There’s a new Sheriff in town….and he’s got a R2W.

R2W Regional Manager Peter Bradbury explaining how the project works – with the aid of a brew!

Right2Work (R2W) has had a special visit from the High Sheriff of Cumbria – his posse also included key Trustees from the Cumbria Community Foundation (CCF) – one of the main funders of R2W. They were seeing at first hand where the money goes and why the project has been so successful over many years in getting disadvantaged people into work, training and learning life skills.

The visit took place at R2W main base at the Mintsfeet Industrial Estate in Kendal (R2W works across the County). Simon Berry – the High Sheriff- is also the boss of English Lakes Hotels. He and CCF Trustees were given a guided tour by R2W Regional Manager Peter Bradbury. Some of the many activities they saw included the recycling work where sofas are stripped for their wood.

Backs to the wall – High Sheriff Simon Berry (in the middle with chain of office) and CCF Trustees and R2W Peter & Claire

The role of Sheriff goes back a long way and in the Middle Ages was primarily the representative of Royalty and responsible for ensuring the local populace coughed up their taxes. The current day role is more about giving back to the community…and there was little doubt from Sheriff Simon and the CCF Trustees that R2W is the very embodiment of that principle.

CCF Trustees up close and personal in upholstery corner

Duncan having a well earned rest after starting to break down a sofa for recycling

The visitors were shown there’s a lot to R2W – the project also teaches life skills – this can include what many take for granted – like doing the ironing or making a bed.

The VIP guests are shown the nerve centre of the bulky waste operation – the whiteboard that marks out all the collections & deliveries done across South Lakeland.

There’s also an upholstering project – upcycling abandoned soft furnishing. It’s all re done and put on sale in the R2W Furniture Warehouse. Simples!