News and Events
Disability Action Alliance have something to celebrate
The Disability Action Alliance (DAA) have published a special newsletter celebrating all that has been achieved over the last year by DAA members.
To view it – visit the DAA website by clicking here (opens a new window)
Enrych Bucks on Mix 96
Mix 96 have launched a volunteering campaign, Discover Volunteering, in conjunction with Community Impact Bucks, we invited Mix 96 presenter Nathan along to meet one of our members and volunteers, Lynda and Linda, who were originally were paired up to bake together but their meetings have flourished into a much valued friendship.
Listen to our interview here: Enrych Bucks on Mix 96
When did you last get to a concert?
‘It’s fantastic just seeing what everyone else sees….’
Did you catch this remarkable BBC report on a truely Accessible Gig held in Glasgow recently?
Enrych Art Group Christmas Cards
Take a look at this great selection of Christmas cards produced by the Enrych Art Group!
The Enrych Art Group will be taking a midwinter break until Thursday 4th February 2016 so please put the date in your diary.
If you haven’t checked out the Art group but would like to in February please don’t hesitate to contact the office on 01530 832926 for further information.
Enrych Christmas Dinner
Some pics from the Enrych Christmas Dinner at the Link Hotel, Loughborough, a great occasion for all.
Lots of fun, food and festivities!
Fun, Friendship and Song
Enrych member Jennifer, remembers clearly the Monday afternoon 6 years ago when she was introduced to volunteer Maureen. Bought together by their mutual love of singing, both knew straight away that they would get along well and very quickly a great friendship developed.
Maureen explained, ‘Our everyday conversation often prompts impromptu singing – it’s just great when we burst into song!’. Maureen and Jennifer emphasize that this is not intended for a public audience – just for their pleasure. Their annual tradition is to sing The Twelve Days of Christmas and attempt to remember all of the verses!
Jennifer and Maureen also enjoy a game of scrabble and trivial pursuits.
Over the 6 years a great trust has developed and both agree, ‘ Fun and friendship – that’s what it’s all about’
If you want to find out about other amazing volunteer opportunities in your area, click here
Amazing night at The Dreamettes Motown Show!
Thanks to The Dreamettes for giving us an amazing night last week! The evening was in aid of Enrych East Midlands, to help us in our work of supporting disabled adults in Leicestershire and Derbyshire.
The great news is – thanks to so many people’s generosity – we raised a really good amount. This will make a big difference to the lives of many disabled people in this area.
The other great news is – everyone had a lot of fun! The room was full of Enrych friends, family, supporters, members, volunteers, clients and PAs. Some of our Enrych folk also took to the stage for a ‘guest slot’ and well done to them! The Dreamettes are great singers, dancers and entertainers and kept us on our feet and dancing through the night. Thanks, girls for a wonderful evening.
Warwickshire Winter Newsletter 2015
Find out what has been happening at Enrych Warwickshire over the last few months, and catch up with some of our members as they got together recently for a pub lunch at the Kings Head in Wellesbourne.
Click on the PDF icon to download the newsletter.
Changing Lives Through Riding
New Accessibility Mark Scheme – Changing Lives Through Riding
Enrych has received a press release from Riding for the Disabled Association:
RDA writes.. “A project to encourage more people with disabilities to benefit from horse riding has met with a seal of approval and is now set to move forward into a new era.
Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) participation initiative has launched ‘Accessibility Mark’, following a successful pilot of the scheme in 2015. Accessibility Mark delivers training and support to riding schools to help them provide a quality experience for clients with disabilities. RDA and Hoof hope that the accreditation will encourage more people with disabilities to take up riding.
22 riding schools gained accreditation as part of the pilot project, and the scheme is now open to all centres approved by the British Horse Society (BHS), the Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS) and the Pony Club (TPC). As well as encouraging riding centres to sign up to the scheme, RDA and Hoof will be spreading the word to would-be riders about the increasing opportunities for them to take up riding in their local area.
“Riding is a great activity that thousands of children and adults with disabilities already enjoy at RDA centres all over the UK,” said RDA Chief Executive, Ed Bracher: “With Accessibility Mark we will provide training, assistance and accreditation to riding centres, schools and clubs to encourage even more people to take part. We are delighted that the pilot scheme has proved successful and look forward to signing up many more Accessibility Mark centres in the years to come.”
Equestrian centres willing to partake in the scheme are required to successfully undertake training and complete an assessment before earning accreditation from RDA in the form of ‘Accessibility Mark’ status. The scheme offers ongoing support and training, as well as access to a range of RDA programmes designed to help deliver the best possible experience to riders.
To find your nearest RDA Group or Accessibility Mark centre visit www.rda.org.uk.
For more information contact Jacqueline Spouge or Tim Smith at TSM on 01724 784600.
Oxfordshire couple raise over £3000 for Enrych Oxfordshire
On 3rd October Enrych Volunteer Katherine and her husband from Bicester flew out to the Grand Canyon to complete an intense 5 day trek to raise funds for Enrych Oxfordshire.
Having fundraised in the past for charities including Cancer Research UK, Katherine said: “My motivation is to help others less fortunate than myself.” In 2012 Katherine was awarded the Most Inspirational Woman Award for her inspiring efforts in supporting over 30 colleagues through mentoring.
Preparation for the challenge involved an extensive 14 week training programme which challenged the couple walk for up to 18 hours each week.
The trek involved walking over 10 miles each day across rough terrain, abseiling down cliffs into waterfalls and camping alongside rattle snakes and spiders and Katherine said: “The trek was a great adventure and definitely a big challenge.”
Having suffered a number of illnesses in the past, Katherine wanted to volunteer her time and skills as well as raise funds for a local charity to help others in her community.
Katherine and her husband raised a fantastic total of £3137.37 for Enrych Oxfordshire.
The money raised will provide new activities and opportunities to Enrych members with physical disabilities including Arts & Crafts sessions.
If you would like to fundraise for Enrych, please contact a member of our team .