R2W Annual Report 2018 - Retaining our DNA

Profile: Right2Work, 08th Nov, 2018

Oaklea Trust Community Interest Company (CIC) Right2Work (R2W) has just released its Annual Report for 2018. It covers numerous highlights ranging from supporting disadvantaged people at a very personal level (like sorting the basics of life), to being a lead for recycling in Cumbria, to providing training and getting people back to work. There's a lot going on!

Chair Phil Shea is incredibly proud of what has been achieved by the team and partners and those R2W supports: “R2W is a growing and thriving organisation that carries out an increasingly diverse range of activities from a well organised and bustling centre. We are a Community Interest Company (CIC) and are part of the Oaklea Trust – as such it is in a fantastic position to further expand and develop. We are a successful business that makes a good working profit. This ‘realness’ is an essential characteristic of the organisation and is one of the things that enables it to work well in the diverse fields it operates in. These are exciting times at R2W as we look at the direction the company will go in whilst retaining its essential DNA. We strive to enhance the learning, well-being and involvement in the community. It is a pleasure and a privilege to serve as Chair.”

Achievements 2017/18 include:

  • R2W Furniture Warehouse diverted 125 tonnes away from landfill
  • 51 individuals gained paid employment through our support
  • 70.8% recycled/reused of all the bulky waste collected in South Lakeland as part of the bulky waste contract
  • Provided support to 293 individuals

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Directors of R2W Clive Wigley and Susan Wigley discuss future plans with Chair Phil Shea. Susan Wigley; “R2W is all about nurturing potential and the report clearly demonstrates the many things achieved in the past year. R2W is maturing as an organisation. To support its development more fully the Board of Directors are also reviewing the governance structure of the organisation and will ensure it is fit to take on these new challenges and exciting times ahead.”

This is Rebecca - she was on the R2W Supported Internship (SI) programme - run in partnership with the 4 Cumbria FE Colleges - a hugely successful programme for R2W -and something to build on for the future as it continues to grow. Watch this space.