Someone to 'Love'...
Our Mission is to help the ex-ADF community connect with each other
and with the Townsville community,
not find you a partner, sorry!
The Old Team
Some refer to PTSD as 'Post Team Separation Disorder'. Most of us feel like we left behind some of our best mates when we leave the ADF. So at The Oasis Townsville we've created a place for teams / associations / random gatherings to meet. And we've included a coffee shop. We have meeting rooms in the form of two huts that can accommodate about 30 in different configurations and a bigger hut (2 joined together) that can accommodate upto 100. There is a Veterans' Lounge for sitting around the kitchen table or relaxing and reading using the free WiFi, or just having a brew with a mate. We've got little rooms for counselling or a private phone conversation or just time out. Bottom line is, it's about making it easy for mates and families to get together.
But the other thing we are keen to promote is volunteering.
Good reads for understanding Volunteering
Some interesting articles, worth a scan:
Volunteering creates a connection and sense of belonging to a community. It provides meaning, along with opportunities to learn and grow intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. It can provide opportunities to meet new people, have new experiences, and gain new confidence. For some, it opens up the opportunity to contribute to solutions, make change, or pursue dreams. All of these elements are fertile ground for personal transformation.
There are a number of different forms of volunteering we'll establish:
Wellbeing Navigators - these are our most important volunteers who will undergo the training and qualify in the Advocacy Training Development Program (ATDP). A Wellbeing Navigator will work through the domains for wellbeing and help craft a comprehensive plan to support integration into the Townsville Community. See what that involves here.
Oasis Champions League - in support of our advocates we will also create a 'Champions League' which will largely remain dormant until we find a veteran who needs a little help understanding what The Oasis Townsville can do for them and / or coordinating the multiple activities necessary to manage the entire 'move forward' plan for that individual. We'll pair the veteran who could do with a bit of help with Champion who is likely to be compatible. We'll ask both individuals to meet over a coffee and work out if the arrangement is acceptable and suitable. No qualifications needed, just a sympathetic ear and a clear head. This sort of volunteering task is likely to entail little more than a coffee or a phone call a week.
Hub Ops Team - running The Oasis Townsville will involve volunteers on a day-to-day basis. This group comprises the Core Team who are regular attenders and have a particular function; and others who support them in making things happen by teaching, organising, and supporting.
Event and Casual Supporters. This is for the on-call volunteers, less regular but for a specific period for a specific event or function.
Support to Named Operations / Projects - these are specific named activities conducted by The Oasis Townsville, such as Operation FARMER ASSIST which involves expeditions of groups of 10 - 12 volunteers to assist farmers in western Queensland.