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Every employee wants a purposeful job - to do something meaningful. At Oaklea, we can give you that. You will have opportunities to develop as a person, colleague, leader and advocate. You’ll make new friends and feel inspired to reach your potential. We will ask a lot of you - but you’ll get back so much more. With us, it is never ‘just a job’. In return for your hard work and passion, we can give you real meaning and purpose in your work.

If you want to know what Oaklea is really about, strip it back to its bare essentials - we’re all about people.

Covid19 asked big questions - the answer is 42

"During the Coronavirus lockdown our teams have done a fantastic job, continuing to provide the highest standards of care and support to our customers and learners. The easing of lockdown has allowed us to open up recruitment and take on new projects in both Kendal and County Durham. We have had the opportunity to recruit and introduce many new employees to our fantastic teams. From July to September we have recruited 42 new employees into many different areas of the charity, Supported Living, registered Care Homes, Homecare and Right2work. It has been great to see so many new faces join our teams and to support our local communities with opportunities for employment. A huge welcome to all our new team members!" Stephen Parkinson, HR Team

We’re very proud of how, every day, we help transform so many different lives in a multitude of ways.

Here’s Paul speaking in Summer 2019 he supports a group of adults in Ferryhill, County Durham. He’s developed a real bond with the guys he’s with - its definitely not just a job to him - no wonder he’s been with us for a long time:

And this is Liv - she has a double life (!) - she supports people in South Lakeland and combines this role with leading our Customer Advice Team at Station House (the main point of contact for our customers, stakeholders etc) -it means she sees how our work impacts on customers lives in many ways. She says she gets a lot out of working for Oaklea:

The mechanics of our organisation mean there are lots of important people in the background (mostly unseen by those whose day to day living depends on us) making sure Oaklea delivers its promises, but our focus and motivation is always for the people we assist.

Our teams operate throughout the North of England, covering an area from Nottingham and Cheshire up to Cumbria, Northumberland and the Borders.

Other opportunities - don't forget to check out the jobs page at our award winning CIC Right2Work

Just click here Right2Work Jobs - a wide variety of roles from Job Coach to customer facing roles in our Community Cafe.

Giving your time - Volunteering with Oaklea & R2W

Find out more here for Oaklea Volunteer opps with Oaklea and at R2W Volunteering with R2W

INVESTORS IN PEOPLE 2018-2021 -We have also secured our IIP status 2018-2021.

Oaklea’s annual Investors in People (IIP) review was carried out in September 2019. A selection of employees and Managers from Oaklea and Right2work were interviewed by Ian Hartley from IIP.

HR Manager, Helen Shaw: "Oaklea have maintained their IIP standard accreditation and this resonates with the hard work put in by our employees. The IIP review was a very positive one highlighting the work Oaklea and R2W do in line with our mission statement, values and workplace behaviours. The review of current objectives were discussed and future actions put in place for the IIP 2020 review.

Key recommendations to take forward are enhancing two way communication between employees and Managers, further guidance for employees to prepare for annual Performance and Achievement reviews and further promotion to employees of the Sovereign Healthcare Cash Plan. New developments are Oaklea’s health and wellbeing strategy and identify wellbeing champions within the organisation. Champions to be developed across the organisation as a whole to include the expansion of Champions in the following areas: Dignity, Induction and Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). We are developing the key recommendations as outlined in Oaklea’s IIP report and we will be taking forward these forward into 2020.”

On 12 December 2019 two of the team from R2W Community Works mounted the IIP plaque outside our HQ


Spring 2021 - Oaklea support national campaign for recruiting to the care sector “Care for others -make a difference”

We are supporting the national NHS/Department of Health & Social Care led campaign to promote careers in the social care sector.

Why this new campaign?

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, there was already an existing need for 122,000 people to join the social care workforce to fill the 7.8% vacancy gap. This situation has been exacerbated by the impact of Coronavirus on both the workforce and those receiving care.

The new campaign is being launched in response to this and aims to:

  • Raise the profile of the social care sector and give recognition to the vital work of the workforce
  • Drive people with the right skills and values to apply for, and fill, paid vacancies in the social care sector, focusing on building a sustainable workforce both in this time of particular need and for the future
  • There are a host of resources available for job hunters and those curious about joining our sector (from CV tips to what it’s like day to day) -click on this link

    Everyday is different - find out why here

    Oaklea Apprentice Academy on the road

    Our HR team promoting opportunities at Oaklea to students at Kendal College. Here you can see Stephen Parkinson ready to take on all comers as he extolled the merits of the new Oaklea Apprentice Academy which launched in Feb 2020. “It was good to meet tutors and students who might get involved with the Apprentice Academy if they’re doing a Health & Social Care course. It was a great opportunity to spread the word about our plans.”

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