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If you want to know what Oaklea is really about, strip it back to its bare essentials - we’re all about people.

Covid19 asked big questions - the answer is 42

“During the Coronavirus lockdown our teams have done a fantastic job, continuing to provide the highest standards of care and support to our customers and learners. The easing of lockdown has allowed us to open up recruitment and take on new projects in both Kendal and County Durham. We have had the opportunity to recruit and introduce many new employees to our fantastic teams. From July to September we have recruited 42 new employees into many different areas of the charity, Supported Living, registered Care Homes, Homecare and Right2work. It has been great to see so many new faces join our teams and to support our local communities with opportunities for employment. A huge welcome to all our new team members!” Stephen Parkinson, HR Team

We’re very proud of how, every day, we help transform so many different lives in a multitude of ways.

Here’s Paul speaking in Summer 2019 he supports a group of adults in Ferryhill, County Durham. He’s developed a real bond with the guys he’s with - its definitely not just a job to him - no wonder he’s been with us for a long time:

And this is Liv - she has a double life (!) - she supports people in South Lakeland and combines this role with leading our Customer Advice Team at Station House (the main point of contact for our customers, stakeholders etc) -it means she sees how our work impacts on customers lives in many ways. She says she gets a lot out of working for Oaklea:

The mechanics of our organisation mean there are lots of important people in the background (mostly unseen by those whose day to day living depends on us) making sure Oaklea delivers its promises, but our focus and motivation is always for the people we assist.

Our teams operate throughout the North of England, covering an area from Nottingham and Cheshire up to Cumbria, Northumberland and the Borders.

INVESTORS IN PEOPLE 2018-2021 -We have also secured our IIP status 2018-2021.

Oaklea’s annual Investors in People (IIP) review was carried out in September 2019. A selection of employees and Managers from Oaklea and Right2work were interviewed by Ian Hartley from IIP.

HR Manager, Helen Shaw: “Oaklea have maintained their IIP standard accreditation and this resonates with the hard work put in by our employees. The IIP review was a very positive one highlighting the work Oaklea and R2W do in line with our mission statement, values and workplace behaviours. The review of current objectives were discussed and future actions put in place for the IIP 2020 review.

Key recommendations to take forward are enhancing two way communication between employees and Managers, further guidance for employees to prepare for annual Performance and Achievement reviews and further promotion to employees of the Sovereign Healthcare Cash Plan. New developments are Oaklea’s health and wellbeing strategy and identify wellbeing champions within the organisation. Champions to be developed across the organisation as a whole to include the expansion of Champions in the following areas: Dignity, Induction and Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). We are developing the key recommendations as outlined in Oaklea’s IIP report and we will be taking forward these forward into 2020.”

On 12 December 2019 two of the team from R2W Community Works mounted the IIP plaque outside our HQ


25 November - Our HR team we’re busy at the weekend promoting opportunities at Oaklea to students at Kendal College.Here you can see Stephen Parkinson ready to take on all comers as he extolled the merits of the new Oaklea Apprentice Academy launching in Feb 2020. “It was good to meet tutors and students who might get involved with the Apprentice Academy if they’re doing a Health & Social Care course. It was a great opportunity to spread the word about our plans.”

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