Oasis Community Housing

We are a Christian charity helping to tackle homelessness through our 17 different projects across the country.
http://oasiscommunityhousing.org

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Staff at Oasis Community Housing went above and beyond when people sleeping rough were moved into hotels after Covid-19 struck.

Concerned about access to basic necessities and communication barriers, the charity's team worked with other organisations to ensure the rough sleepers had a hot meal daily and had access to mobile phones so they could contact support staff.

At the same time, Oasis staff were working out how to adapt to the lockdown restrictions so they could continue supporting people via the charity's own accommodation and services, which they did throughout the pandemic.

Oasis was started in 1984 by students who wanted to help homeless people in Gateshead. Today it also has operations in Sunderland, South Tyneside and south London. The aim is to address the root causes of homelessness as well as immediate needs.

The people Oasis supports include youngsters who are homeless, families suffering from domestic abuse and rough sleepers who need help with employment.

The leadership team remained on the front line with employees throughout the pandemic. They held monthly all-staff video calls, and employees working remotely were reminded to take regular breaks.

Buddy groups and a parenting social group were set up to support those who were feeling isolated or lonely and parents juggling home-schooling with work. Parents were not expected to make up the time they spent on home-schooling.

Group clinical supervision has been established to give staff an opportunity to ease the burdens of caring for vulnerable people.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Company

92% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

After the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the charity started conversations with its employees of colour about their experiences in employment, including with the charity. A number of staff were invited to talk to the executive team, which led to the creation of Oasis's inclusion action group.

Personal Growth

85% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

Oasis provides bespoke training opportunities for staff, who can use coaching and mentoring to further their development. On top of the central budget for training, the charity provides each employee with a £250 pot for them to spend on their particular training needs.

Fair Deal

62% of staff agreed

I am paid fairly for the work that I do relative to others within this organisation

Oasis has become a real living wage employer and increased its London weighting allowance by more than 30%. The charity's new recognition awards, worth up to £500, will reward staff for specific tasks that went beyond their usual roles. There are also staff value and kudos awards.

Benefits

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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