It is an enormous honour to receive this award from Staffordshire University, such a valued partner, as we push forwards in the understanding and practice of working with children, young people and families
Author, speaker, TV and radio presenter, businessman, social entrepreneur, husband and father, Steve began public life as a Baptist Minister being ordained in 1981.
In 1985 he founded the Oasis Charitable Trust with a vision to build inclusive communities, where everyone has hope, feels that they matter and is given the opportunity to achieve their God-given potential. Oasis pioneers life-transforming housing, healthcare, education, church, and youth and community initiatives across the UK and the world.
Oasis works in ‘community hubs’ to provide a range of integrated and high quality services that support people holistically; educationally, physically, socially, spiritually, emotionally, economically and environmentally.
Steve has inspired numerous key initiatives in Oasis, which retain his involvement, including:
• Oasis College of Higher Education in London, in partnership with Staffordshire University, is committed to equipping and resourcing students with the skills, knowledge and understanding to improve the quality of life for their families and communities;
• Oasis Community Learning, has opened 26 primary, 16 secondary and two all-through schools around the UK, and is committed to education and holistic community regeneration;
• Oasis Church in Waterloo, London, the first of a new network of UK churches which includes others in Bristol, Croydon, Enfield, Grimsby, Salford and Southampton;
• Stop The Traffik, a global coalition working in nearly 100 countries and with tens of thousands of activists around the world campaigning to end people trafficking. Steve is a United Nations Special Adviser for community action against human trafficking;
• People’s Parliament, which creates a place of debate, discussion, interaction and partnership for voluntary organisations with the aim of building more effective relationships between the government and the third sector.
The award of Honorary Doctor of the University recognises Steve’s role in founding the Oasis College of Higher Education and Stop The Traffik. It further acknowledges his success in transforming disadvantaged communities through education and his passion for social justice. Finally, it marks his Guinness World Record achievement in 2011 at the London Marathon, securing sponsorship of £2.33 million.
Steve said, “It is an enormous honour to receive this award from Staffordshire University, such a valued partner, as we push forwards in the understanding and practice of working with children, young people and families.”