Oasis operates across the socio demographic range and the cases it takes on, as strange as it might seem, are proportionate.  The environment in which it works is where families, for various reasons, have ended up in a circle of abuse, where the outcome for the children results in them having very low levels of self esteem and personal worth.   Our goal here is to move these family units and children from a destructive cycle of truancy, physical and psychological abuse and self harm, criminality, and, of course, drug addiction to a life where positive choices can be made.  Choices that lead to a strong sense of self belief and belonging.  Choices that mean those in Oasis’ care assume the power to take positive and constructive control over relationships, in the world they live in and their role within it.  Choices that enable children with a very poor school record to achieve previously never imagined success in secondary and tertiary education and to live a life that offers safety and belonging, not fear and despair.

The  High Need Outreach service is fundamental to addressing these issues – by identifying where problems exist and what actions and solutions are required to avoid potential catastrophic consequences.

Background

Mother of 6 children with Mental Health problems (bi-polar), Domestic Violence, Alcohol issues, poor parenting, comes from a broken home herself with no positive role models. All the children were placed on the Child Protection Register, supervised contact remains in place.

Intervention

  • High need family support work and crisis intervention
  • Mother accessing independent counselling at Oasis.
  • Supervision of all the children. Eldest daughter attended the specialised children’s course at Oasis to address the impact of witnessing the domestic violence.
  • Liaising with senior schools regarding ongoing concerns of bullying for the 2 older children.
  • Children 3 & 4 receiving specialised support re behavioural and self esteem and confidence
  • Twin babies attending the Oasis Family centre 3 mornings a week.

Going Forward

Oasis are offering advice and support in addressing the effects of domestic violence on her and her children and ensuring that the six children are kept safe.

Background

Mother of a son aged 5, marriage in Spain has broken down following domestic violence.  Mother and son returned to England and were re-housed at a refuge in Cobham.  Mother has been diagnosed with throat cancer and undergoing treatment, no support network in community, financial problems and low confidence and self esteem.

Intervention 

Helped mother secure a place at school for her son. Helped with clothing and furniture for the home and put in a support network for the family whilst Mum undergoes treatment.

Going forward

  • Ongoing support for family.
  • Mum now in remission from cancer and all clear has been given.  The support network set up aided her through treatment ie. children taken and collected from school, given tea at friends house, shopping and odd jobs all carried out by the community.  Mum attends Oasis for moral support and continues to receive help with clothing and items for the home.
  • Mum is currently receiving treatment for secondary cancer and mother and son are in need of a lot of support during this time.
  • Mother’s treatment has now been completed with poor prognosis. Mother attended the Freedom Programme and now involved with supporting other women suffering from domestic abuse. Supporting mother with food and clothing and independent counselling through Oasis.

Mother’s health has improved and she volunteers once a week at Oasis.

Background

Mother with a child with severe disability, another child with severe hearing loss and a younger sibling. Mother under the care of the Mental Health Team following a breakdown.

Going forward

  • Mother accessing independent counselling at Oasis
  • Family visited at home weekly for ongoing support.
  • Supporting the parents in securing specialised education and support for the 2 older children.
  • Two older children accessed the Fun Friends Programme at Oasis.
  • Mother attended the parenting course at oasis.

Background

Young mother with 2 children – victim of domestic abuse.

Intervention

Youngest daughter attends the Oasis FEET programme and mother accessing support from the Young Parents Group.

Going Forward

Ongoing support. Mother referred for DA support and mental health assessment.

Background

Young mother of one pregnant with second child. History of domestic abuse, mother victim of sexual abuse as a child. Marriage of 7 months broken down.

Intervention

Mother accessing the Young Parents course, Freedom Programme in April, child attending the Oasis crèche 3 mornings a week.

Going Forward

Attending Freedom Programme in April 2013 and ongoing support. Mother has now had second child –and will be part of the Young Parents Group in September.

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