Our story – How we came to be…
Oasis began as a concept of Neil McNaughton who alongside others, noted the gap in the provision of advocacy services within the Hutt Valley area. These consumers became known as the working committee who formed in 2000 to become the Hutt Valley Services Steering Group. These people included ex-Wellington Mental Health Consumers Union Manager Mike Sukolski, Anne Stidworthy, Gary Platz, Donald Gaudin – Consumer Advisor Q-nique and Beatrice McNaughton.
Oasis needed an umbrella organisation to take responsibility for it and Second Chance Enterprises stood up to the challenge. When a contract for Peer Support and Advocacy was secured, Oasis opened the doors in 2002 where Peer Workers volunteered their time and worked in pairs.
The organisation continued to grow and evolve and In 2008, left the umbrella of Second Chance Enterprises to achieve their dream of independence. Since then, Oasis has undergone more changes to better meet the needs of members, we now provide peer support, advocacy, education and emergency housing services to people in the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. We are proud to have been part of the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa communities for almost twenty years.
Our Services – The Recovery Approach
Our Service is underpinned by recovery principles.
We have adopted the 6 key recovery principles provided by our funders. These were defined from a variety of sources (MHC 1998, Onken 2002, Anthony 2000) which attempt to capture the essence of the recovery approach:
Hope, individual uniqueness, respect, responsibility, developing a sense of meaning
A liveable income, safe and decent housing, healthcare and transportation
Being connected with others in mutually supportive and beneficial ways
Engaging in meaningful activities that connect one to the community
Self-determining services, users gaining power and control over their lives through access to meaningful activities that connect one to the community
Best Practice Culture
Services based on best practice have positive, open culture that encourages ongoing training and development for their staff and service users