The Oaklea Trust, based in Kendal has been celebrating a double injection of funding this week, which goes towards helping people who are disabled or disadvantaged.
£18,500 has been secured from the Government’s Community Support Fund, whilst £1,500 was donated after a Masquerade Ball was held in honour of the charity.
Helping disabled people get back into work…
The money from the Community Support Fund has been awarded to the Oaklea Trust to assist Remploy employees to get back into work following the ongoing factory closures in Barrow and Cleator Moor. Remploy is one of the UK’s leading providers of employment services to people with barriers to work.
The Oaklea Trust has been supporting disadvantagd people and those with disabilities for over 20 years throughout the north of England. Their vision is based on the principle that every person has a positive contribution to make to society and the right to control their own lives. The Oaklea Trust exists to help disadvantaged people discover their potential and lead a fulfilling, independent life; therefore the funding to help support the disabled employees of local factories has come as a welcome support.
Sue Green Director of the Oaklea Trust comments,
“With the money from the Community Support Fund we are now in an even better position to support ex-Remploy staff following the factory closures in Barrow and Cleator Moor. We work with many disabled and disadvantaged people to help them get back into work. This funding will make such a difference.”
The Oaklea Trust has access to employers, from large national organisations to small sole traders, across a wide range of sectors. They work with people to make the best use of their skills and abilities in the workplace. The Oaklea Trust helps individuals with pre-vocational training and preparation for work, profiling to ensure successful job matching, searching for work, job applications and interviews, the transition into work and job retention and personal career development.
I shall go to the ‘Masquerade ball’…
In addition to the welcomed funding from the Community Support Fund, £1,500 has been donated to the Oaklea Trust after two local women held a Masquerade Ball in October in aid of the charity. Lisa Knipe and Hannah Buckle, who both work at the Asda Supermarket in Kendal decided they wanted a new challenge and to find an alternative way of raising money for charity. They spent a lot of time researching other local charities, but decided to split the proceeds from the ball between the Oaklea Trust and the South Lakeland Hydrotherapy Trust.
“We decided we wanted to help the Oaklea Trust as it is a really great cause and helps a lot of local people. There are numerous fundraising events that raise money for bigger, national charities, but we wanted to help people closer to home and a charity that perhaps does not have the exposure of the bigger charities.” Comments Lisa
Many of the staff members from the Oaklea Trust attended the masquerade ball, which was held at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal. Lisa and Hannah organised canapés on arrival, a raffle with gifts donated by local organisations and an auction including a signed Manchester United Football that was auctioned not once but twice (after the first auction it was given back to auction again to raise even more money for charity).
Lisa and Hannah recently took a day off work to visit the Oaklea Trust to present them with a cheque from the money they raised on the evening.