News and Events
Oxfordshire Golf Day 2nd Sept 2014
Enrych Oxfordshire is delighted to announce their annual Golf Day will take place on 2nd September at Cherwell Edge Golf Course. It’s going to be a great day – 25 teams of four are have already booked and if you would like to join them, please email
As well as an excellent day of golf, there will also be an evening auction of sports and leisure items including – a tour of Aston Martin Lagonda in Gaydon and Prodrive where they build Aston Martin Le Mans racing cars, a crate of House of Commons Whisky donated by Tony Baldry MP, a pin flag signed by Phil Mickelson, signed Arsenal first team photograph and many more .
All the money raised will go directly to the work of Enrych, a charity that has been working for nearly 30 years in Oxfordshire supporting physically disabled people to engage in their community and enjoy leisure and learning opportunities.
We are very grateful to our sponsors: Glazpart Ltd, Michael Jones Jewellers, Mike Swann Solutions, Hampton’s International and many others. Enrych also wants to thank Elaine for her remarkable energy and resourcefulness in organising this event.
(Photo courtesy of The Banbury Guardian)
Lee Mack performs for Enrych
We are delighted to announce that Lee Mack will be warming up for his forthcoming Hit The Road Mack tour with a show on 2nd September 2014 at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre in aid of Enrych
Tickets now available from The Waterside box office on 0844 8717607 or
Have a vehicle you want rid of?
Then please think about donating it to us through Giveacar!
Giveacar raises money for UK charities by scrapping and selling old cars. They provide a nationwide FREE service which:
- Arranges the collection of the vehicle from your home
- Depending on its age and condition, recycles it at an authorised facility or sends it to auction
Scrap donations raise about £100 for the charity (depending on the price of metal) while auction cars can raise much more.
To arrange donation of a car, visit
http://giveacar.co.uk/charities/enrych-buckinghamshire?cat=disability?page=2 or call 020 7736 4242, quoting Enrych Bucks as your preferred charity.
Buckinghamshire Newsletter Summer 2014
Have a look at our latest newsletter with an update on our recent trip, future trips and social activities and one of our volunteers journey with us.
The Invictus Games are being held in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in September 2014, for wounded and recovering servicemen and women.
The word ‘Invictus’ means ‘unconquered’. It embodies the fighting spirit of the wounded, injured and sick service personnel and what these tenacious men and women can achieve, post injury. The Invictus Games will celebrate this through sporting achievement that recognises the journey to recovery these men and women are on.
Prince Harry was driven to bring the event to an international audience following his inspirational visit to the Warrior Games in Colorado in 2013. The event in London will bring together for the first time servicemen and women – both serving and veteran – from 14 nations. The Invictus Games will spotlight the sacrifices these men and women made serving their country, and their indefatigable drive to overcome.
” I am extremely proud that we are bringing an event like this to the UK for the first time and belive it can have a long lasting impact on the well-being of those who have served their nations so bravely.”
Enrych is happy to pass on information about this event as it may be of interest to our members and supporters: To visit the Invictus Games website, click here
Saturday 6th September – Stall at Fete
We will be having a stall at St. Mark’s Church Fete on Saturday 6th September between 12noon and 4pm.
Come down to the Fete at St Mark’s on Church Road, Swindon and stop by our stall and have a go on our lucky dip or the tombola (courtesy of Men’s Shed) or take away a bag of our yummy sweets!
Also on our stall you will be able to purchase greeting cards hand-made by a member and also view a painted picture donated to our branch by another member.
Literature and information about our charity will be available as will details on becoming a volunteer, member or a Trustee.
Volunteering for 17 years
Christine has volunteered for Enrych for over 17 years.
Her volunteering has encompassed:
- Fresh and dried flower arranging
- Card making
- Visits to the market
In Christine’s own words: “Volunteering opens your eyes to the problems other people face. Problems that otherwise you may not know about, and you see the cheerful way in which they cope with them”.
We, as an organisation, are nothing without our volunteers. We owe them a debt we can never repay but certainly if her experience encourages others to become involved Christine will be happy.
What’s the difference between personalisation and self-directed support?
The question sounds like the start of a bad joke, but it is actually a serious question. I believe the answer lies at the heart of many of the issues facing people who use services and carers, providers and councils.
Personalisation has been around for some time now. It’s a way of thinking about care and support services that puts people at the centre of the process of working out what their needs are, choosing the support they need and having control over their life. Since its inception, the way we think about personalisation has developed….
An article by Tim Gollins, Lead for Self-directed Support and Personal Budgets & Regional Co-ordinator for for Yorkshire and Humber Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)
To read this article in full, go to the Think Local Act Personal blog page by clicking here
Holiday suggestion from Enrych members
One of our Members and her husband have just returned from a holiday in Portugal and wanted to pass on their experience.
This holiday accommodation provides everything. The villa is completely disabled friendly and includes a wet room, wide doors, ramps, disabled wheelchairs/commodes, hoists, special mattress, games/fitness room, etc. There is a hoist for access to the swimming pool and there are disabled friendly buoyancy aids.
The villa is high on a ridge with beautiful views and a cooling breeze. It has a large three bedroom apartment and a smaller two bedroom apartment. Also included is a wheelchair accessible vehicle for your use included in the price. Rental prices are very competitive.
The owners, Hazel & Bryn, live on site and are extremely helpful and hospitable. They will do an initial shop for you before your arrive. They will meet you at the airport with transport and drive you to the villa. Complimentary wine and cakes on arrival. They will take you on a Sunday morning short drive into/around Lagos to get your bearings, find supermarkets and safe places to park and provide useful advice on wheelchair friendly places to visit / things to do.
On departure you may stay in your apartment until it is time to leave for the airport. The owners will then drive you to the airport, escort you to the check in desk and ensure you are booked in before they leave.
If you would like to talk to our Member to get their first-hand experience, contact in the first instance.
Funchal Ridge Holiday Apartments Contact: – Hazel Bergin 01209 714314 / 07977 269936
ENRYCH Oxfordshire is not endorsing or recommending this accommodation but as our Member and her husband have experience of many overseas holidays and have already booked to go back, we wanted to share their experience – “We have found the perfect disabled friendly villa”.
Festival stall a success
Every year, Swindon holds a week-long Festival in the Old Town area. On 28th June, we joined lots of other charities in hosting a stall at the Family Day. We were glad of our gazebo during the torrential downpours but the changeable weather didn’t deter people visiting!
This was our first opportunity to take part in an event like this and we were delighted that some of our volunteers were able to help on the stall and to raise awareness of the work we do. We ran a tombola, a lucky dip and bags of sweets and lollipops to raise some funds. It was also a lovely opportunity to display some artwork and hand-crafted greeting cards made by two of our members. We also had the opportunity to meet and have a chat with Theresa Page; Swindon Mayor (pictured).
Several other local charities approached us keen to hear more about what we do – many took away some of our leaflets so we hope we have attracted some more volunteers to help us grow our service.
We would like to thank our volunteers (pictured) for their support on the day, Men’s Shed Swindon for building a tombola machine to use and all those who stopped by our stall.
All in all, a successful event and one we plan to repeat next year!
If interested in becoming a volunteer for Enrych Swindon or a Fundraising Trustee please contact the branch on 07741 253509 or email: Swindon.firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.