Lincolnshire (The Oasis)

Lincolnshire (The Oasis)

The Oasis is a safe, calm environment for young people to embark on, with the help of a youth worker, a journey where they self-discover, create pathways and journey together towards a fulfilling future.

What we do

THE OASIS is in essence a social and therapeutic garden.

It is the process of using plants and garden itself to improve physical and mental health.  It is also used to improve communication skills, thinking skills, emotional intelligence and develop character.  THE OASIS is a place that is peaceful and restorative. The garden is a safe and secure place to develop a young person’s ability to mix socially and learn practical skills that help them move into employment or training.

 We currently do this through 3 programmes.

  1. ’Flourishing from the Margins’.  A 5 week programme for school pupils at risk of exclusion.
  2. Journeyman. An individual mentoring programme. A young person can be referred to this programme at any time. The length and duration of their contact with us  is decided together and a set of self chosen targets are worked towards.
  3. Accredited programme. At set intervals throughout the year we run accredited programmes. These are aimed at young people 16+ who are not in any other training provision or employment. In particular we aim to take young people who have struggled in a conventional classroom setting. A young person is able to do one of these programmes on its own or in conjunction with the Journeyman programme.

Our people

Alison Merryman

Branch Leader

Alison joined Worth Unlimited in 2013, founding and leading our Lincolnshire branch. Alison was a social worker, mostly with dependant drug users in prison and the community, before ending her paid career as a manager in the Youth Offending Service. She is fervently impassioned to bring about social justice and healing to young people who have negative life experiences.

Dawn Turnell

Youth Worker

Dawn joined Worth Unlimited Lincolnshire in 2017. She brings to us a wealth of experience, from her university days when she volunteered to teach basic literacy and numeracy to 16 year olds, through to delivering a ‘Gateway to Work’ programme with DWP and then as a tutor with the Youth Offending Service. She remains passionate about helping young people who have previously struggled with education. Her mission is to see them overcome current barriers.

Our wonderful team of volunteer gardeners...

The backbone of THE OASIS is our volunteer team. They help develop the garden and work side by side with our young people.  We have a number of retired individuals who still have a passion for young people and/or gardening, but also university students who are doing relevant courses in one of the social sciences and are looking for some practical experience.

Contact us

Alison Merryman - Branch Director

THE OASIS,
Cherry Fields,
Fiskerton Road,
Cherry Willingham
Lincolnshire

(Note this is not a postal address - please contact us if you need a postal address)

E-mail: lincoln@worthunlimited.co.uk

Tel: 07525 039215