January's charity of the month is Oasis Hub Bath. Do please donate if you can to help those in need.
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Oasis is a Christian organisation founded in 1985, with a mission of living out their Christian faith through building inclusive communities all over the world and working with groups of people currently excluded from community. They aim to empower people and communities to reach their God given potential. Oasis develops practical ways of responding to structural injustice and inequality – from healthier eating to playgroups, community centres to education, job training, debt advice, and English lessons.
‘Community Hubs’ are the heart of Oasis. Their hub model brings together their academies, churches, supported housing, and community projects. Oasis works in nine different countries including UK.
Oasis Community Hub, Bath, formerly Hay Hill Baptist Church until 2018, is one of our close church neighbours. In line with the Oasis ethos, Bath Oasis is involved in a number of community projects, and several Christ Church members have been volunteering in the following ones:
- Make Lunch Bath - a food related initiative aiming to reduce holiday hunger by offering free nutritious meals to children and their families in the school holidays.
- Covid-19 Food Parcel Project - the pandemic has temporarily put a stop to Make Lunch Bath and instead, over the summer and Christmas holidays, Oasis delivered food parcels to Make Lunch families and others referred to them by community and statutory organisations, using food that is supplied by Fareshare South West.
- The Pantry - one of a growing number of community pantries opening in Bath, supplying low cost, high quality surplus food each week to local individuals and families on low incomes. Again, Oasis is partnering with Fareshare Southwest, who source surplus, in-date food and re-distribute it. (See faresharesouthwest.org.uk)