Friends, Romans, Countrymen - Oaklea hails Learning Disability Work Week

Profile: Right2Work, 21st Nov, 2019

This week our Right2Work (R2W) CIC 'Work & Learn' Team have been marking National 'Learning Disability Work Week' (18-22 Nov).

Hands up if you think our team at R2W do a good job…..

Above you can see one of the young people R2W supports - Dom - with his R2W Employment Adviser Grant Huck (Dom and Grant are on the 2nd row up in the centre). Grant tells us more about what’s going on; “Here is Dom on the Supported Internship Scheme - at Furness General Hospital. He’s at this months NHS Staff Induction Day on Monday. Aaron Cummins the NHS CEO for Morecambe Bay, likes to take what he calls a ‘Rollercoaster Face’ photo of all new staff at the inductions. Senior staff from the NHS were in attendance discussing NHS values and kindly took the time to meet Dom and wish him the very best on his NHS Internship journey. Dom starts his placement shortly and will be working between the DSU (Day Surgery Unit) and the Plaster room dealing with patient care and staff support in his health care assistant role.”

Earlier in the week Dom was doing some woodworking activity with his R2W Job Coach Sarah.

Elsewhere to mark “Learning disabilities work week” we have some more examples of the support R2W offers young people to help get them into the world of work. R2W Employment Adviser Claire Round: “Karl has started at a local garage in the Barrow area where during his first few days he has assisted with removing and replacing a radiator in a Nissan. He is learning how to complete this process, clean the components and repair it ready to fit back in. He is really enjoying his placement.”

And in Carlisle we have Kieron who has been proper ‘busted’ as a Gallery Assistant at Tullie House Museum. He has divided his time between the Roman Gallery & the Border Gallery plus the Exhibition Area which currently is running a Turner & Rembrandt exhibition!

R2W Employment Tutor Jim Thorburn: “Our Supported Internship team in Carlisle established a link with Tullie House and got Kieron a job placement as a Gallery Assistant. He assists in the Museum wherever he is required and in a very short period of time has become something of an expert on Carlisle’s Roman history as well as that of the Reivers and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Kieron has thrived in the atmosphere of Tullie House and loves helping visitors and colleagues alike.”

Excellent effort all round - if you want to know more about what our Team get up to go to

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