The City of Wolverhampton’s Council new Oasis Co-Production Hub, for children and young people who are in or leaving care, was officially opened yesterday (Wednesday 24 August, 2022).

The Oasis, on Willenhall Road, is the main base for the city’s House Project, a partnership between the council, Wolverhampton Homes, the National House Project and commercial partner Reconomy which supports young care leavers make the transition to independent living.

The hub also provides a calm and tranquil space in which young people, supported by a team of dedicated staff, can develop their skills and become involved in one of the city’s many youth voice forums, including the #YES (Youth Engagement Strategy) Board, Youth Council, Children in Care Council, Care Leavers Independent Collective, HY5 and the Culture and Diversity Forum.

In addition, the Oasis is home to the Reach Café, providing a perfect place for those leaving care to meet with friends and get support from their Young Person's Advisor. Staff will be on hand to help care leavers with their relationships, finances, education, training and employment and housing needs.

The Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE, said: “I was delighted to officially open the Oasis Co-Production Hub. 

“One of our main aims in Wolverhampton is to ensure our children and young people have the best start in life, particularly those who are in care or leaving care, and the help and support that is on offer at the Oasis forms a key part of this.

“Much of the work that is done here is about making sure our young people have a voice and I am pleased to say that the name Oasis and much of the design of the branding has been selected by the young people themselves.”

Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, the council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added: “The Oasis Co-Production Hub is a one stop shop providing help, support and a place of peace and tranquillity where children and young people feel they can have a say and influence the services they receive.

“It’s the perfect environment to build relationships and work together to give our young people the best start in life. 

“I am thrilled that is now officially opened and I look forward to hearing more about how its working as we move forward.”

The Oasis Hub has been developed with the help of Wolverhampton Homes and the National Lottery Headstart Programme, which supports the work of #YES.