[R]ight2Work have saved the equivalent to 10 double decker buses, or 120 tonnes from going to landfill last year, through vital support from Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire.
Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire is proud to continue sponsorship for the Oaklea Trust, Right2Work project, having done so for the 4th year running. Stagecoach has kindly given £3,750 towards the vehicles used at The Furniture Warehouse in Kendal.
R2W offer a number of work and learning opportunities for people across Cumbria and Lancashire. Through a wide range of learning and development opportunities, their dedicated team work with over 200 people each year.
The Furniture Warehouse offers day opportunity work training schemes for local people who are disabled or disadvantaged. It provides people with the environment and support to learn new skills, understand the world of work and enable progression to sustainable employment opportunities.
The Furniture Warehouse collect and recycle unwanted furniture from residents throughout South Cumbria. Through sales, refurbishing and recycling Right2Work have diverted items destined for waste away from landfill and last year alone over 120 tonnes of waste was saved from entering landfill sites. To put this into context this is the same amount as 10 double decker buses and well on their way to achieve similar results this year.
Pete Bradbury Regional Manager for Right2Work said “the sponsorship that Stagecoach support Right2work with is invaluable as this has enabled us to support local disabled and disadvantaged people across Cumbria. The sponsorship helps us with providing vital tools, equipment and clothing for our trainees. Over the past 12 months we have diverted 125 tonnes of waste away from landfill and also supported 27 people into paid employment a win win all round!”
Richard Martin Operation Manager for Stagecoach Kendal said “Our values are built around growth and sustainability because it is right for not only our business and customers but our planet. The choices we all make every day affect our planet; climate change shows how fragile it has become. By reducing our local environmental impacts and increased recycling we have seen a dramatic impact in Kendal.
Together with R2W we have turned our shared responsibility into a positive shared future, supporting the local community and helping those who need assistance into the workplace. We’ll continue to increase awareness of our partnership in the local area and look forward to future sponsorship events”
Stagecoach and their staff like to get involved in charitable activities across the UK, previously launching the country’s first long-term nationwide discount for jobseekers by giving those with a JobCentre Plus travel card a 50% discount on their bus travel. Since 2012 the initiative has benefitted over 51,181 job seekers in Cumbria & North Lancashire alone.