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‘Disability Confident’ Award to Enrych
We are delighted to announce that Enrych has been awarded the ‘Disability Confident’ accreditation (Level 2). This government award reflects our continuing commitment to enabling employment for disabled people.
‘We are delighted to receive this award as a sign of our commitment to enabling disabled people in the workplace” says Enrych CEO Gina King
Enryching lives for over 30 years
Enrych is a charity that supports disabled people to enjoy active and independent lives.
Everyone has the right to enjoy life and make choices about what they do. However, many people with disabilities face barriers every day that can limit their choices or independence and may lead to isolation or depression.
Looking beyond disability
Enrych helps people identify what would make a real difference in their lives (especially through leisure and learning opportunities) and then we find ways to help make it happen. This might be a volunteer partnership, an activity group, Enrych social events or through one-to-one support.
We support people to tailor their own service and have the opportunity to
- Increase self confidence
- Develop independence
- Meet people with the same interests
- Reduce social isolation
- Improve fitness, emotional health and well-being
- Have fun
- Connect, engage and enjoy life in the community
“Having the confidence to use the computer independently has opened up a whole new world and I am so grateful” Enrych member
Enrych supports over 1,800 people every year
Every year, Enrych makes a difference to the lives of over 1,800 disabled people and their families.
We do this through our volunteer partnership projects, social progammes and direct support to individuals through our Enrych Assist Personal Assistant service.
Enrych Support in our members’ words…
I would not have gone on holiday if it hadn’t been for Enrych
Thanks to my volunteer, on days when I feel low, I have a lovely garden to view
The name fits perfectly with me – it has ‘enriched’ my life!
Enrych Support in the words of our member’s families and carers…
I can’t thank you enough, this means so much to us
M would never be doing these things if it wasn’t for Enrych
C feels privileged to have visitors – you are the only ones who see him
What our clients say about having an Enrych Assist Personal Assistant…
Definitely made a positive difference to my life
Very helpful, understanding and supportive
Enrych changed my world. Helped me to go out
I would never be able to do what I do, and would never have had the same opportunities if I hadn’t got my own PA
Encouraging volunteering and supporting disabled volunteers
At Enrych, we support and train over 430 volunteers every year
What our volunteers say about Enrych
I love volunteering for Enrych. It’s nice to know I can make a real difference to someone’s life and has made me definitely appreciate my life more
Delighted to hear J is enjoying it as I’m having great fun!
It’s always a pleasure, a lot of fun and very rewarding. I would recommend volunteering with Enrych to anyone!
We actively encourage disabled people to volunteer, and 10% of our volunteers have a disability.
Enrych volunteers contribute over 14,000 hours every year directly supporting disabled people.
Our volunteers are the life blood of Enrych, and we want to thank each and every one of them.
Victoria’s London Marathon challenge for Enrych Oxfordshire
|Huge thanks to Victoria who is running the London Marathon on 23rd April this year on behalf of Enrych Oxfordshire.
All the best for your training Victoria, and good luck on the big day!
Victoria says “After relocating to Thame for a new job I saw an advert to become a volunteer for Enrych. The advert mentioned a young girl of a similar age to myself with Cerebral Palsy who would like to go out for a coffee and a chat, maybe a trip to the cinema, or even shopping from time to time. Not knowing many people in the area, I thought it would be a great opportunity to meet people and give something back to the community. Over three years later, it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I have gained an amazing friend, and thoroughly enjoy our trips out. In contrast to the ad, we discovered coffee isn’t our thing – we’re both hot chocolate lovers and have enjoyed many of these in the pub together! In the summer we venture out for long walks in the fresh air, putting the world to rights. I didn’t realise how much it would change my life, but meeting A has inspired me greatly. I am really proud of everything she’s achieved and can think of no better charity to fundraise for!
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Enrychers in Pictures – the bigger picture
We asked our teams around the country to nominate people in Enrych who had made a real difference to other people’s lives. ‘Enrycher’ Awards were presented at our national Enrych Day.
This month our picture features Buckinghamshire co-ordinators Jenny and Beth, collecting the award on behalf of the Buckinghamshire team.
As the nominators said “We don’t feel we can single out any individual over another but we want to recognise the enormous contribution of all our volunteers, including our trustees – so this award is for the entire Bucks team.”
We so agree, and are delighted to see a team being recoqnised in this way.
Jenny and Beth are receiving the award from Rob, who as volunteer has done a huge amount of work to help us develop our marketing strategy. We’ve seen this bear fruit all through 2016 with our 30th anniversary innitiatives. Indeed it was Rob who came up with the tag ‘Enrychers in Pictures’ Thank you Rob!
If you have enjoyed our Enrycher videos on YouTube then you may remember Vince (Enrych Member) and Pete (Enrych Volunteer. As our video shows, they both got a lot out of their time together.
We are so sorry to hear that Vince passed away on 1 January 2017 and we send our condolences to Vince’s family. We offer this video as a tribute to a brave and remarkable man, who showed such humour and resilience while facing serious illness.
Enrych at 30 – a look back at the year
What an amazing year it has been for Enrych
Click here to see our newsletter featuring a look back at a year of events and celebrations to mark our 30th birthday. Thank you all for a truly memorable year. Look out for the video!
Christmas Greetings from all of us at Enrych
May we wish all our Enrychers, clients, members and friends of Enrych a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for your hard work and support throughout the year.
Opening hours over the festive period:
* Honiley office will be closed on 26 Dec, 27 Dec and 2 Jan – open all other days from 9 – 5pm
* Coalville office will be closed between 26 Dec and 2 Jan, except for Thursday 29th Dec from 9 – 4pm
* For other branch opening times – please refer to your branch co-ordinator
Artwork created by Enrych clients in our Art Group at The Marlene Reid Centre, Coalville, Leicestershire