Profile: Right2Work, 14th May, 2018
Council praises Oaklea Social Enterprise arm, Right2Work (R2W) thanks to waste contract that transforms lives. R2W have recently secured the contract to remove unwanted furniture and household goods and at the same time continue helping disabled and disadvantaged people.
South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) has extended its bulky waste contract with R2W, which offers training, learning and work opportunities. Today SLDC’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Jonathan Brook, said: “It’s a success story which is a win, win, win for all involved. It’s a win for families who want to dispose of items which they no longer want, a win for those with learning difficulties who gain valuable work skills and a win by reducing the impact on the environment.The council is delighted to maintain its support for R2W, helping it to continue its excellent work collecting and recycling unwanted furniture and goods from across the district and transforming people’s lives.”
Households pay a collection fee of £30 to have up to three unwanted items collected. Two vans are used, six days a week, making up to 150 collections every month.
Peter Bradbury, R2W Manager, said:“Meaningful learning no longer involves people with learning difficulties doing jigsaws and painting.The council’s bulky waste contract is a vehicle for us to offer training. Here they physically get involved in recycling around 70% of everything that is collected. They learn about delivery, collection and customer service skills and much more.It is all about offering meaningful activity, encouraging them to work together and boosting their confidence. For many of them the end goal is achieving sustainable employment.”
In 2017, R2W successfully helped 27 disabled or disadvantaged people into paid work.
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