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Oaklea Trust Going Green

Here at Oaklea Group we like to set ourselves a challenge or two or three!

As an organisation we are always striving to reduce our impact on the environment. It’s why we secured IiE (Investors in the Environment) Bronze status last year. Now we are aiming to get Silver!

This week Oaklea Trustee Sue O’Halloran and Director Alex Wolfenden dropped in to see our customers and employees at Rakehead, Ulverston.

Alex says: “We visited to carry out a quality audit discussion and we had a very positive and warm welcome. The visit was full of positive engagement and conversation. Thanks especially to Jonathan for diligently showing us around the property. I was particularly keen to see all the work they have been doing to support the environment and really living up to our iiE credentials.

Alex adds: “Not only do the customers and team have a very organised recycling station in the garage, they are trying to support wildlife with bee friendly plants, flowers and bird boxes. They also have their own allotment growing veggies not far from the front door. The veggies currently thriving are beans, carrots, beetroot and pumpkins. Member of the team and talented cook, Carol, told us that any leftover veggies get pureed and mixed in with lots of meals from spaghetti bolognaise to quiche. They definitely all get their 5 a day here!”

There’s a buzz about Oaklea at the moment…

Quality, assessment, improvement, accreditation & regulation

These are our buzzwords -and not just for the bees we like to nurture! Reducing our carbon footprint is just one of the many things we’re working on at the moment:

  • We have recently reassessed our quality improvement processes to ensure that they are fit for purpose. This is to reflect the strategic aims of our charity and are a structured way to identify strengths and opportunities for improvements.
  • We are currently undergoing our 2023 IiE accreditation review following our success last year in achieving Bronze Accreditation.
  • Our regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has a new single assessment framework which includes an environmental sustainability quality statement. Under “well-led” this statement will look at how providers are considering their overall carbon footprint and how they are acting to reduce it.

One of the many ways we can do this is encouraging those we support

Click here for how IiE works with organisations like us https://www.iie.uk.com/what-is-iie/ 

You can access our Tenancy Guide here (you may also spot the Rakehead gang are also on the front cover!) https://www.oakleatrust.co.uk/general_publications/tenancy-guide/ 

Plus you can see our Oaklea Group Environment Policy here https://www.oakleatrust.co.uk/general_publications/environmental-policy/

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