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Posts Tagged ‘Right 2 Work’

New qualifications for Furniture Warehouse placement team

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

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.

Local Social Enterprise wins regional award

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Thriving social enterprise Right2Work, based in Kendal has won the Excellence in Partnership award in the prestigious Excellence in Social Enterprise Awards held on the 22nd February at a glamorous ceremony at the 5 star Hilton Hotel in Blackpool.

The team at Right2Work were awarded this accolade for their partnership work with South Lakeland District Council (SLDC), Cumbria Adult Education, local businesses and recycling organisations such as Cumbria Waste Recycling. Right2Work was set up in August 2011 by parent organisation and charity Oaklea Trust. Oaklea 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.

In the 16 months Right2Work has been operating, they have achieved a 100% collection rate, and have diverted over 101 tonnes of waste from landfill. Their recycling rate for items collected is 66% and is constantly rising. Items that are collected are reused, fixed and resold or broken down and the component parts are recycled.

Following a procurement process, the Oaklea Trust were chosen as the council’s preferred contractor to provide the new service and have collaborated closely with SLDC to set this project up. As the project is community based and community focused they have been able to build partnerships with other organisations including Local Housing Associations, Cumbria Constabulary and Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership.

Jennifer Hone, Business Development Manager at The Oaklea Trust comments,

It is a fantastic achievement to win an award at the Excellence in Social Enterprise Award. The Right2Work project has not only significantly reduced the amount of waste going to landfill, but the money raised from the project has also helped many disabled and disadvantaged people gain employment or work experience in the area. The service provided is a credit to the team who run the project and we hope it can inspire other social enterprises in the North West.”

We are incredibly proud of our Social Enterprise and to be shortlisted for these awards is brilliant recognition of the hard work from our staff, work placement students and volunteers. “

The Excellence in Social Enterprise Awards, which are organised by Social Enterprise North West were established to raise the profile of social enterprise in the North West of England and to encourage mutual support, inter-trading, sharing of best practice, training and development opportunities and to work with local, regional and national bodies to strengthen the social enterprise sector.

Organisers of the awards commented,

Congratulations! The judges believe your work is among the best in the North West.”

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.