Station House, Station Road, Kendal
Cumbria LA9 6SA
Jeff Smith, a Lifestyle Co-ordinator from Barnard Castle, County Durham won the 2017 Employee of the Year award for the sheer amount of extra hours he puts in on a voluntary basis. Jeff has also engaged customers at Oaklea into getting involved in fundraising and the wider local community. Jeff can often be spotted out & about with his trusty 4 legged friend - flask and cake based bribes optional!
Jeff started with Oaklea in 2008, when he began working on the relief team. “I worked at different houses with different customers, but eventually I found a niche in Barnard Castle, where I developed a particularly close working relationship with Kit and Kev. I have supported these customers for a number of years paid and unpaid with great pleasure. Their self-help skills are excellent and they have a high profile in the local community. Kit in particular works at a riding school for the disabled, a local animal refuge centre and a local charity shop. He has achieved ‘fame’ at the special Olympics with his swimming and they both enjoy a game of snooker. I supported both to attend their local church and they have a good rapport with Jonathon the vicar. The church is always looking for willing helpers to keep it tidy and fund raise and Kit is very adept at clearing out birds nests in the belfry!....
Here you can see Jeff clutching his award presented to him in July 2018 by Oaklea CEO Clive Wigley -both being ably supported by Kit!
Also we have our car boot sale over August bank holiday and this is attended by all the local villagers. Kit has not missed one in the last 5 years and he gets involved erecting the marquee, working in the refreshment tent and collecting money at the gate. I will often collect him to help deliver church mags and then on for a game of snooker, what better way to spend a summer evening.”
Our Good Neighbours programme matches people with a few hours to spare, with people in the community who need a helping hand.
It is run through our partnership with the Neighbourhood Care Independence Programme and aims to reduce isolation and loneliness.
A whole range of volunteer opportunities are available. Training and on-going support will be provided.
Get in touch today, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call on 01539 735025.
You can volunteer at the Furniture Warehouse, which is run by Oaklea subsidiary, R2W. If you would like to get involved with the Furniture Warehouse, if you can give some of your time and use your skills to help people in your community. Training and on-going support will be provided.
“Our aim is to ensure that customers are enabled to widen their experiences within a safe and supportive environment and that those individuals are supported in recognising, developing, and maintaining their own potential. Through our established and positive systems, R2W is able to provide effective assistance, guidance and training that would support an individual to enter and maintain paid employment.”
Please call our Customer Advice Team on 01539 735025 for more information.
(Above) Oaklea & R2W Teams talking to people about volunteering at a Cumbria CVS event
Riversiders Trust run leisure activities for people with learning disabilities where they can meet in a happy, safe and non-threatening environment. Riversiders is a club for people aged 18 and over, who meet on a Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm at the Kendal day centre. The Riversiders have their own management committee and are encouraged to develop their life skills by running the club themselves.
Steps is a club for people aged 11 to 19, with learning disabilities. Activities encourage people to lead activities, use their skills, and build their confidence.
If you would like to get involved with either the Riversiders, or Steps, contact us on email@example.com. You can also see our Riversiders volunteer role information here.
Full steam ahead - Riversiders on a trip to Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway