The salvation army oasis support network

Mission

The Oasis Youth Support Network is The Salvation Army’s major response to youth homelessness in Australia. The organisation provides a place of safety and care where, through compassion and skillful intervention, troubled young people find refuge and hope to achieve dreams and potential.

Located in Surry Hills, Oasis provides over 25 cutting edge programs that offer critical points of intervention and support for homeless and disadvantaged young people between 16 and 24 years of age.

These holistic and life changing support services include; case management, counselling, crisis and transitional accommodation, legal support, accredited workplace training, education and vocational opportunities, specialist intervention services and multimedia training. On any given night, Oasis also helps to accommodate and feed more than 100 homeless young people.

To show your support for Oasis, you can make a donation here

NEWINGTON’S INVOLVEMENT

Both Kelynack and Johnstone Houses support the Oasis Youth Support Network and are involved in different initiatives to help raise awareness and much needed funds for their programs. Annual activities include the Red Shield Appeal, Year 11 boys visiting the Crisis Centre in Surry Hills, Oasis T-Shirt design competition and helping pack goodie bags for Carols by Candlelight, Oasis’ greatest single fundraising event.

Boys have also been involved in the Couch Surfing project, a fundraising and awareness campaign which aims to combat youth homelessness through raising awareness of youth couch surfing. In previous years students in Years 10 and 11 have run the project at Newington and have  visited the Couch Surfing “cube” located at Circular Quay.

Boys in both Kelynack and Johnstone Houses have been involved in the annual ‘Sleep Rough’ whereby they spend a night sleeping outside to raise funds and a better understanding of the plight of Australia’s homeless youth.

Senior students have also been involved in a Getting Skilled for Work Program whereby the College hosts young people who are in the process of entering the workforce. Senior students have the opportunity to interact with these young people and gain a deeper understanding of their circumstances and the issues that some young people face in their lives.