What is Happiness?
The Oasis Townsville model is guided by this famous quote:
"Happiness is pretty simple:
something to do, someone to love, something to look forward to."
The Oasis Townsville considers the spirit of the quote translates to a A Job, A Team and a Plan which are reflected in this model of the 10 Human Needs. What is interesting is how interconnected these 10 Human Needs are. For example, many of the same needs for good mental health are good for physical health or strong social connections.
10 Human Needs
A Job (meaningful engagement) is offered by our Employment Program or in our Volunteer Opportunities Program. We work closely with many organisations involved in the process of getting veterans into either a job with an employer, or into their own business. We are also reliant on volunteers to run the organisation and understand that some veterans can not work but are still looking for 'something to do', especially if that involves helping their brothers and sisters in arms. Our Volunteer Opportunities Program does that too.
A Team (social connections) is offered in a number of ways. We acknowledge there are many "teams" in Townsville in the form of associations and clubs. Many veterans belong to one or more of these. We recognise that some of these associations often have difficulty finding an appropriate place to meet. We offer a 'veterans lounge'; two huts that will accommodate 30 seated in theatre style or 20 around tables in discussion format; a large conference centre that will seat 80 in theatre style or 45 around tables in discussion format; and several small meeting rooms for teleconferencing, one-on-one discussions or just a bit of time-out to read a book or listen to music.
A Plan (a 10 point plan covering all of the Needs and the interconnections between them) is offered to those who seek support from our Wellbeing Program. Wellbeing Navigators will step through the 10 Human Needs with the veteran and his/her family to ensure each need is addressed and particularly the connections between them. We will refer to our growing Service Directory to refer to services best conducted by others in the Townsville Community, and where appropriate will refer into the programs of The Oasis Townsville.