News and Events
Changing Places – better facilities for disabled people at UK airports
We’ve recently been contacted about Changing Places:
What is a Changing Place?
As part of recent upgrades, more UK airports have addressed the increasing need to offer a changing area for disabled passengers and their carers to use. These facilities are called Changing Places.
Changing Places are usually more spacious and fitted with advanced equipment, such as a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist; they provide disabled users, family members and carers a private, comfortable and hygienic space.
Changing Places is also a campaign on behalf of people who are unable to use standard accessible toilets.
To get a list of all Changing Places in UK airports, click here (takes you to an external website)
Disability benefits information event
On Thursday 9th July we gratefully welcomed a member of Bucks Disability Service to Enrych Bucks, for a presentation on the changes to disability benefits. Here is a summary of the information for those who couldn’t make it.
Each of the sections presented can be found here http://buds.org.uk/changes-to-disability-benefits/
Another useful website is http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/how-we-can-help/benefits-information/factsheets/factsheets-alphabetical-order who have factsheets on benefits and much more.
Citizens Advice also have some information on their website https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/sick-or-disabled-people-and-carers/benefits-for-people-who-are-sick-or-disabled/ they can offer further support through contacting your local Bureau Aylesbury, High Wycombe,
For support in completing an application the following may be able to help:
Bucks Adult Social Care or by phone 01296 383204
Age UK (if you are over 60 years old or over 55 years old and have a disability) 01296 431911
Co-ordinator – Enrych Swindon & Wiltshire
|Job Title:||Co-ordinator Enrych Swindon & Wiltshire|
|Office Location:||SEQOL, North Swindon District Centre, Thamesdown Drive, Swindon SN25 4AN with potential for some home working|
|Geographical Remit:||Swindon area|
|Salary:||£19,742 – £21,918 full time (£9,025 – £10,020 pro rata) dependent on experience|
|Hours of Work:||16 hours per week, flexible working available|
About the role
We are looking for someone to develop and manage our services in the Swindon area in the following ways:
- Delivering person focused services to adults with a disability
- Working with key agencies
- Working as part of the Enrych team
- Working to the Enrych model and standards
This is an exciting and flexible role for a self-motivated person who is passionate about placing disabled people’s needs first and looking for development in the charitable sector.
It offers unique opportunities to improve the lives of disabled people living in the Swindon and Wiltshire area. The role would suit a self-starter, someone who is looking to develop their skills or someone seeking flexible working arrangements. As the role involves working independently it offers considerable scope for successful applicants to use their own initiative and creativity in completing tasks.
Successful applicants will be given training relevant to the role.
Please send a CV and covering letter of minimum 500 words and no more than 1,000 words to Applicants are also required to complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and the Cautions, Rehabilitation and Criminal Records Form (below) and return alongside their CV and Covering Letter.
To contact us,
Closing date for applications is 12 noon on 14 September 2015
Applicants will be notified on 16th September 2015 if they have been shortlisted for interview
Interviews will take place in Swindon – date TBC.
Charity Summer Fayre – 13th June 2015
Charity Summer Fayre – Saturday 13th June at Christ Church, London Road, Coalville
A truly amazing day with some very positive outcomes for all involved. Even the weather couldn’t stop us !! Thank you to all that attended to support us and contributed to a grand total of £110 for a great charity
Oxfordshire Summer Newsletter 2015
Yes, the latest newsletter is hot off the press! Find out what Coralie did and why she’s going to Scotland, read Elaine’s story, get all the dates for upcoming social events
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Volunteer story… Robbie
Robbie joined us in June 2014 looking to support Neelam attend the gym regularly. Robbie came to us to enable him to fulfil his desire to become a personal trainer and felt volunteering in the gym would help him gain the experience and confidence to pursue this. Neelam a member of ours was looking for someone to motivate and support her in the gym, so the partnership works well for both of them. Robbie was looking for a little support in arranging sessions and there structure with Neelam due to a head injury causing him difficulties with planning. We were able to assist with this to begin with until Robbie felt comfortable taking control and the pair met regularly for 6 months helping Neelam to increase her fitness and manage her fatigue.
Robbie has since then supported another of our members to start going to the gym regularly by helping with motivation and guidance, knowing that she has a friendly face to meet her and accompany around the gym. Robbie has now joined an Instructability course where he is training for a fitness qualification, he has also been offered a part time position at the local gym. Well done Robbie!
Volunteer story… Richard and Tony
Richard joined us in December 2014 as a volunteer to give something back to the community. He had found his world thrown upside down after having a stroke, most of all when returning home and trying to rebuild his life. He was keen to support other people deal with the changes he faced and see the positives he has through community groups and activities.
We paired Richard up with a new member Tony, who was feeling isolated since a stroke has restricted his mobility and he spends a lot of time indoors. We arranged for the pair to meet at Tony’s, although it was quite difficult for Richard to access Tony’s house due to steps and narrow doorways, Richard did well getting in with support of his wife Helen. They had a great chat, realising the pair got on very well we planned to meet again occasionally when both chaps could arrange transport to avoid the difficulty of accessing Tony’s house. They have been chatting on the phone in the meantime and plan to have meet ups in town, Tony using a fair4all taxi service who have been really helpful and Richard using dial a ride.
Enrych Oxfordshire’s summer trip 2015
Enrych Oxfordshire had a lovely outing in Portsmouth last week with some of the group going up the Spinnaker Tower (very brave – it’s very high up!), some visiting the Historic Dockyard and others shopping.
Many members, with different disabilities, were able to go and enjoy the sunny weather and bright company.
Adult Social Care in Warwickshire – your views count
Adult Social Care Engagement Week – June 2015
Warwickshire County Council are reviewing the future of adult social care services with a focus on quality to ensure people are getting the right care, in the right place at the right time.
From Monday 22 June to Friday 26 June 2015, council staff will be talking to as many people as possible about their experiences of using a range of adult social care services.
They want to hear the views of people who are using home care, residential and nursing care home services to find out what they think of their current services and how things can be improved.
They also want to speak to informal carers to find out more about the support they receive and the help they need.
To raise awareness of the week, surveys will be available at GP surgeries and pharmacies and council staff will be at the county’s hospitals, residential & nursing care homes to speak to people who are using these services, as well as surveys being delivered to home care customers in their own homes.
Or you can go on line to: https://askwarks.wordpress.com/
If you have any queries, need assistance to complete the survey or require the survey in another format, please contact Warwickshire County Council’s Co-production Team on 01926 742335 or email
Leicestershire & Derbyshire Newsletter Summer 2015
Download the latest newsletter from Enrych Leicestershire and Derbyshire – volunteers’ and member’ stories, photos from recent trips, news from the Art Group, upcoming social events and much more…