The Oasis Community Project Charity (No. 1159713) was established in 2014 to promote and extend community engagement / support activities to the Cynon Valley communities.
Driven by the members of the Oasis Church community, the charity has a focus on identifying and meeting the needs of all residents within the area of benefit. The Oasis Community Project, formally known as Hope Community Project has its roots grounded into the history of the Cynon valley with links to the inception of the Trecynon Fellowship back in 1910.
The organisation has a very experienced board of trustees with skills and specialism ranging from administration, finance and project management to Pastoral Care and Community and Social Welfare. The board of trustees have assembled a team that is capable of conceiving and delivering a project that the Cynon valley will benefit from and be proud of.
Past and current governments have recognised the valid contribution that ‘faith based groups’ make within their communities in providing facilities and social activities that help in building resilient communities. However, the need for support interventions is increasing within the Cynon valley and due to the limited community space available locally, the charity is unable to extend its services to all the people in the local community who need it.
In response to the increasing demand, the trustees have secured property to increase capacity and further the aims and objectives of the organisation in meeting local needs. Full Planning Permission has been obtained from Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council for this facility and the trustees are now seeking financial support from the Local Authority, Welsh Government, Charitable Trusts and other bodies to undertake a 4-year phased approach to capital investment to the facility and associated revenue costs.
A detailed needs analysis has been undertaken which has included an analysis of qualitative and quantitative data on the communities being targeted, desk research on good practice and consultation with community members. The Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD) is the Welsh Government’s official measure of relative deprivation for small areas in Wales. This data shows that the area being covered by the Oasis Community project has some of the most deprived communities in Wales. Evidence from partner specialist organisations indicate that there continues to be a growing trend of young families who require the support in addressing their social, spiritual and practical needs.
With the introduction of the Social Services and Well-being Act in 2014 and the Future Generations Bill (2015), there is an expectation that the needs of an ageing population will have to be met through a partnership approach between statutory services such as Social Services / Health, the 3rd sector including the community groups such as the Oasis Community Project. The proposed extension to the capacity of the Oasis Community Project fully underpins and will contribute to national, regional and local programmes and priorities.