Justin is an experienced and respected manager and therapist with 10 years of experience assisting clients to overcome addiction as well as deal with and manage the reality of HIV and other co occurring disorders guiding them to rethink, rebuild and continue living full and happy lives.
His deep commitment, passion and focused intent to see lives restored is supported by his knowledge, training and recognised experience, equipping him to provide an essential safe and structured space for clients to regain hope, to live another day. He has owned and run his own registered facilities in South Africa and worked with NPO organisations on women abuse and Recovery.
Melanie has worked at Oasis Runcorn for over two years, starting as an administrator and progressing to Deputy Manager. She is currently working towards her Level 5 Business and Management Qualification.
Although Melanie has Counselling Qualifications she enjoys the fast pace of decision making and implementing positive change for clients and staff within Oasis Runcorn. Melanie thrives in a busy, residential environment where everyday is different: Supporting and listening to clients, auditing the centre and supporting staff in their own progression.
Suzanne has practised as an Addiction Clinician for the last five years and is a registered Social Worker. She has worked in refugee camps and with survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. For the last three years, Suzanne was based in New Zealand, delivering therapeutic recovery programs to Maori and Pasifika people in prison, rehab and the community.
As a person in recovery, she is passionate about supporting people to re-discover their ‘authentic self’ whilst challenging internal belief-systems and behaviours. Suzanne works with ‘connection’ and ‘trauma’ in the body, mind and spirit and treats PTSD and addiction at a cellular level as a NADA ear acupuncturist.
Suzanne has worked at Oasis Runcorn since September 2020 and believes in a ‘kindness first’ approach to working with marginalised and vulnerable groups of people.
‘If a person can be understood, he or she belongs’ – Carl Rogers
For the last two years Faith was employed as a Modern slavery case worker managing and supporting her own case load of Male victims of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. Faith worked in the NHS for 14 years as Failsafe Coordinator for a national screening programme and has experience in working within strict guidelines and processes in order to protect vulnerable clients.
Kelly joined Oasis Runcorn in Summer 2020, having 5 years post graduate experience working with people in Active addiction & recovery.
She believes strongly everyone deserves to be the best version of themselves & is passionate about working alongside people to help achieve that goal.
Rebecca is the newest member to join the team at Oasis since April 2017, having previously attended the centre as a client in 2015.
She was successful in her treatment, and since then has volunteered in the drug & alcohol field with Lifeline Sefton, Sefton CVS and worked at Independence Initiative in Bootle. Rebecca has a degree in Economics and is currently studying Level 3 Counselling.
Gordon has been working in the field of addiction treatment and recovery for the past six years and personally understands the nature of addiction. Gordon has a wealth of experience having been working at Runcorn as a Support Worker since it began in 2014.
Gordon enjoys helping other people to achieve total abstinent recovery and supporting them with their everyday needs. Gordon is an experienced member of the Support team and has an NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social care, which enables him to combine his personal experience and education to assist our clients in the recovery process.
Tony has cooked since an early age as he felt this was a seemingly natural step after gaining his catering qualifications in the early ’90s.
Tony himself is in recovery since 2016, making him an understanding addition to our team. He can prepare treatment-specific meals with the best ingredients and from proven recipes. Since 2016, Tony has attended college and volunteered at his local drug service. It was there where circumstances lead Tony to start and manage “The kitchen table” – a volunteer-staffed, self-funded weekly community cafe serving 3-course meals and providing support. This has lead to Tony’s reawakened love of cooking and brought him to the attention of Oasis Runcorn, and the rest is history.
Siana started at Oasis Runcorn at the beginning of March 2019 as a Housekeeper. By July 2019, she stepped into the world of being a Support Worker. Being in the centre and around the clients everyday, she wanted to do more for them and be there for them as much as she could.
‘Being there for our clients and helping them through their recovery was my priority.’
Since November 2020, she’s taken a new responsibility at the centre – being in charge of centre-wide administration. One thing she does recognise as a big change is not spending as much time as she used to with our clients. However, her incredible work in the background, helping clients so they can focus on their recovery, is an immeasurable aid for their recovery.
‘We are saving lives every day.’
Jo has over 15 years worth of cleaning, & infection control knowledge and experience, and has worked in a variety of environments. Care homes, hotels, hospitals and even dental surgeries to name but a few. He has also worked alongside (and supported) residential and dementia patients, patients with ABI & autism, and on a personal level, multiple sclerosis as well.
He says he enjoys working here at Oasis Runcorn not only because it allows him to utilise his knowledge and expertise from previous jobs, but also (more importantly) because it enables him to learn from the clients and see things from their perspective which he then applies to his methods. Maximising the care and support, this way he is able to offer services to their potential.