STOP PRESS: R2W named “Cumbria Social Enterprise of the Year 2021”

The Oaklea Group also takes in Right2Work (R2W) - a Kendal based CIC (Community Interest Company). R2W offers a number of work, learning and opportunities for people across Cumbria & Lancashire; they have a dedicated staff team that work with over 200 people each year. (R2W began over two decades ago and over that time has supported over 2,000 people into or access training or work). Much more on R2W via their dedicated website Right2Work

In short - R2W includes a number of wide ranging activities:

Community Works

Our newest community based enterprise (launched May 2019) that provides a supported vocational environment in the property maintenance sector for up to 40 learners with learning disabilities - find out more via our Facebook page CommunityWorks FB

The Appleby Hub

This community centre in the heart of Appleby (on Chapel Street) has a wholefood cafe, provides training & learning opportunities and acts as a space for community led events and activities. Keep up with everything at the Hub via their dedicated Facebook page Appleby Hub FB or on Instagram Appleby Hub Instagram

The Furniture Warehouse

Find them on Mintsfeet Industrial Estate in Kendal takes donations of unwanted furniture, upcycles and recycles. It also provides day opportunity work training for local people who are disabled or disadvantaged. At the Furniture Warehouse we collect & recycle unwanted furniture from residents throughout South Lakeland. Why not pop into our retail shop and grab a bargain - see what’s in store at our Facebook page Furniture Warehouse FB

‘Work & Learn’

The team covers Cumbria and offer help & support to those entering the labour market through things like Supported Internships for young people to those who have been referred by other agencies like the DWP. The team deliver a number of initiatives that focus on getting into work. Contact: R2W Employment or follow their Facebook page Work & Learn FB

The Eden Workshop

The Eden Workshop offers quality workshops as well as drop in crafts, developing craft kits to sell, and with the help of Patrizia who oversees the Appleby Hub Kitchen & Cafe, some Foodie Workshops and much more. “We find the best tutors and invite them to share their skills, the workshops are small, generally max of 7 so they are informal thus offering plenty of opportunity to interact with each other & the tutor.” Jane Farkiss, The Eden Workshop.

More here The Eden Workshop website or on social media here The Eden Workshop on FB

Youth Futures

Our Community Learning team appreciate that for some young people school years can be challenging and emotionally difficult and we understand that no two young people are the same in terms of their learning and development. We will provide schools with pastoral support, extra-curricular activities and alternative provisions to promote young people’s personal and social development and enable them to have a voice, influence and place in their communities and society as a whole. Helping them to build resilience and character and giving them the confidence and life skills they need to live, learn, work and achieve. We work with all young people whatever their personal circumstances and whatever challenges they may be experiencing. More here Youth Futures

Find out more about R2W via its own dedicated website http://www.right2work.org.uk/

Contact address: R2W Unit 1, Mintsfeet Rd, Mintsfeet Industrial Estate, Kendal LA9 6DE

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Cumbria LA9 6RY

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