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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! &

A little earlier this week in time for the Oaklea AGM on Wednesday 8th.

This week it’s all about our Annual Report for Oaklea Group – a first as it’s a combined Oaklea/Right2Work publication.

Plus much more including…

  • Marking Trustee Week – celebrating those who give their time to us

  • Who will be getting a postcard?

  • Still spooked in the NE!

  • Awards – save the date for next year + a teaser from years gone by from R2W

National Trustee Week with Sue!

This week is also National Trustee Week – and we recognise the work our volunteer Oaklea Trustees & R2W Board Members do in the Annual Report. Inside you will find some thoughts from Trustee Sue O’Halloran – pictured on a visit to Rakehead, Ulverston in the summer. Go to pages 26-27!

More on National Trustee Week here

“Its days like today when I am able to visit our customers and support the quality audit process that make the role very valuable. I can see the Charity’s work in action, meet lovely welcoming people and ensure we are working towards our mission of supporting people to so that they can learn, develop and thrive.” Sue O’Halloran, Oaklea Trustee.

Thinking ahead

Employee Awards – save the date -coming to North Lakes Hotel, Penrith next summer. Can you guess the theme? Answers on a postcard to Sue Green! (A little clue from Sue “It’s summery and magical!”)

Working it out – together

Oaklea’s very own gym bunny – Jill Watts – captured Kelvin and Helen having a fitness session. Delivering the Oaklea mission…

“To support and care for people and communities so they can learn, develop and thrive.”

Bagged with love

It’s in the bag….R2W Community Learning gets a big lift thanks to our young people on Future Choices!

They’ve been doing a project with Manna House in Kendal.

Find out much more here – including a very thoughtful video from Miya – as she explains how the group have got a better understanding of homelessness and the circumstances that lead to it.

“Mamma Miya”!

And here’s an additional clip from the fabulous Miya (as well as the one she does on the web page) We know Miya well as she has been supported previously by Oaklea through our Short Breaks offer (see above from 2018/19).

A postcard from Oaklea

Soon a series of postcards will be sent out to families, relatives and carers of those we support to highlight the chance to buy Extra Support.

Oaklea Director, Sue Green “We are delighted to be able to offer the opportunity for people to purchase support directly from Oaklea Trust. Some of the ideas that  people can get involved in include:

  • learning new skills together for example, travel training or learning to dance

  • shopping together – personal shopper anyone?

  • attending a weekly social event – off to the football

  • going to a club together – need someone to be with you and to help you get home

  • enjoying a walk in a wood

  • working on the allotment

The idea is to help people get the most out of life, to enjoy new activities or challenges and to fulfil that life-long dream?”

You can see more about the Extra Support here on our website

We’re listening…

Some of our Mental Health First Aiders met up recently –  they’re always on hand if you need to talk. Contact via

Still ‘Bewitched’

They’re a scary lot in the North East -and they don’t even need Halloween as an excuse!

In Barnard Castle the ghosts & ghouls have finally departed the Castle (drawbridge opening hours adjusted accordingly for Halloween)….but not after putting their dancing feet on for a super spooky disco!

Luckily our very own ‘ghostbuster extraordinaire’ Kendra –climbed out from behind the dungeon sofa and captured a video of the fright night dancing! You’ll have to go to our web link to see it!

Phew…..these witching hours take their troll… toll! Thank goodness it’s another year away until the next one!

Tim steps up

They’ve been handing out accolades again at The Furniture Warehouse! Latest is an in house Bronze Award for Tim Siddall – with MC Paul Roberts!

It’s also a reminder that the R2W Learner Awards take place next Monday at Carus Green!

Back to the future with a R2W LEGEND- And as a timely throwback – here’s a video of one time TFW regular – Duncan – when we last held a big Awards shindig in 2018 (at Kendal Rugby Club) – he gave the best celebration by far!

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