A centre for refugees and asylum seekers in Cardiff is appealing for pro bono support from local businesses to help them continue to provide vital services
Oasis, which is based in a former Methodist church in the Splott area of Cardiff, opens its doors every day to more than 100 regular users.
The centre, which has nine part-time staff, relies heavily on volunteers to provide meals, clothing, language classes, advice and a range of recreational activities aimed at helping people settle and integrate.
“Our team is working with Oasis on a pro bono basis, and we would urge other businesses to join us by helping in some way,” said Steve Howell, chief executive of Freshwater.
“I understand the pressures on small businesses and the limited resources they have to support worthy causes, but the need here is urgent and any assistance will be hugely appreciated. Whether it’s a small one-off project or a modest ongoing commitment, every little really does help.”
The types of assistance Oasis is looking for include:
“We already get some fantastic support from local businesses and university students and lecturers,” said Reynette Roberts, the centre’s director.
“Nando and KFC provide us with food regularly and staff from Lloyds and Legal & General Staff have come in to help in various ways, such as with tidying up the garden and play area.
“There’s no end of things people and businesses can do to help. The list we have given Freshwater is just some of the most urgent and important types of support we need, but we’d be pleased to hear from anyone who has something to offer.”
Set up in 2008, Oasis helps refugees and asylum seekers from many countries such as Syria, Eritrea, Sudan, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, Albania, Libya and Iraq. Some have just arrived in Cardiff, others have been in the city longer. The centre receives some grants, but it relies mainly on local fund-raising, pro bono support and volunteers.
“Anyone who can help in any way should contact Jamie-Lee Cole at Freshwater, who will take your details and pass them on to Oasis,” said Steve Howell.
“Freshwater will be helping Oasis to organise a business open day in the new year, but please do not delay offering whatever support you can – it’s needed as soon as possible.”
Businesses willing to help should contact Jamie-Lee Cole on 02920 545370 or via firstname.lastname@example.org who will take your details and pass them on to Oasis.
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