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Become an Oasis Trustee and join our movement to build stronger communities.

  • Location: Nationwide
  • Salary: Voluntary
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Who we are

Welcome to Oasis: Building stronger communities

Oasis works nationally and in local neighbourhoods to build stronger communities. For almost 40 years we have pioneered housing, education, youth, health, church and community work that has promoted inclusion, built opportunity, and created social change.

At the core of the Oasis vision is a resolute belief in the transformative power of community. We envision a place where every individual is not just included but actively contributes to and realises their God-given potential. This vision is grounded in the understanding that inequality permeates all aspects of life, particularly in communities facing disadvantage.

Currently, in the UK, we work alongside people in 40 neighbourhoods. We believe that a better world is possible, using imaginative and innovative approaches that put their trust in people and families who know their communities better than anyone. We encourage friendship, a sense of belonging, and community cohesion. We work together to tackle poverty, exclusion, and the other barriers that hold back too many families and communities. We do this by being rooted in local neighbourhoods and putting our belief into practice – running schools, housing projects, community hubs, family support services, and youth work. Oasis is made up of thousands of people – children and young people, families, adults, students, our staff and volunteers – working together to build stronger communities.

Oasis is also pioneering new approaches where current systems are failing and excluding people and communities. We are developing new therapeutic ways to reduce youth violence, homelessness, human trafficking, and to tackle school exclusion. In 2024 we will open England’s first ‘secure school’, Oasis Restore, turning around the lives of children in the youth justice system.

About our local neighbourhood model

In local neighbourhoods, we work through ‘Oasis Hubs’ which provide wide-ranging and integrated services, shaped and led by local people and local contexts, and designed to meet the breadth of human needs.

As well as schools and some churches, we run everything from debt advice to job clubs, football teams, social supermarkets, counselling services, community drop-ins, youth clubs and much more.

We aim to work in an integrated and holistic way.

We do this because we have learnt that separate, non-integrated “solutions” often fail to achieve lasting change.

High-quality, trauma-informed care and an aspirational education offer are critical elements of our multi-disciplinary work that serves over 60,000 children, young adults and their families.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking Christ-centred trustees to join our boards.

Due to the breadth of our work in the UK, Oasis has developed a family of charities that provide specialist and in-depth oversight and governance for the specific elements of work.

The Oasis Charitable Trust is the overall parent charity that brings all this expertise together to ensure that we are achieving our whole vision of building stronger communities.

Our education

  • Oasis Community Learning – providing education at the heart of community, serving over 32,000 children and young people through our 54 academies

Our children’s/ youth/ community work

  • Oasis Community Partnerships – developing innovative children’s, youth, and community work, designed to build stronger neighbourhoods

Our homelessness work

  • Oasis Community Housing – addressing the immediate and root causes of homelessness through a range of expert housing and homelessness interventions

Our secure education

  • Oasis Restore – establishing England’s first secure academy trust – an innovative, new model of care for young people in the youth custody estate

Our anti-human trafficking work

  • Stop The Traffik – preventing human trafficking in communities around the world

While we are searching for Oasis Trustees broadly across the whole Oasis family, we are particularly looking for those people who can support us by serving on both the main Oasis Charitable Trust board and on the Oasis Community Learning board as follows:

Oasis Charitable Trust

 Trustees who:

  • have a vision and passion for holistic community transformation, driven by our Christ-centred ethos
  • have capacity to spend time in our communities through the year, supporting the Group CEO to connect with our staff and key community leaders
  • have strategic, organisational, people leadership experience
  • can support us to manage growth, innovation, and business development
  • are from a broad range of backgrounds – we are seeking to develop a more diverse board in terms of ethnicity and the areas of the country that we represent

Oasis Community Learning

 Are seeking to recruit an additional four Trustees who:

  • have significant educational leadership experience (particularly, in primary and secondary education)
  • have a vision to help shape our approach to education, which is shaped by our Christ-centred vision and ethos
  • have time and capacity to scrutinise, challenge, and support our executive as we enter a new phase of strategic development.

We would also welcome applications from a broad range of professional backgrounds outside of the education sector, for example, those with experience in legal or commercial property development.

We are also seeking to increase the diversity on our Board both in terms of gender and ethnicity but also to ensure that our Trustees are representative of the areas of the country that we work in.

Download the Oasis Community Learning Role Description and Person Specification

Role of a Trustee

Oasis Trustees play a pivotal role in the effective governance of their respective charities, holding ultimate responsibility and accountability for their actions and decisions. All those elected or appointed to boards should fulfil their duties in line with the seven principles of public life (the Nolan principles). They should also be mindful of their responsibilities under equality legislation, recognising and encouraging diversity and inclusion.

Trustees are responsible for ensuring that their organisation is compliant with appropriate regulatory bodies, (such as the Charity Commission, ESFA and the Department for Education), safeguarding its assets and resources responsibly.

Non-executive directors are subject to company legislation and are obliged to:

  • act within their powers (for example in accordance with the company constitution and any agreements with the regulator),
  • promote the success of the trust,
  • exercise independent judgment,
  • exercise reasonable skill, care and diligence,
  • avoid conflicts of interest,
  • not to accept benefits from third parties,
  • declare any interest in transactions.

Beyond your fiduciary duties as a Trustee and your Directors’ duties as per the Companies Act 2006, you will be a custodian of our Christ-centred ethos, ensuring that our leaders embody our purpose for the public benefit.

Peridot Partners and Oasis UK are, together, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and our client expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references before any final offer can be made.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Eddie Caviezel Cox | eddiec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 920768

Chloe Cox| chloe@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07539 386980

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Eddie Caviezel Cox

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Welcome from the founder of Oasis

Welcome from the Chair of the Board

As Chair of the OCL Board of Trustees, I am delighted to introduce you to this opportunity to become a Trustee of one of the UK’s largest and most innovative education organisations.

Oasis was founded nearly 40 years ago, and it is has grown into an incredible team of highly talented and committed people working to build stronger communities. Together, Oasis provide housing, education, healthcare, secure education, children’s and youth work, family support, as well as countless other community-building initiatives around the country, recognising that healthy relationships, a sense of belonging, and holistic support are crucial to individual and community flourishing.

Education has always been at the heart of our work. This is why, in 2004, we established Oasis Community Learning – the innovative part of the Oasis family that is now responsible for delivering exceptional education through our 54 academies.

Our vision is that every young person in our academies reaches their God-given potential, no matter their starting point, and leaves us with a fulfilling and hopeful future ahead of them.

As a Trustee you will be joining OCL at a critical time in our development, as we seek to push the boundaries of what it means to be an inclusive education provider running schools in 21st Century Britain – delivering education that is marked by:

  1. inclusivity, breadth, and quality opportunities
  2. character, formation, and virtues
  3. a restorative and loving approach
  4. a holistic and community-centred outlook

We are keen to welcome applications from a broad range of backgrounds and contexts, and we are looking for Trustees who will champion and fully embrace the Christ-centred ethos of Oasis.

There remains much to do to realise our vision, but we are motivated by the challenge and opportunity that lies ahead of us. We hope you will be inspired to join us on this exciting journey and look forward to receiving your application.

Kind regards,

Caroline Taylor OBE
Chair of the Board Oasis Community Learning

Oasis Community Learning (OCL)

Oasis Community Learning was established as a Multi-Academy Trust in 2004, with a focus on creating “Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community.”

We operate academies across 21 local authorities within the UK, delivering Primary, Secondary, or all-through education to over 32,500 young people, of whom 49% come from disadvantaged backgrounds and 35% speak English as an additional language. We are the largest of the Oasis subsidiaries.

Every academy within the Oasis Community Learning family benefits from the interconnectivity and shared practice of being part of a national family of 54 academies. Our academies are unwavering in their commitment to providing a comprehensive educational experience, ensuring every child and young person has the opportunity to achieve at the highest level.

The ethos we uphold is intrinsic to this provision, acting as an articulation of our character and a lens through which we evaluate all our endeavours.

Our dedication revolves around a model promoting inclusion, equality, healthy relationships, hope, and perseverance, ingrained in every facet of life and culture within each academy community. This is made clear through both our Education Charter and the Oasis Way.

Oasis Community Learning ardently embraces the pursuit of knowledge and is devoted to aiding every child within our care in reaching their full potential, nurturing holistic development across all aspects of their lives. This commitment is supported by our educational philosophy, spotlighting inspirational leadership, profound learning, and the cultivation of healthy communities. Our goal is to develop the character and competence of every child within each community associated with Oasis.

At Oasis Community Learning, we view everyone as ‘the architects of our students’ lives,’ and we are committed to laying the right foundations for each young person. Recognising the importance of sustainable and flourishing communities, we acknowledge that outstanding schools can only exist within happy and healthy community contexts.

To address the root causes of disadvantage, we ensure that school improvement and community development progress hand in hand, fostering a deeper, mutually supportive, and enduring improvement.

Oasis Hubs

We know that great schools are only sustainable within happy and healthy communities. In order to tackle the root causes of disadvantage, we seek to ensure that school improvement and community development go hand-in-hand. In this way, the improvement is likely to be deeper, mutually supporting and long lasting.

Our academies are therefore a part of an Oasis ‘Hub’ that provides wide-ranging and integrated services, designed to meet the needs of local people. Our shared aim is to work with and alongside disadvantaged children, young people, whole families and members of the wider community, empowering them to transform their neighbourhoods into places that are safe, supportive and full of opportunity.

We want to seeno one excluded or isolated,inclusive communities where every individualis supportedto thrive and flourish.

Oasis Community Housing (OCH) operates on a philosophy of prevention and intervention across North East England and South London, through four cornerstone services:

  • Providing holistic support and early morning outreach for those rough sleeping,
  • Supplying round-the-clock, supported crisis housing for individuals leaving care, young mothers, and those escaping domestic abuse,
  • Supporting victims of domestic abuse, offering practical and emotional support,
  • Supporting people on the brink of homelessness through financial challenges, including the provision of training and upskilling workshops.
More information about Oasis Community Housing

Oasis Community Partnerships (OCP) operates across the whole of Oasis, bringing together education, community, youth and children’s work and housing.

By being immersed in local communities, Oasis adopts a holistic approach to address the unique challenge of each neighbourhood. Our hub model encourages collaborative efforts to tackle structural injustice and inequality and implements a wide range of initiatives including community farms, playgroups, community centres, additional educational opportunities, job training, debt advice, and English lessons.

Addressing food insecurity, Oasis runs various food projects for families on low incomes, such as community fridges, food banks, holiday hunger and promoting healthier eating.

We also focus on trying to address the gap in youth mental health provision, offering early intervention support through the Talk It Out programme.

More information about Oasis Community Partnerships

Oasis Restore (OR) aims to revolutionise care for young people in custody, focusing on education, healthcare, and physical activity to facilitate rehabilitation and empower individuals to lead positive lives post-offense. Oasis Restore is set to open in early 2024 and will cater for 49 young people aged 12 -18, sentenced or remanded to custody.

Our focus is on restoration and reintegration into society. Oasis Restore seeks to be a safe environment with a holistic and integrated approach to education, care and health which will improve the life chances of some of the country’s most vulnerable young people

More information about Oasis Restore

Stop the Traffik (STT) works to prevent human trafficking. Building on almost 20 years of experience and expertise, we:

  • partner with leading financial institutions, supporting them to find and squash laundered MSHT profits through their systems,
  • provide bespoke business consultancy that holds million-pound corporations to account, giving them the tools to spot and eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains,
  • launch geo-targeted social media campaigns informing at-risk groups how to spot the signs of trafficking, where to report it and offering legitimate alternative recruitment pathways to vulnerable, hard-to-reach communities.

In the last two years, we have reached almost two million people in the UK that our data identified as being at risk of trafficking.

More information about Stop The Traffik

Accessibility

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs, and have made some modifications to the way we do business in order to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities.

We offer the following amenities:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Further information

  • All Oasis sites are adapted to maximise accessibility.
  • We currently do not publish EDI statistics, but we are passionate about diversity and inclusion.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Eddie Caviezel Cox | eddiec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 920768

Chloe Cox| chloe@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07539 386980

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    Thank you for your interest in this role. Please download the Trustee Application Form.

    To formally apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (ideally maximum 2 sides of A4 each) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification, including your interest and motivation in applying for this position.

    Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Oasis UK – Trustees” into the subject field.

    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Eddie Caviezel Cox | eddiec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 920768

    Chloe Cox| chloe@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07539 386980

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 22nd January 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Wednesday 31st January 2024
    Informal phone calls with CEO and visits to Oasis sites: Thursday 1st February – Monday 19th February 2024
    Interviews: Thursday 22nd February 2024


    Equal Opportunities Monitoring

    Peridot and Oasis UK are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We will send you an equality monitoring survey at the point of receiving your application, in the interview phase and at the time of placement. This ensures that our processes remain inclusive and equitable throughout, and provides us with important data to help us showcase our impact. The information will be treated confidentially and anonymously and will help us to support our commitment to fair recruitment practice. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone, in line with the new Data Protection Act 2018 launched on 25 May 2018. The information provided does not form part of the decision-making process and will not affect your application.


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