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Andrew met Enrych Swindon last year to explain that due to his physical disability it was difficult to leave his home to meet and socialise with people which was having a huge impact on his confidence, isolation and well-being.
Andrew is an artist however due to circumstance had nowhere to draw and paint which is the one thing he wanted to re-start as this is his passion. Through our conversations it was apparent that we could support Andrew by looking at how to regain his enjoyment of art again and have something to look forward to.
Before we could look at a volunteer partnership Andrew needed somewhere he could draw and paint and as we work with other charities and organisations, we contacted REMAP to see if they could help.
With REMAP’s engineer we discussed a suitable adaption of a piece of furniture for Andrew into an easel which needed to be flexible, moveable around the home and easy to use. With this in place Enrych looked at finding a volunteer. We soon found a volunteer with a fine art background who was looking for experience by using their knowledge to teach another keen artist.
Together the partnership has been very successful as Andrew has now reached his original goals of somewhere to draw, have social interaction with another person to reduce isolation and something to look forward to. He is now putting together a portfolio of his work done with the volunteer. Having a volunteer has increased his confidence and well-being and he is working in new mediums such as acrylics and painting on canvass, something he would not have done without his volunteer.
We asked Andrew what has Enrych meant to him and he told us:
“Being with Enrych has given me my artistic life back. For a long time I had nowhere to draw and I now have this and someone to do it with and display my work. I could not do this before”. “Having a volunteer is like having a best friend and having trust in someone which is important to me and reduced my isolation immensly”.
Moving forward Andrew is currently looking at local art forums to eventually display his artwork which we look forward to viewing.
For details about REMAP – www.remap.org.uk
Below are recent paintings by Andrew:
Charity Christmas Market
Enrych will be having a stall at Christ Church Charity Christmas Market on Cricklade Street, Swindon on Saturday 22nd November from 10am until 3pm.
Come along to our stall and meet Enrych where we will be having a tombola, lucky dip, lots of sweets and treats and hand-made greeting cards to purchase made by one of our members.
This will be a fantastic festive afternoon including the Christ Church choir singing and the bell tower will also be open.
A great day for everyone!
Enrych Swindon & Wiltshire are very please and excited to be given the opportunity to be interviewed by Swindon’s very own radio community station 105.5fm on Tuesday 28th October.
We are grateful to Swindon 105.5 in enabling us to promote our local charity to the Swindon community.
Many thanks to the Community Chest
Many thanks to The Aylesbury Vale Community Chest who have awarded us with a micro grant to subsidise our trip to The Cuddington Picture House in November. They are a joint venture between Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust and Aylesbury Vale District Council, the two organisations committed to provide £5 million of funding over ten years, for not for-profit groups, charities and community interest companies to support their work within Aylesbury Vale.
Ian had a stroke in the summer of 2013 which affected his mobility, balance, coordination and memory recall.
When Enrych met Ian at the start of 2014 he explained that the impact of the stroke had a big affect on his mobility and therefore his confidence to go out by himself. From being active and independent Ian found himself isolated, not doing anything and difficult to engage in social activities and exercise.
One of the things he wanted to do was simply “go out in the fresh air”, have a gentle walk and exercise to build his confidence and strength back and feel better by having something to look forward to and someone to enjoy doing it with.
Enrych looked at local groups and through conversations with Ian about his interests found a weekly cycling group which has a variety of different adaptive bikes for all abilities. Ian felt this would be an enjoyable activity to try and regain his independence by doing the exercise by himself and also the social element of attending a group.
With the cycling as a good way to start gentle regular exercise he still needed support to get to and from the cycle session and have the support whilst cycling. A volunteer was found with similar interests of being outdoors and cycling for Ian to start the activity and a partnership has now begun.
From the first session Ian has taken to cycling very easily using the hand propelled adapted cycle around the track. He says that it is “brilliant” and we look forward to the progress of the partnership between member and volunteer moving forward to achieving Ian’s personal goals.
Pictured: Adapted hand propelled bike
Ian and Anton
Anton and Ian talk about the difference Enych has made to their lives
Ian entered my life more than a year ago as an Enrych volunteer. I suffer from MS and it has made me a pretty lonely man. I have become fully wheelchair-bound and have ended up practically bed-bound as well because I stopped going outdoors altogether. Ian visits me every week and he makes sure I go to pubs and restaurants near to where I live. We regularly buy a fish & chips or simply have a pint together. Recently we went somewhere to watch a game of football and we often play chess in my flat. Ian has become a good friend of mine. Without Ian, my life would make no sense at all…
I have found getting to know Anton very rewarding. Anton is such a nice guy. He has great stories to tell about his life and his struggle with MS. We do all the simple things which able-bodied people take for granted but for Anton these are difficult. In the future I’m hoping to take Anton to see his family in Holland which I hope will be a great experience for both of us.
Enrych Oxfordshire is rated GREEN in the 2014 Quality Monitoring Review
We are delighted to announce that in the recent Quality Monitoring Review carried out by Oxford County Council, Enrych Oxfordshire was rated GREEN indicating all areas covered by the review are adequate to good or better. This is the highest rating OCC gives and so this achievement is one we are proud of as it confirms our belief that we are offering an excellent service highly valued by our members, volunteers and the organisations in Oxfordshire that work with adults with physical disabilities.
‘There is evidence through interviews and feedback from members that services were delivered in a person centred way with direct involvement of people who live with a physical disability. Members felt they have a strong sense of being in control of their service and that the staff and volunteers of Enrych always listen to and respond to individual’s wishes and concerns.
During the review, there was clear evidence that Coordinators and the Branch Manager have regular and open communications. This good practice has resulted in good team work.
I would like to thank everyone involved in the review for their support.’
Ka-Lee Powell, Quality & Contracts Officer, Joint Commissioning Team, Oxfordshire County Council
We currently have a variety of volunteering opportunities so take a look at the bottom of our main webpage as there may be something of interest.
We currently seek volunteers for swimming, fishing, gardening to playing board games, cycling and many more.
If you have a hobby or interest to share as well as your time or want to support our charity by volunteering at our fundraising events or become a trustee, than contact the branch on the following details:
Email: Swindon.email@example.com or phone: 07741 253509
They’re back! for Halloween
Due to popular demand and last year’s sell-out success!
As part of our ongoing fundraising activities for 2014, we will be selling boxes of delicious Krispy Kreme doughnuts on Friday 31st October through the great support of Nationwide Corporate Citizenship.
If interested in becoming a fundraising trustee for Enrych Swindon contact Rachel Waine for more information by phone: 07741 253509 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Enrych Swindon attended the St. Mark’s church fete on Saturday 6th September and had a wonderful day.
Lots of people stopped by our stand having a go at our tombola (made by Men’s Shed Swindon) and also our lucky dip which everyone enjoyed and we had lots of winners too!
We also had the opportunity to speak to people about our charity which was of interest and to take literature away on the day about the support we offer.
We thank our volunteers who helped with our stall, everyone who stopped by and donated, played the tombola and lucky dip or bought our yummy sweets.
If you are interested in becoming a fundraiser trustee for Swindon please contact Rachel Waine on: 07741 253509 or email: for more details.