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:

  • Community
  • Learning
  • Wellbeing

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

What does Right2Work do?

  • Works with people with learning disabilities and complex needs
  • Community-based public service, providing waste solutions based in Kendal
  • Undertakes approx 1,700 bulky waste collections per year
  • Collects approx 5,300 items per year
  • Runs a successful community Hub and whole-food cafe in the rural Eden Valley
  • Operates a property & general maintenance enterprise for South Cumbria, Eden Valley & North Lancashire

Learning and Skills offered by Right2Work:

  • General workplace skills
  • Delivery and collection
  • Recycling
  • Furniture refurbishing
  • Upholstery
  • Domestic appliance maintenance and repair
  • Woodworking
  • Retail
  • Employability

Find out more about us from our Annual Reports:

2018-19 – Annual Report (Published October 2019)

R2W Annual Report 2019 210x210_WEB

2017-18 – Annual Report (Published October 2018)


2016-17 – Annual Report 

R2W Annual Report 2017 – web friendly

Governance of R2W

R2W is a wholly owned subsidiary of the registered charity The Oaklea Trust. We have a Board of R2W Directors from a wide range of backgrounds and skills. It is a CIC – Community Interest Company (see below for more on CIC’s).

As with any other company, the directors of a CIC occupy an important position of trust and company law imposes on them a range of duties.

The directors are responsible for ensuring that the CIC meets its statutory and other obligations.

All directors of CICs have a primary duty to advance the community
purpose, in addition to their other responsibilities as company directors,
as laid out in the Companies Act 2006 and Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004 and Regulations 2005. Stakeholder involvement is therefore essential for the company to learn and understand how it is meeting community need and how it can improve and develop.

To find out more on what Directors must do at CIC’s – have a look at this document produced in 2015 that outlines their responsibilities etc.

Governance for Community Interest Companies

R2W Directors are:

Philip Shea (Chair)

Dr Jane Williams

Clive Wigley

Catherine Grimes

Susan Wigley

What is a Community Interest Company?

Right2Work is a community interest company (CIC).

This is a type of company introduced by the UK government in 2005 under the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004, designed for social enterprises that want to use their profits and assets for the public good.

As a social enterprise, a community interest company is a business with primary social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business, or in the wider community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.

CICs tackle a wide range of social and environmental issues and operate in all parts of the economy. By using business solutions to achieve public good, it is believed that CICs have a distinct and valuable role to play in helping create a strong, sustainable and socially inclusive economy.