Oasis Community Centre

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THERE have been several reports in the press about Cambridgeshire County Council’s decision to go to consultation over the future of Oasis Nursery in Wisbech.

Even though it has been stated in articles about the Oasis Nursery consultations that this doesn’t affect the Oasis Community Centre, some may think the Community Centre is run by Cambridgeshire County Council.

We would like to point out that this is not the case. The Oasis Community Centre is owned and run by a charitable Trust called Wisbech Community Development Trust (WCDT) and has been since the Centre opened in March 2005.

The Trust is made up of nine local residents and one representative from NHS, Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC), Fenland District Council (FDC) and College of West Anglia (COWA), giving a total of 13 members.

The WCDT Trust would also like to stress that they do not have any involvement in the running of the Nursery or Children Centre. We do, however, hire out rooms to CCC for them to enable them to run a Children Centre and Nursery.

Most of the income for the Trust comes from hiring out our rooms and the rest comes from grants that the Community Centre Manager applies for.

These grants are to put on various learning and group activities, which the community has highlighted as a need.

Grants are also used to put on family fun days, like the recent Halloween event.

Some members of the community are under the impression that we maybe in financial difficulties and again this is untrue.

We are suffering in the same way that everyone in this current economic climate and that is because some of the users of the centre have had their funding cut, which has meant that they can no longer hold their group sessions in the community.

But we have been lucky enough to pick up new groups and we hope that this will continue to be the case.

WISBECH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST