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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…

  • Our people giving us a fright….for good reason!
  • Why emergency aid reaches the parts….
  • A champ steps up (& down the stairs)

Plus much more….

Managers that go bump in the night….

Our not so scary version of the movie “Witches of Eastwick” getting in the Halloween spirit!

Yes folks – Registered Manager Alex M, & Team Managers Katie ‘Morticia’ C & Jean K came out of their autumnal hibernation to spread the word before midnight.

Manor Barn is hosting a “Fright Night” – see poster….plus a reminder from our coven below -scroll if you dare! Employees & customers most welcome to join them!

Meanwhile – Max has Halloween by the barrow load!

Yes – we can exclusively reveal our Max has been extremely busy getting in the Halloween spirit down on the farm! Thanks to support from Kendra & Charlotte -the most excellent “Pumpkin Sisters”!

Those County Durham folks really know how to pump the pumpkin vibes down at Baydale Farm near Darlington. They’ve even put their picking exploits to moving pictures –go to our Tik Tok channel if you dare!

Stairway to Medals

Don’t mess with our Kelvin – you’ll be for the ‘chop’!

Bone crunching news in from Oaklea’s mild mannered martial arts correspondent, Kirstie ‘Hong Kong Phooey’ Nicholson:

Kelvin competed this weekend in Worcester for the British Tae Kwon Do and came first! What a star he is! Coming out with this awesome gold medal. This will be his second world champion win! Well done Kelvin from all of us.”

You can also see his current medal stash….way 2 go K – you’ll need to see if The Furniture Warehouse have a bigger trophy cabinet for sale!

Sneak peek – oh go on then…

It’s that time of year where we produce our Annual Report/s. But this year is different -instead of two -we will have a combined Oaklea/Right2Work production.

It’s a work in progress – but this is what the cover might look like….It’s due out in early November -watch this space!

Claire’s Accessories

Our very own Claire ‘in the ‘ Round has been busy with the R2W Supported Internship gang at the Barrow Jobs & Skills Fair organised by Careers firm Inspira and local MP Simon Fell.

Claire tells us more: “It was a well-attended event at The Forum where we had the opportunity to talk to  lots of people and employers about the Supported Internship Scheme we offer as well the various job roles offered at Right2work and the Oaklea Trust. We guided people to the current vacancies we have via the website. Simon Fell MP, took time to talk to us and ask us about the schemes we offer and I explained how we have been able to offer more places this academic year, creating more opportunities for young adults and the employment outcomes we have secured.”

Those not so little extras

Did you know you can purchase extra support from Oaklea?

  • Maybe you want extra hours of care
  • Maybe you want to do different things & need extra support?

Due to changes in funding – notably in Durham. We will be contacting families & carers about the extra support Oaklea can offer. This also applies across our North of England patch.

Sue Green, Oaklea Director: “We are aware that not all our customers or their families support needs are met. Our aim is to provide extra support, centred around their needs and dreams where appropriate.”

As a result a new web page has been created + we will be sending a postcard to relevant families/carers in the run up to Christmas.

Joining the dots – easy with MULTIPLY!

We’ve had more people on our Multiply basic numeracy course. As you can see the domino effect was to the fore!

It had learners from Right2Work Future Choices and Learning2Live. The group had fun building confidence using numbers. The ‘Multiply in the Lakes’ course will continue for a further 5 sessions with topics including personal finance, timetables for travelling and calendars to manage their own time.

Find out more about the Multiply programme here:

Lets talk Menopause

This week marked World Menopause Day (18th October) and to raise awareness around this subject one of our team has written a very personal account.

Click here to access the write up from Mandy Morland. 

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