Leading offender rehabilitation charity Lincolnshire Action Trust is welcoming new colleagues from the families’ drug and alcohol support service OASIS, following a merger.
Based on Greetwell Road in Lincoln, OASIS was established in 2000 by two families who turned to one another for advice when they realised there was no provision in place to support the relatives of drug addicts and alcoholics.
From humble beginnings the charity soon gained momentum and even featured as the Lincolnshire Echo’s 2003 Charity of the Year, receiving £15,000 to pay for its first office on Mint Street.
Lincolnshire Action Trust (LAT), also established in 2000, works with a variety of agencies within the criminal justice system to reduce reoffending through increased employability and skills training.
In recent years LAT has signposted families of offenders to OASIS for support and guidance. The working relationship between the two organisations has grown and in November 2015 talks on a merger began.
The four specialist practitioners from OASIS have now formally joined the LAT team and will continue to deliver their professional services to families in the Lincolnshire area.
Alison Goddard, LAT Chief Executive, said:
Lincolnshire Action Trust aims to aid resettlement and rehabilitation for those within and leaving the prison system.
Our merger with the team at OASIS will further strengthen our commitment to supporting individuals and families affected by drugs and alcohol misuse.
In the last 12 months OASIS has provided support to more than 150 adults and 100 young people and has conducted 600 one-to-one appointments in Lincolnshire.
OASIS sessions can include topics such as how to limit the impact of an individual on a family as well as providing more details about the treatment and support offered to misusers themselves.
Relatives of substance misusers often need their own outlet. Having someone they can talk to allows them the time and space they need to process the situation and take positive steps to help the family move on with their lives.
I’m pleased to welcome the OASIS team to our organisation and look forward to our future together.
Referrals to the OASIS programme can be on a self-referral basis or come from schools, Children’s Services, GPs. DART, ADDACTION and other organisations OASIS has previously received funding from the Tudor Trust, Children in Need and the NHS. Recent donations have been gratefully received from the Woodhall Spa Bath Trust, Waitrose in Lincoln and the Masons.
Funding is currently received via Lincolnshire County Council from the Public Health department.
If you would like more information about OASIS and its services, please contact Lincolnshire Action Trust on 01522 806611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.