This Christmas Oasis will be home to the women and children living in our refuge

Having fled their homes for their own protection, Oasis is a safe place to stay and a chance to work with our specialist teams to help rebuild their lives free from abuse. 

It is a difficult time of year to be away from home but our staff and volunteers will go to great lengths to make things festive.


What is Christmas like for people in our refuge?

Melissa* told us about her experience of spending Christmas at our refuge, decorating and cooking Christmas dinner for 18.


Lynda moved out of the refuge a week before Christmas

Our flat had nothing, no furniture, no pots or pans and no Christmas tree. But everyone at Oasis really pulled out the stops for me.


How you can help

We can't make Christmas special without your help. Donating means that we are able to give gifts, help set up new homes and make sure that the families that need our help are safe. For example:

£10 gives a set of pyjamas and underwear for the children and women that come to us with nothing

£30 gives essentials such as plates and pans for a homeless family resettling from the refuge

£50 can provide an hour of counselling for a child or mother to help deal with the pain of their trauma

Cheques can be made payable to 'Oasis Domestic Abuse Service' and sent to Oasis, PO Box 174, Margate, Kent, CT9 4GA. You can text ODAS12£ amount to 70070

Please let us know if you would like to contribute in a different way by emailing


Thank you for your support. You help make people safer.


People need a room at the refuge all year round. Our CEO Deb Cartwright shared a memory of helping a woman who had just moved in.

“I once took a woman into the boutique upstairs and we started getting her a wardrobe of clothes together (she had been living on the street and had nothing). She broke down and cried saying, ‘This must be what Christmas feels like, no-one has ever given me anything so nice before.’
— Oasis CEO, Deb Cartwright