12 people, who attend the Right2Work Furniture Warehouse on Dockray Hall in Kendal, are celebrating gaining some vital new qualifications.
The team undertook a Customer Service Skills course run by the Cumbria Adult Education Service earlier this year. Everyone passed the course and now have an Open College Network qualification and has just received their certificates showing the successful achievements they attained.
The Right2Work project offers people the opportunity to get real work experience in South Lakeland. They exist to support disabled and disadvantaged people to gain employment through training and work experience with the scheme. Right2Work is also somewhere where people can gain self confidence, a feeling of being valued and vital skills they need in the society.
Right2Work was set up in August 2011 by parent organisation and charity The Oaklea Trust. Oaklea Trust were successful in securing a seven year contract with South Lakeland District Council to operate and manage the collection of bulky household items such as wardrobes, beds, mattresses and chairs from residents in the area. Items that are collected are reused, fixed and resold or broken down and the component parts are recycled. The service not only provides a collection service to people in the area, but also promotes recycling and has diverted over 101 tonnes of waste from landfill.
The team who all have learning difficulties have been able to achieve these Customer Service qualifications on top of the work skills they are already gaining at Right2Work as well as the social interaction enjoyed by all. The group on day placement assist with the collection and delivery of furniture, help to serve customers in the furniture warehouse and dismantle unusable furniture items to divert waste from landfill.
The Furniture Warehouse will collect donations of saleable furniture free of charge and are always looking for volunteers to support the work they do.