It is important for many of our clients to have the opportunity to integrate into a new life in Cardiff and to discover more about the history and culture of Wales. Oasis runs regular cultural trips and activities for clients ensuring the opportunity to understand and engage with life in Wales! These trips have included visiting Museums, galleries, national heritage sites, sporting events, music festivals, and local community projects.

The Family Integration Project at Oasis Cardiff aims to engage asylum-seeking and refugee families who live in Cardiff through community integration, events, and social activities. We initiated our Welcome to Cardiff Community Integration Program for families in December 2019. These activities rolled into the new year, including outings based on recreational and educational activities for families across Cardiff. The project also offers general support for household needs and signposting to other support services such as health, education, and community support systems.

This project contributes to the profile of Oasis Cardiff as a major charitable organisation in both Cardiff and the UK. Through integration and exposure to different public services, the wider community has the opportunity to meet people from refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds and share stories and experiences. All aspects of community integration are based on the need for equality in society and shared access to what Cardiff has to offer. This, therefore, enhances our community presence whilst improving the quality of life of individuals and families we support, who may otherwise face social isolation or cultural barriers to accessing support, which we aim to diminish in everything we do. 

Some of the activities we have been involved in via partnerships that have been built with key cultural community stakeholders across Cardiff: 

-Sherman Theatre: Winner of the City of Sanctuary Award for Wales, the fantastic team at Sherman Theatre has partnered with Oasis Cardiff to engage and integrate refugee and asylum communities across Cardiff. From theatre tours, volunteering opportunities, and providing free tickets for family and adult shows, Oasis service users have benefited from the Sherman 5 project and increased their knowledge of the arts via an accessible theatre experience. 

   

-Museum of Cardiff: We recently partnered with The Museum of Cardiff for our Refugee Week Storytelling session, whereby people shared their experiences of Cardiff as a migrant community. This allows individuals to have a voice as a member of Cardiff’s heritage for years to come. Our family and asylum integration officer/team have also taken families to their ‘Dinky Dragons’ workshops which run monthly, helping integration from all age perspectives. 

-Cardiff Central Library Hub: We have worked closely with the community engagement team at Cardiff Central Library hub to engage people of all ages in free community activities. These have included RSPB educational sessions, Harry Potter tournament evenings, World Book Day events, and adult drawing workshops. 

   

-St Fagans: Cultural and educational partnerships are also of high importance to us at Oasis Cardiff, we have worked closely with St Fagans to deliver workshops and cultural experiences to asylum and refugee families, increasing knowledge of Wales’ history whilst making long term connections and creating opportunities for families to visit heritage sites independently and without the assistance of Oasis staff. Empowerment to feel safe when accessing activities around the city is at the forefront of what we do. 

   

Other trips and community connections: 

-Boulders Cardiff

-Winter Wonderland

-Cardiff Open-top Bus Tours 

-Techniquest


We are always in need of volunteers to help us organise and facilitate our trips please visit our Volunteer Roles page to find out more.