What is The Oasis Townsville?
It's a place for members of the ex-ADF community in Townsville to go to find how they can best transition, connect and integrate into the Townsville Community.
Who is included in the ex-ADF community?
Anyone who has served for one day in the ADF and has either transitioned out of the ADF or is thinking about transitioning out of the ADF; and their partners and their families.
Who can access the services offered by The Oasis Townsville?
Anyone who is serving in the ADF and is thinking about transitioning out; and those who have served in the ADF and are now out of the ADF; and their partners and children.
Who is welcome at The Oasis Townsville?
All members of the ex-ADF community (which includes current serving members of the ADF and their partners/spouse and children, and veterans of the ADF and their partners/spouse and children) and their good friends who help them be an integral part of the Townsville community. We'd also love to welcome those people who are strong supporters of the ex-ADF community and provide for our operations in any way. We also welcome those who live in our local neighbourhood, The Village in Oonoonba, who are welcome to utilise our coffee shop.
What is the primary function of The Oasis Townsville?
A concierge service, directing members of our community to the best services in Townsville to fulfil the following needs:
good mental health
good physical health
strong social connections
suitable education and skills
respect and recognition
This framework is our adaptation of the AIHW Wellbeing Domains, as adapted by DVA with additions from DCO (Defence) reportedly from WHO Humans Security Framework, and the emerging framework of the Joint Transition Authority.
What services does The Oasis Townsville offer?
help with planning for transitioning out of the ADF
help with connecting and integrating into civvy street in Townsville
compensation advocacy for claims with DVA
support with space for associations and other veterans gatherings, with a coffee shop
support to find a suitable assistance dog and with the training and certification
assistance to groups of veterans and / or partners who have a hobby and want a little help to coordinate and perhaps a place to gather and do it
How do the ESOs located in Townsville relate to The Oasis Townsville?
Townsville is blessed with many excellent Ex-Service Organisations (ESOs) who provide many of the services needed by members of the ex-ADF community. The Oasis Townsville will in the fist instance refer members of the ex-ADF community to relevant and appropriate ESOs. The desire for a single entry point to the ESO community has long been a desire of that community and it is the intent of The Oasis Townsville to fulfil that function.
How does The Oasis Townsville raise money to deliver services and activities?
Funding comes from the generosity of the public and socially responsible organisations as sponsors and donors. The Oasis Townsville is an ACNC 'Registered Charity'. For specific activities or capabilities we also apply for appropriate grants.
Where is The Oasis Townsville?
Since November 2018, we've been located at 143 Walker Street (Blue Entrance just outside the foyer on ground floor). By second half of 2020 we will move to The Village to a purpose built facility funded by the State and Federal Governments. The new Oasis is at 20 Darter Street in Oonoonba. We hope to change the address to 1 Staging Camp Road before we occupy!
Who runs The Oasis Townsville?
Volunteers only at this stage, but as operations become bigger we will need to employ some support, on a part time basis initially, fund raising permitting.
Is there a Facebook site too?