Oasis Domestic Abuse Service has received £5,000 to fund an employability project to develop work-based skills for those in the Thanet area who are affected by domestic abuse.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation, which offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

Oasis supports victims of domestic abuse by offering refuge-based accommodation and community-based services for women and their children who are fleeing their homes in Thanet and Dover. The charity also delivers several programmes in schools to educate young people about healthy relationships and issues surrounding domestic abuse.

The grant will support service users with their long-term recovery from domestic abuse by providing them with the opportunity to develop their skills for employability.

Loukia Michael, Fundraising Manager at Oasis, said: “The people we work with have repeatedly told us that although their confidence increases as a result of their time with our support, they still find getting out into the workplace a challenge. This grant will assist them in rebuilding their lives and we are delighted to be in the position to offer them a service we believe is vital to their long-term wellbeing.”

Luke Robb, Branch Manager at Santander’s Margate branch, said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations to local projects every year with the aim of assisting organisations, communities and vulnerable people throughout the UK. The staff at our branch know the great work Oasis does in our community and we hope this grant will help them in their support for local people.”


Notes to Editors:

Media Contact
Adam Williams at Santander 
Email: Adam.R.Williams@santander.co.uk      Tel: 0207 756 5533

Loukia Michael at Oasis
Email: loukia.michael@oasisdaservice.org     Tel: 07753 447238

About Oasis Domestic Abuse Service

Oasis was founded in 1994 to offer emergency, safe and temporary accommodation as well as ongoing support for families who have suffered domestic abuse across Thanet and Dover. Oasis works to keep victims safe and help them to rebuild their lives free from abuse. The charity also supports children and young people both in their refuge and in the wider community. Oasis has a boutique charity shop, 'The Oasis Shop', found on Northdown Road, Cliftonville.

For more information please visit: www.oasisdaservice.org  

Santander Foundation
The Santander Foundation is at the heart of the Bank’s community activities, providing grants to small charities and social enterprises working with disadvantaged people to fund skills, knowledge and innovation projects across the UK. Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support three types of activity:

  • Explorer: improving people’s knowledge
  • Transformer: supporting skills and experience
  • Changemaker: innovative solutions to social challenges

Over the last five years, the Santander Foundation has provided £26 million in funding to 13,914 UK charities through Discovery Grants and Staff Matched Donations. For more information please visit: www.santanderfoundation.org.uk

Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its innovative products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. At 31 March 2018, the bank has c19,500 employees. It serves around 14 million active customers, via a nationwide branch network, telephone, mobile and online banking; and 64 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.