Preparation for Adulthood

More information about our Preparation for Adulthood programme to follow shortly as this is being developed in conjunction with Cumbria County Council and NHS

This is a useful infographic that CCC have produced – R2W are part of this journey.


Across R2W we already work on preparation for adulthood across some of our existing projects. At the moment we are working on launching a setting in Kendal in the South Lakes (the aim is for this to start in late 2021) This will be branded ‘Learning 2 Live’.

What is Learning 2 Live?

In response to a need for more options for young people with learning disabilities in transition from school to adulthood; Right2Work/Oaklea has developed a unique concept, “Learning 2 Live.”

For young people with learning disabilities the option to attend residential college away from home, after finishing school, can be a daunting one. Funding can be agreed for just one year at a time for courses that normally last up to 3 years, and places on such courses are limited.

There are no longer any residential colleges within the county of Cumbria and young people and their families are finding themselves attending colleges such as Beaumont (Lancaster) and Dilston (Hexham); some distance from home.

The young people who are lucky enough to attend residential college often find that at the end of their course they return to their family home.

Our Learning 2 Live project is an alternative to a residential college and takes learning a step further by equipping young people with the skills to live independently.  The aim is that after they complete the programme they do not return home but instead can live in the community as independently as possible.

Young people with learning disabilities will enrol as ‘learners’ in our project and they will live together in a shared house where they will engage in the Learning 2 Live programme for approximately 3 years; similar in length to the residential college option.

Find out more here in our current brochure Learning2Live Brochure WEB

How will the L2L Programme work?

The programme focuses on achieving independence within three broad theme areas:

  • managing a home
  • managing oneself
  • engaging in the community

The programme works by bringing one team together in collaboration:

  • a specialist provider of support including independent living skills – Oaklea
  • a provider of specialist employment and learning support – Right2Work C.I.C who are a wholly owned subsidiary of Oaklea and a registered centre to deliver Open Awards qualifications
  • a provider of further education – for example Kendal and / or Barrow College
  • a Housing provider for specialist accommodation provision

What we are doing

Learning 2 Live - Kendal

We are working with Cheshire based ‘Signature Supported Housing’ to develop this. In early 2020 we agreed the way forward.

Rakehead - Ulverston

Our Ulverston project started in early 2020 and was on hold briefly due to Covid19 – but by Summer 2020 was up & running.

For more information click here

Life skills at R2W

Here at R2W we offer sessions on ‘Life skills’ – these are held at our Kendal Mintsfeet base and can include things like how to make your bed, washing clothes etc. We have a purpose built room for this.

The work here has attracted high profile visits – like this from representatives of Cumbria Community Foundation (CCF) and Westmorland Family Ltd in January 2020 (below)

And the then High Sheriff of Cumbria in October 2018 (below).

Our Employment Team are also able to assist with job skills, writing a CV and what the world of work can involve.

Outdoor Learning

As part of our offer we will also be working in conjunction with other local partners to showcase the ‘outdoor learning’ environment option.

Lowther Castle Estates

We have a good relationship with the team at Lowther – earlier this year we held an employability awards to recognise the achievements of learners – using horticulture and outdoor learning to increase life skills and so forth.

Learner Robert enjoyed seeing examples of his work on display.

People stories - Jen & Andy

Jen & Andy are a great example of the work R2W and Oaklea have done both in terms of employment and training and making the transition to having their own tenancy.

Earlier in 2020 we followed them into their first home – read their story here

For details on any of the Right2Work Preparation for Adulthood programmes, please get in touch on 01539 885 055 or email our employment team at: