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.
Claire Westmorland has recently transferred to R2W Employment Service after spending 19 years at the Oaklea Trust. During her time at Oaklea Claire had previously worked in the Employment Service for 10 years in various positions. One of her greatest achievements with the Employment Team, apart from securing numerous job opportunities for the hundreds of customers she has supported,was helping the Employment Team through an Ofsted Inspection on the Work Step programme, where they gained a good rating. Now she’s back – Claire is enjoying getting her teeth stuck into helping her colleagues to achieve some great outcomes for the many different customers we support.
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.
With a host of experience and a degree in Furniture Crafts John is supporting our Day opportunity Customers in developing their skills in furniture restoration and woodworking. With his expert tuition individuals have been able to learn and develop a range of new and useful skills at their own pace.
Employment Advisor (On Maternity Leave)
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.
Melissa has been with R2W since 2017 as a Journey2Work Advisor. She is helping people gain employment who would otherwise experience barriers in the way of getting into work. She has lots of experience with children/young adults and has travelled the world with Outward Bound teaching young people life skills. Previous jobs range from debt collector to kitchen designer. Melissa has lived and worked on 5 different continents and spent almost all of 2014 living under a tarp! (and admits to eating Kiwi fruit with the skin on).
Peter is an Employment Advisor and has been since 2017. He’s part of the Building Better Opportunities team (BBO), which helps people back into work. He was previously a teacher with 14 year experience and also worked at Westmorland General Hospital with the mental health service. Peter claims his biggest claim to fame is eating 5 packs of ‘Monster Munch’ in one sitting! (Please note other snack products are available).
Ann joined the R2W Employment team as Administrator in May 2018 offering support to the Building Better Opportunities team (BBO). She’s has many years experience in customer service and dealing with the public.
My name is Emilie Bradbury, I am a Job Coach based in Kendal on the Supported Internship scheme. I also teach dance and left QES (Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale) Sixth Form in 2017.
Kate has been with R2W from the start of 2018 -she’s an Employment Advisor working with the Journey2Work team. She has previously worked at the Job Centre in Barrow as a Job Coach so has many years of experience dealing with people and helping them to expand their knowledge and skills.
Job Coach, Workington
I have worked for R2W since October 2017 – before that I was with HMRC for 9 years as a tax advisor! I have 2 boys aged 7 and 3 and I enjoy the gym and walking and going on holiday!
Employment Advisor, West Cumbria
My name is Kaye Winfindale and I’ve been working with Oaklea since August 2017. I am an employment coach and in my spare time run a small pottery in Maryport.