Right2Work (R2W) is a growing and thriving organisation that carries out an increasingly diverse range of activities from a well organised and bustling centre. We are a Community Interest Company (CIC) and are part of the Oaklea Trust (Oaklea Group) – as such it is in a fantastic position to further expand and develop.
Our long term strategy is built around 3 key elements:
One of our central activities is the recycling of donated goods that comes from the bulky waste contract with South Lakeland District Council (SLDC). This contract has been renewed (2018) and will provide an excellent basis for the future as well as a steady supply of furniture for our superb Furniture Warehouse.
We draw our customer base from a range of younger people with learning disabilities who have maybe struggled to find appropriate employment and training. We use a range of contracts with the Department of Work and Pensions, local authorities and other organisations. The result is young people who really feel valued in the workplace and training environment.
R2W is also involved in the running of the Appleby Hub and presents a range of work and training experiences in the catering and hospitality areas. This is another aspect of our work – really getting stuck in to supporting all aspects of the local community.
In the Spring of 2019 we launched a brand new initiative – Community Works. This is a property and general maintenance service. Over the next 3 years we aim to take on around 40 learners. The objective being to provide a supported vocational environment – all learners will work towards a qualification.
We are a successful business that makes a good working profit. This ‘realness’ is an essential characteristic of the organisation and is one of the things that enables it to work well in the diverse fields it operates in.
These are exciting times at R2W as we look at the direction the company will go in whilst retaining its essential DNA. We strive to enhance the learning, well-being and involvement in the community. It is a pleasure and a privilege to serve as Chair.
Philip Shea, Chair