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Oaklea & R2W Weekly Update

Welcome again to celebrating some of what we have been up to via our respective websites and beyond! &

This week it’s all about…

  • ‘Max-ing out’….
  • Thinking Mental Health
  • Heading to the Dales for Tales

For this & much more – read on.

Breaking moo’s er news….

Max n Gemma have a Highland fling!

It’s all going down in a field in County Durham – it’s the Eggleston show!

So we have an ‘eggstra’ treat for you

Our very own NE Countryfile correspondent, Nic B reports: “Max & Gemma enjoyed a great day out seeing the cows, sheep and horses around the show with staff members my good self & Charlotte. Max even showed a Highland cow with his friend Chloe around the ring and came 3rd receiving a yellow rosette.”

See the full video on our Tik Tok channel

How aMOOsing. 

Think Mental Health – MHFA there 4 you

This is sent on behalf of Helen Shaw, HR Manager:

“The Oaklea Group Mental Health First Aid Team (MHFA) have welcomed additional colleagues who joined the team earlier this year. The MHFA team are trained by Mental Health England and will receive annual refresher training to ensure the team are compliant, competent and skilled in their roles.

Life can be hard and we all have different challenges and circumstance in life. Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA’s) are trained and confidential employees who are there for any support you may need.

Alongside our MHFA’s we provide support through Sovereign Health Care.  They can help in an array of areas – Health and Lifestyle, Legal Information, Home Life and Work Life. They have a helpline with qualified nurses who can offer a sympathetic ear and also offer practical information.

As an employee you are given all this support free of charge but there is also the opportunity at a small fee to include family members, therefore supporting the whole family.”

For further information on anything you have read please contact the HR Team on 01539 735025 or

“Happiness week” incoming…

Linking happily to the MHFA news above….

Next week is “National Happiness at work week” 25-29th September. Right2Work ‘Work & Learn’ Team members, Claire Round & Rebecca Hewson, – also MHFA’s want to share the happy vibes.

Claire: “As an employee since 2017, I can say that the caring and supportiveness to all staff is always present.”

Rebecca and The SI Team in Carlisle: “Happiness at work is watching the learners develop in confidence and achieving goals throughout the year.”

There is a much more expansive version of this happy vibe – click on the button below to download their WORD doc submission & to hear from people across R2W…

Falling for the Dales….

This is Janet and Philip from Langdale House, Barrow. They’ve just had a lovely holiday in the Yorkshire Dales. They were with Oaklea Support Julie Millard and Wendy Quinn.

Team Manager, Zoe Jones says “They had a lovely time staying in a cottage outside Leyburn. As you can see they visited Castle Bolton and Aysgarth Falls. It was Janet’s first time away with us in the five years she’s been with us – and only the second time she’s been away in her life – so that was so great that we could make this happen.”

New sessions – it all adds up!

R2W Community Learning have new sessions for this Autumn for the Multiply basic numeracy programme (which many of our Learners have attended) – every Monday in October & November in South Lakes (venue tbc).

Click on the button for more & see eligibility.

6 sessions -all Monday’s 1030 – 1400

Dates: 9/10, 16/10, 30/10, 6/11, 20/11 & 27/11

Go Get Arty!

The annual National Day of Arts in Care Homes takes place on 24 September 2023. The aim is to champion, promote and encourage arts engagement in care settings and highlight the health and well-being benefits for all involved. 

Find out more here

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