Oasis - Community Fund - University of Derby

The Oasis

What is The Oasis?

The Oasis aims to regroup the 'international' members of the community living in Buxton and surrounding area in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. We hold social meetings where members can share, learn, laugh and experience what it is like to be part of one of the most cosmopolitan towns in Derbyshire!

We aim to discover one another’s cultures and habits. We also aim to welcome new residents from foreign nationalities in Buxton to help and support them discovering the town, and provide friendly advice about administrative duties, education, social gatherings and more.


There are so many nationalities represented in Buxton

Claire Belkadi, the University of Derby’s former International Development Manager, is from France and arrived in Buxton in April 2012. She came up with the idea for the Oasis after being amazed at how many Buxton residents came from abroad.

“In less than a year, I met friends from Brazil, Romania, Mexico, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, France, Spain, and Sweden…not forgetting the International student community at the University representing over 30 nationalities from countries such as China, Indonesia, Uruguay, Nepal, Zimbabwe, India, South Korea, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Poland, Lithuania, Nigeria and more !”.


Who can join the Oasis meetings?

The Oasis welcomes everybody! From British citizens interested in meeting international people to members of the international community, whatever country you are from...whether you have been in UK for 10 years and over or 10 days…we’ll be glad to meet you ...University of Derby International and EU students are welcome and so are children .


How do we keep in touch?

Sponsored by the University of Derby, The Oasis provides local and international residents with online platforms such as a Facebook page, a mailing list to receive news and events dates and a place to meet, the Devonshire Dome in Buxton.


If you would like to be added to our Oasis Mailing list, please send your name and surname, nationality and email address to c.belkadi@derby.ac.uk.  Your details will be used purely and solely for the purpose of sending you Oasis news.


What happens during an Oasis Meeting?

6.45pm                 Arrival, drinks and nibbles

7.00-7.15              Round up introductions and count up of nationalities

7.15-7.45              Themed talk / activity / guest presenter (when volunteered by a member) – If not, general gathering and catching up

7.45 – 8.00           Ideas / brainstorm meeting

8.00-8.15             General chat and closing


The format of the Oasis meetings is informal and flexible to allocate various activities and speakers. If you would like to suggest an idea or a guest to run an Oasis session, please contact c.belkadi@derby.ac.uk



The Oasis was launched on the 8th August 2013 with the aim to meet once per term and enjoy a variety of topics such as languages, cuisine, travel tips....it has been a place where new members of the community have felt welcome to meet others from different continents of the World !

We have had number successful meetings since then including a fantastic Christmas Party in December 2013, when everybody brought dishes and music from their own country. Twenty to thirty members of the community attend each meeting and there are usually at least 10 Nationalities represented.


Contact Details or more info

Telephone: 01332593378

Email: c.belkadi@derby.ac.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OasisBuxton