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Wheels in motion for Carers Week!

This week is National Carers Week – and to mark it & celebrate those who care for those we support we have some lovely tales from across Oaklealand!

This year the theme is ‘Putting Carers on the Map’ – think these folks certainly do that with various routes to good care!


Trevor is good to go!

To get the story moving…


Oaklea’s Sandra Wells & Tom Thompson from Northumberland tell us all about Trevor: “After several delays and lots of perseverance from Tom, our Trevor has finally received his new van and is over the moon.”


Talking of ‘wheely’ good things

In Spennymoor, County Durham – Alan is well chuffed to get his new wheelchair.


“The chair is a fantastic thing for Alan. You can see him above with his key workers Gareth Cleasby and myself Kay Berriman. We have been his key workers for just over a year and it’s lovely to see Alan reach his goals we make together – and to continue to support his independence and his ability to enjoy trips out in the community.” Kay Berriman from Oaklea, Spennymoor!

“Alan can be seen above on a visit to wheelchair services with his keyworker Gareth and my good self. We went to get a specifically adapted tray fitted to his wheelchair so we can enjoy more trips out. Due to his wheelchair being so big we struggle to get it under tables in restaurants. Now the world is his oyster and he is so happy!” Kay Berriman


Paige turner you say!

Caring moves in a different way elsewhere in Spennymoor.

“This is our new apprentice Paige Monaghan. Paige is 16 and I believe she is the first in County Durham to have an apprenticeship with Oaklea. Our customer, Susan has achieved one of her goals of wanting a sensory box. As you can see Paige is helping her achieve her goal by using the visual aids, this helps to calm Susan and relax her.” Kay Berriman, Oaklea


Huge well done to Paige for starting her journey with Oaklea Trust and joining a nation of carers!

Here you can see some of the visual aids Paige and the team are using with Susan.


Claire’s caring trip hits the slot

Sometimes caring is also about just doing everyday things and ensuring those we support make the most of life. Here you can see Oaklea’s Claire DW and Kyle in the heart of the Lakes at Bowness this weekend

Claire: “Kyle had a great time on the arcade slot machines then we went for a walk. Kyle had a well deserved drink afterwards!”




Find out more

National Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

Learn about Carers Week here If you want to join us – why not see our latest vacancies or register your interest here

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