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Oaklea Employee Conference


02nd Oct, 2015

A celebration of 25 years of Oaklea Trust was the theme for the Employee Conference on Thursday 1st October 2015 at the North Lakes Hotel in Penrith. Our special guest for the event was inspirational paralympian Stephen Miller who, in 1996, became Britain’s youngest ever Paralympic gold medallist at the Atlanta games.

“The coming year is a very special landmark for Oaklea and we’d like everyone to be part of it too!” says Oaklea Trust Director Sue Green of this year’s annual employee conference. “The theme of our celebration event is ‘Be Inspired’ and we invited 100 employees from across the organisation to join us.”

The Oaklea HR team formally launched the event in July 2015 with everyone within the organisation invited to apply for an exclusive silver ticket - the only way to secure their place!

The Employee Celebration was themed into Past, Present and Future.

For the ‘Past’ element, Sarah Jones and customers from Kendal gave a retrospective look at disability, along with inspirational stories from customers via video footage.

Sue Green gave a talk about the ‘Present’, including the Social Care Commitment - the social care sector’s promise to people who need care and support and our voluntary agreement about workforce quality, both of which Oaklea have fully subscribed to.

Our special guest for the event was inspirational paralympian Stephen Miller who, in 1996, became Britain’s youngest ever Paralympic gold medallist at the Atlanta games.

Stephen has since won two further Paralympics gold medals as well as establishing Smile Through Sport, providing sporting and educational opportunities for disadvantaged children.

Lunch provided an opportunity to muse around the Health & Well-Being Zone, with our fundraising team on hand to tell you about some great new events. We also invited everyone to share their ideas to help with our fundraising initiatives – something all charities like ours increasingly depend upon.

In the afternoon we were ‘Looking to the Future’ with our own take on Dragon’s Den. Teams and individuals attempted to win the £500 prize when they pitched their business idea to Oaklea’s “Dragons”.

Our big day closed with the Oaklea Employee of the Year Awards.

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