Two charities join forces to fight homelessness
Aquila Way and Oasis to form Oasis Aquila Housing
The fight against homelessness is about to reach new levels, as two major charities join forces to provide integrated and effective housing services to vulnerable people across the country.
On 1st April, Aquila Way, one of the largest providers of services to homeless people in the North East of England shall officially merge with the housing arm of community charity, Oasis to form Oasis Aquila Housing. Oasis Aquila Housing will officially become part of the Oasis family of charities and be based in Gateshead, Aquila’s current location.
Oasis works in 36 communities across the UK in areas as diverse as Grimsby to Southampton, providing a range of joined up community services including academies, foodbanks and debt advice centres, as well as youth housing projects in Peckham and Croydon.
By partnering with Aquila, the charity will gain the necessary expertise, knowledge and experience to further develop housing projects to support its communities across the country and will strive to take a lead in the provision of good affordable social housing. Aquila – which has been pioneering effective housing projects in Gateshead since 1984 – will be in a position to increase their reach and influence across the country to help meet the housing needs of a huge range of people, as well as gaining additional support for their existing projects.
Nancy Doyle, CEO of Aquila Way says, ““Oasis and Aquila have been friends for a number of years sharing expertise and best practise. As time went on, it became more and more apparent that we would be stronger together rather than as two separate organisations. With both charities sharing a Christian foundation, we are excited about the extra scope and scale this partnership will give Aquila to fulfil its mission of serving people and communities from emergency to independence.”
Steve Chalke, Founder of Oasis says, “We are really excited about welcoming the entire Aquila team to the Oasis family with open arms. We share a commitment to helping the most vulnerable in our society, and the expertise, wisdom and experience that they will bring to our communities will play a crucial role in strengthening neighbourhoods and providing vital support for people.”
Aquila Way has been delivering effective housing projects in Gateshead since 1984. Their current activities include:
Elizabeth House: Vulnerable Young Mums – 24 hour supported housing for vulnerable young mums or soon to be mothers and their early years children
Naomi Project: Young Women At Risk – 24 hour supported housing for young women at risk – A shared house for 8 young women with move on spaces in shared accommodation.
Karis Project: Vulnerable Families – A portfolio of supported properties for vulnerable families, on a core and cluster support model.
Basis: Street Homelessness – Serving rough sleepers and vulnerably housed people –The No Second Night Out provision for Gateshead, further supported by a detached team of support workers a range of services for those in housing crisis.
Aquila Bond Scheme: Single Homeless – A referral and bond guarantee scheme for non-priority single homeless, pioneering a Sharing Solutions project in the private rented sector.
AMP: Ex- Offenders and Complex Needs – A mentoring project delivering holistic support to address re-offending, accommodation and employment for those leaving prison.
Aquila Way is part of the Newcastle and Gateshead Fulfilling Lives core partnership, Talent Match North East and Gateshead Families.
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