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Charity goes Vintage on the Catwalk

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

The Oaklea Trust, a Cumbrian based charity is hosting a vintage fashion event with a difference in aid of its Wishlist Fund, 1pm on Thursday 26th March at the Victory Hall in Broughton in Furness.

The event boasts an afternoon of nostalgia and treats and invites people to ‘find a vintage look that suits you!’ The fundraising event includes a catwalk show, vintage stalls, afternoon tea and cakes, plus a prize raffle with items kindly donated by a variety of businesses throughout South Lakes and Furness.

Lottie Howsley, from the Oaklea Trust, who is one of the organisers of the event comments;

“We hope it will be a great, nostalgic day out for people to bring parents or grandparents to. Vintage is so popular at the moment we feel there will be something for every age, as well as raising vital funds for Wishlist.”

Funds raised on the day will all go the Oaklea Trust’s Wishlist Fund, which aims to raise and distribute funds in support of disabled and disadvantaged children and adults. The criteria for applications changes each year so that The Oaklea Trust can ensure they are able to support a wide and diverse range of the local community.  At the present time the maximum grant available is £500 and is for people aged 75 years and over or their carers, living within the South Lakeland and Furness areas of Cumbria, to fund opportunities to:

1.       Reduce the impact of isolation and loneliness and/or

2.       Promote independence and quality of life including improvements to living environments.

If you feel you or someone you know would benefit from a grant please contact Oaklea Trust or download the application form from the charity’s website www.oakleatrust.co.uk

The Oaklea Trust, who are based in Kendal, have been supporting disadvantaged people and those with disabilities throughout the North England for 25 years.  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 supports those in need with a helping hand.

Tickets for the Vintage event are available at Broughton Tourist Information Centre (01229 716115) and Oaklea Trust (01539 735025).

The Oaklea Trust celebrate success

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Team members from the Oaklea Trust based in Lancashire have been presented with a ‘Celebration of Success award’ from GP Strategies Training Limited in recognition of their outstanding employee development and training investment.

The Oaklea Trust, who are based in Kendal, has been supporting disadvantagd people and those with disabilities for over 20 years throughout Cumrbia and Lancashire.  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 supports customers with learning disabilities in their own homes in the Blackpool and Fylde areas working closely with Mencap as the local landlord.

Several members of the Lancashire team have recently undertaken additional training through GP Strategies Training Limited who is dedicated to offering quality-assured training services to people who work in a variety of sectors, including the health and social care industry.  The Oaklea team undertook a free Diploma in Health & Social Care along with Team Leading & Management as part of their social care commitment.

The Oaklea Trust was up against some stiff competition from numerous other high performing nominations.

Anita Dale, Regional Delivery Team Manager for the Lancashire region of GP Strategies Training Limited said,

“My assessor, Jaimie Thompson nominated the Oaklea Trust, taking on board their outstanding development and dedication to provide training opportunities to their staff.  They certainly impressed our panel and we were pleased to announce them as a winner”

Anita and Jaimie Thompson visited the Oaklea team in Blackpool to present the charity with a framed Celebration of Success Certificate. The award was received on behalf of Oaklea Trust by Jeanette McVittie (local Team Manager) who said,

“The Oaklea Trust in Blackpool is very pleased to accept this award. As a team, we would not have completed our course work if it was not for the help, support and guidance from our assessor Jaimie Thompson.  Most of us would have thrown the towel in, if it had not have been for Jaimie’s encouragement and the fact she believed in all of us.”

Jeanette McVittie has been Team Manager since April 2013 and has been working hard to support her team to ensure that the customers receive the highest quality of care and support.  All this hard work has paid off and now has been recognized externally too.

A number of successful apprentice learners were also presented with their training certificates, awards and diplomas for achieving their qualifications.

The Oaklea Trust’s gift to the elderly this winter

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

As the seasons change and the heating is turned on in many homes The Oaklea Trust, a charitable organisation, based in Cumbria who offer support to disabled and disadvantaged people are giving  people in South Lakeland and Furness the opportunity to apply for their ‘Wishlist’ grant alongside the Winter Warmth Fund initiative.

The aim of Wishlist is to raise and distribute funds in support of disabled and disadvantaged children and adults. The criteria for applications changes each year so that The Oaklea Trust can ensure they are able to support a wide and diverse range of the local community.  At the present time the maximum grant available is £500 and is for people aged 75 years and over or their carers, living within the South Lakeland and Furness areas of Cumbria, to fund opportunities to:

  1. Reduce the impact of isolation and loneliness and/or
  2. Promote independence and quality of life including improvements to living environments.

Many people who are eligible to apply for a Wishlist grant are also those who may benefit from the Winter Warmth Fund run by Cumbria Community Foundation.

The Winter Warmth Fund is an initiative run by Cumbria Community Foundation to help older people in Cumbria stay warm and healthy.  It is funded by voluntary donations of winter fuel allowance payments plus individual and local business donations.  This is another initiative whereby people over 60, who live in Cumbria, can apply for grants from £125 to £250 to help them maintain an acceptable standard of living during the winter.

There are many inter-related factors which will influence how each individual is affected by the cold weather, including their income, housing type and quality, cost of fuel, isolation and underlying health conditions. Each individual’s response to the cold can vary.  Some may heat their home more but buy less food. Others will cut back on their heating and social contact.  Any of these actions could be detrimental to their well-being at a time when they could be at their most vulnerable.

The aim of the Winter Warmth fund is to ensure that people who struggle with the cost of winter can survive with a reasonable level of comfort and dignity. The grantee does not have to say what they will spend the grant on specifically, but that the overall effect will be that they can afford to keep warm and look after themselves during the coldest weather.

Services such as hot water and heating are often taken for granted for many, but for older people living in Cumbria, this is often not an option and regularly have to choose between eating and heating.  This puts them at risk and they are often in danger of becoming seriously ill or dying.  Many people die each year in Cumbria as a result of plummeting temperatures and not being able to afford to pay for hefty energy bills.

Sue Green, Director of the Oaklea Trust comments,

“Older people are often isolated when the winter hits, feeling lonely, unable to get to the local shop, or heat their home.  We encourage everyone to think about those elderly people living nearby and if they need support over the winter months; are there any improvements to their home or any ways in which they could benefit from support that could make a different to their lives?  We have a pot of funding that could really help to save lives and urge people to get in touch to find out more.”

If you know people who are vulnerable as we approach winter please let them know about Wishlist and Winter Warmth Funds and how the Oaklea Trust can help.  With the variety of grant funding and winter initiatives on offer there is no reason why any elderly person should suffer this winter.

The Oaklea Trust signs up to Social Care Commitment

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

The Oaklea Trust,  who have employees throughout Eden that help disabled and disadvantaged people, have recently signed up to the Social Care Commitment, which is a voluntary agreement about workforce quality.

The Social Care Commitment’s primary purpose is to ensure public confidence that people who need care and support services across the UK, including Eden, will always be supported by skilled people who treat them with dignity and respect.  As part of this commitment the Oaklea Trust promises to give their workers in and around Eden the development they need and staff promise to put social care values into practice in their daily work.  Team members in Eden have been enrolled on specific training courses above and beyond the minimum requirements of the commitment, including Dementia Awareness Facilitator Training (University of Stirling) and diplomas in Leadership for Health & Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (Levels 2 -5)

Minister of State for Care and Support Norman Lamb has again reiterated his, and the Department of Health’s full support, for the Social Care Commitment “encouraging every employer and every employee” working in adult social care to sign up.

By signing up, The Oaklea Trust’s team in Eden and throughout Cumbria will adhere to seven clear commitments designed to help develop the skills and knowledge of their workforce. They focus on real workplace issues including effective communication, upholding dignity and protecting privacy.

“It is really important for people to have reliable information about what good care looks like so they can make the right choices about the care they want. This commitment from employers and staff will help foster a more open, transparent system that leaves bad care with nowhere to hide and will lead to better standards across the board.”

The commitment’s development has been led by Skills for Care, working with employers, employees, individual employers, personal assistants and people who need care and support to make sure the commitment is fit for purpose and can be easily embedded into sector workforces.

Director of the Oaklea Trust Sue Green comments,

 “We see this as a real commitment to help us continually think about how to improve the care and support we provide. The relationship between us as an employer and our employee/volunteer is directly linked to the relationship that our employees/volunteers have with each customer”

The commitment is strongly supported by sector leaders including the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Bill Mumford, Chair of the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group, said: “I am fond of saying: ‘people experience our behaviours not our values’, i.e. actions speak louder than words.  This is why I am particularly keen to support the launch of the Social Care Commitment and will be encouraging employers and social care workers across the sector to sign up.  With so much public concern it will be an opportunity for individuals and their loved ones to check on-line who has signed up and be reassured that the commitment is to them.”

The Oaklea Trust are also now looking for more employees to strengthen their team and encourage more people to join in their campaign for high quality care for the elderly, disabled and disadvantaged people.

Everybody needs good neighbours at the Oaklea Trust

Monday, February 24th, 2014

The Oaklea Trust is pleased to announce their ‘Good Neighbours’ scheme; a new initiative for people in South Lakes and Furness.  The scheme is being launched after being awarded additional funding by the Cumbria Third Sector Consortium (C3C); part of the Neighbourhood Care Independence Programme.

The ‘Good Neighbours’ programme offers a service in the community for those in need of help and support which cannot be supplied through Social and Health care.  It is aimed at those who may be vulnerable or at risk of becoming vulnerable i.e. older people, people with disabilities, single parents and young mothers, people temporarily in need through illness or anyone who may be isolated in the community.

Activities in the ‘Good Neighbours’ programme include befriending and companionship, shopping, general housework, long term home support, dog walking, gardening, driving beneficiaries to medical appointment and offering information about local sources of help.

The Project Leader for the programme is Sarah Thornborrow.  Her role is to establish and manage a team of ‘Volunteer Visitors’ and identify beneficiaries who would welcome this support.  Sarah comments,

“Oaklea Good Neighbours is a really unique project which puts people together – those who need a little helping hand and those who can regularly spare a few hours to volunteer.

There are so many things we take for granted, like making a cup of tea, tidying the garden, picking up a few groceries from the shops or just doing the laundry.  Imagine if you weren’t able to do this, through illness or incapacity, or if you were recuperating from a stay in hospital, who could you rely on?  Giving up a little time and helping could make a huge difference to someone in your local community”

The Oaklea Trust already provides both a ‘Home from Hospital Programme’ and an ‘Advice and Support Service’, however the additional funding means they can support more individuals in need by recruiting volunteers and taking the service beyond 6 weeks, which ‘Home from Hospital’ currently provides.

The Cumbria Third Sector Consortium (C3C) is part of the Neighbourhood Care Independence Programme, which commenced at the beginning of April 2013 and is supported by NHS and Cumbria County Council.  The programme aims to provide older people and disabled adults with a range of activities and support. The programme is being delivered by a partnership of over twenty community groups and charitable organisations operating in local communities, including the Oaklea Trust.

The team at Oaklea Trust are now looking for an army of volunteers to join the Good Neighbours scheme – If you know of anyone who you feel would benefit in South Lakes or Furness, or who would like to join the team of ‘Good Neighbour’ volunteers call The Oaklea Trust on 01539 735 025 or email customer.advice@oakleatrust.co.uk

Additional funds for Cumbrian charity

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

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.