We anticipate that the report will cover a wide range of research including findings on the national need for DV …

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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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Oasis Aquila Housing launches their ‘Giving a Home’ Christmas campaign

Oasis Aquila Housing is launching their 2017 ‘Giving a home’ Christmas fundraising campaign on November 17th at Gateshead College. The event will feature their patron Rev. Kate Bottley – known for Gogglebox and Master Chef – taking part in a bake off against a member of the college. Those invited to the event include local …

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