On 14th October 2011 The Oasis Centre celebrated 15 years of counselling in the North Inner City, Seville Place at the Mansion House, Dublin.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Andrew Montague, opened the celebration. He acknowledged the great work done in the Oasis Centre and congratulated all those involved on their achievement.
Over 80 people attended the event. Maureen O’Sullivan TD (Independent) for Dublin Central and a Board Member of The Oasis Centre addressed those present. She spoke highly of the work done by the Religious Sisters of Charity in Seville Place for the past 130 years and also about the work done by the Sisters throughout Ireland and abroad. Mel MacGiobúin, coordinator of the North Inner City Drugs Task Force, spoke about the centre and in particular about Deora Counselling. He explained that DEORA COUNSELLING is a specialised counselling and crisis intervention service working with bereavement, addiction and suicide. Direct services include individual, group, outreach/drop-in counselling, crisis intervention, ASIST training, assessment and consultation. Geraldine Byrne rsc, Director of the Centre spoke on behalf of all the people who had contributed to the development and the success of the centre. Long service awards were presented to those who had worked or supported The Oasis Centre for the past 10 years or more. The new website was launched and those present at the event had the opportunity to view it. Click HERE to view it. Lunch was served and the people present had an opportunity to greet each other and have a chat.
The Oasis Centre provides a professional counselling and therapy service to individuals, couples and groups facing issues of a personal or professional nature. The Oasis Centre was established in 1996 by the Religious Sisters of Charity to offer an “Oasis” to the North Inner City. The Oasis Centre incorporates Deora Counselling – a high intensity crisis intervention counselling service which specializes in bereavement, complicated grief, addiction and suicide intervention and the Oasis Mindfulness Clinic which facilitates mindfulness-based training and treatment approaches. The centre aims to foster an environment which promotes accessible and affordable counselling which is person-centred and creates an atmosphere of trust, respect, encouragement and integration.
The Oasis Centre would like to thank all our service users, the agencies and projects in the North Inner City who have availed of our service over the last fifteen years. We would like to acknowledge the commitment and dedication of our staff, voluntary counsellors and the Board of ‘The Oasis Centre’. We thank all our funders who have helped create and develop ‘The Oasis Centre’. It is because of their generosity that we have the excellent facility that we have today. The Sisters of Charity provide the building and facilities. The North Inner City Drugs Task Force mainly funds Deora Counselling. We are indebted to all our funders and supporters. Together we do make a difference in the North Inner City.