PRESS RELEASE: New social enterprise, Oakleaf At Home
Oakleaf At Home – beautiful home accessories that help others.
We are extremely proud to be launching ‘Oakleaf At Home’– our brand-new social enterprise, offering an exclusive range of home accessories and gifts, alongside training and employment for Oakleaf clients.
Did you know?
- 43% of unemployed people have poor mental health (1)
- Over the next 3 years there could be 11% more mental health referrals every year costing between £1.1-£1.4 billion extra each year (2)
Oakleaf At Home offers a wide variety of products; from cards, tea towels, oven gloves to cushions and makeup bags, and every piece is crafted using original artwork created by people living with mental ill-health, Oakleaf clients.
All proceeds are re-invested into Oakleaf, supporting mental health, employment and wellbeing services for hundreds of local people every year.
Toni is one of our talented artists and upholsterers, delivering handmade cushions to you and others:
“Anxiety and depression have always been present in my life. Oakleaf’s Upholstery course gave me a focus, a routine and slowly I gained confidence, which made it possible to return to work. “
“Art has always been very cathartic and rewarding to me so when Oakleaf announced an art competition I duly entered. I was one of the successful participants which meant my artwork would be used for Oakleaf’s new social enterprise. This opened the door for a fantastic opportunity to become employed as an assistant with Oakleaf at Home.”
Our clients are at the heart of what we do; celebrating the creative talent of those who attend
Oakleaf every day for training and support and helping them to take their first steps back into the workplace.
Oakleaf At Home is a certified social enterprise and a member of the national trade body Social Enterprise UK. We represent one of more than 70,000 social enterprises across Britain, working to support vulnerable individuals struggling with mental ill-health in the Surrey community.
For more information and to shop the products, please visit: www.oakleafathome.com
Marguerite Idziak, Business Manager
Oakleaf is a mental health charity based in Guildford that supports adults aged 16-67 who are struggling with their mental health. We make it our number one priority to help combat mental ill-health by providing support for clients through work-related training, wellbeing activities, counselling, and emotional support both in-person and virtually, including art therapy, cooking & nutrition, fitness classes, choir, yoga, anxiety management workshops and many more.
Oakleaf also acts as a social enterprise, creating skill-based training for clients in garden maintenance and upholstery whilst also selling our services to the public, which enables the charity to generate additional income.