Cafe an oasis in Waitangirua
Waitangirua’s new Oasis Community Cafe/Centre volunteers are in it for the long haul.
Josephine Olsen set up the centre at the back of Waitangirua Mall last November and is looking forward to many years helping the community.
She said the space provided a free service where people could come for care, support and advocacy, as well as help with CVs and the Road Code.
Olsen created the Oasis Community Cafe Trust in 2001.
The drop-in centre was initially sited in Wainuiomata before it moved to Wellington, where it was based for 10 years.
‘‘We really felt like this was the right place to go after Wellington, because there is a high need here,’’ she said.
‘‘There was a real need for a drop-in centre within this area, a place that people can call their own, a place where they can meet.’’
Olsen said there were eight members of the committee, plus a board, from a range of cultural backgrounds. That ensured everyone in the community could be helped appropriately.
Volunteer Pusa Finau is an advocate for the disabled community.
‘‘He’s really got a heart for his people, who he feels aren’t being listened to.’’
Finau is about to begin a disabilities group that will meet at the community centre to socialise.
Oasis will this month work towards becoming more visible within the community with pamphlet drops, new initiatives and a stall at the Porirua Saturday Market.
‘‘Our mission is to develop programmes and activities to enhance people’s lives,’’ he said.
‘‘The whole purpose of our work is to change people’s lives for the better. That’s our vision.’’
The Oasis Centre, at the back of Waitangirua Mall, is open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 10am till 2pm.
Anyone is welcome to pop in for a cup of tea or coffee and a friendly chat. To hire the facility or to volunteer, contact Josephine on 0273674453 or josie_d_ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pusa Finau and Josephine Olsen outside the Oasis Community Cafe/Centre in Waitangirua.