Peter has worked and managed Employment Services since 1998 and managed the successful development of The Furniture Warehouse since 2013 . A former senior manager of Royal Mencap’s employment and educations services with responsibility for quality and business development.
Peter has been involved in both regional and national service development including DWP, Ofsted, FE colleges and Cumbria & Lancashire County Councils initiatives. He is passionate about providing integrated and personalised work solutions for local people and Employers.
Andrew Foster has worked for the Employment Service in a number of management roles, since 1999. He has been involved in delivering multiple programmes of support for disabled and disadvantaged jobseekers. He is passionate about providing integrated and personalised work solutions. He is a native Cumbrian.
Jim has been with Oaklea and Right2Work since 2011, working in several services including Floating Support and NCI before transferring to the employment team in Dec ember2016. Prior to joining Oaklea, Jim worked in the Eden area supporting children and adults with a learning disability.
Jim is an Employment Tutor currently working on a project to deliver employment support to those with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis in North Lancashire and Furness.
Chris oversees all activities at the Furniture Warehouse, liaising with suppliers and ensuring compliance with contracts (such as that with SLDC). Chris has a close working relationship with Adult Social Services to develop the best possible working experience for our Day Placement customers.
Paul has been with Right2Work from the beginning, in 2011, and has worked for Oaklea Trust since 2003. As a Project Co-ordinator Paul is responsible for maintaining a safe and supportive environment for our Day Opportunity Customers, encouraging them to develop new skills and successfully interact within the community. By undertaking quarterly reviews with our customers Paul ensures that they are able to progress.
Chris supports our Day Opportunity Customers in the development of new skills. Ensuring everyone works within health and safety guidelines Chris supports our customers to interact with each other and the wider community. Through regular reviews Chris ensures that our customers are making successful progress whilst undertaking a range of tasks at The Furniture Warehouse.
Rachel is a qualified AMUSF Upholsterer and she teaches these skills to our Day Placement Customers. Under her guidance our customers are able to learn the techniques to successfully reupholster and refurbish furniture items. Rachel also supports our customers through an externally accredited course allowing them to gain a recognised qualification for their work.
Scott has been at The Furniture Warehouse since 2015 teaching our Day Opportunity Customers correct and safe working practices. Scott works alongside our customers successfully supporting them to learn new tasks and develop their skills, charting their progress through regular reviews.
Domestic Appliance Engineer
As a qualified electrical engineer Kevin is able to support our Day Placement Customers through the processes required to refurbish pre-owned domestic appliances such as washing machines and electric cookers. Under his guidance our customers are successfully expanding their knowledge and skill base and Kevin tests all of the electrical products that we sell to ensure their compliance with safety standards.
Eugene Pillay has worked for the Oaklea Trust since 2016. Eugene currently works as an Employment Tutor assisting adults diagnosed with ASD in finding employment. Eugene is also a qualified Speech and Language Therapist. He is a passionate, driven individual who focuses on a person-centred approach to practice.
Imogen is an employment Advisor at Right2Work, she started as part of the new team in December and is working on the “Journey to Work” programme which is supporting people who experience barriers to employment.
Imogen moved to Kendal in December after working in York as a HR and Recruitment Advisor, she has lots of experience in employment and uses her skills and knowledge from recruitment to help find people employment .
Vicky joined the Right2work Employment team since December 2016 as team administrator on a part-time basis, offering support to the Journey2work service & Autism service. Vicky has recently changed roles to become one of our employment advisors.
Greg has worked for Oaklea since 2011 and recently joined the Right2Work team. In his previous role, Greg provided help and guidance for people experiencing difficulties with housing and tenancy issues. Nowadays, Greg helps people to find employment based on their individual skills, and focuses on removing whatever barriers stand in the way of someone finding a meaningful job. Greg is currently training as a counsellor.