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Leicestershire and Derbyshire Newsletter Winter 2014
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Accessible Britain Challenge
The Accessible Britain Challenge encourages communities to be inclusive and accessible. That means working with disabled people to remove the barriers that stop them participating fully in their community.
The UK’s 12.2 million disabled people make a positive contribution to employment and local economies. The Accessible Britain Challenge wants to share great examples of this so others can learn from them.
The Minister has announced that nominations for the Awards will open on Monday 3 November 2014. The closing date for nominations is 19 December 2014.
There are four Award categories:
- Improved Mobility
- Innovative use of buildings, spaces and places
- Safer Neighbourhoods; and
- Inclusive Social Activities
Lee Mack certainly is the best medicine
Lee Mack has shown his true colours and Enrych is laughing all the way to the bank. In September 2014 Lee organised a one off special evening of comedy at the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury. Some of us were fortunate and managed to get tickets, as the event was sold out immediately, it was a great night of wit and humour from Lee.
Lee Mack is currently in the middle of his UK tour, but took some time out last week to say “It is a pleasure to help Enrych”. Lee’s donation to the charity is extremely generous and on behalf of Graeme Garden, Enrych patron, and everyone at Enrych we thank Lee and his management company Avalon Promotions most sincerely.
“It is a pleasure to help Enrych” Lee Mack
Trustee’s Week 10th – 16th November
Enrych Swindon & Wiltshire’s trustee’s provide an invaluable resource in volunteering their time and the great work they do which enables our branch to make a huge difference in supporting people with a physical disability enjoy their chosen activity … so a big thank you!
Want to know more about being a trustee for Enrych? read about one of our trustees below.
“I always wanted to give back to the community I live in. Establishing a new branch for Enrych was such a rare and exciting opportunity that I joined as a trustee without any hesitation.
Although it is my first time being a trustee; because of my background from the business world, I feel I contributed different complementary elements to the trustee group, managing the budget with a very cost-conscious approach and bringing in some new sources of funding to our Swindon branch.
In the past two years I have witnessed how Enrych helps the physically disabled adults living in Swindon and I am very proud to be part of it.”
If interested and want to know more about becoming a trustee for Swindon, contact the branch by:
Phone: 07741 253509.
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 (courtesy of Men’s Shed), 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!
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:
When a picture says a thousand words
Thank you to member John from Banbury who created this beautiful image. We think it sums up so much of what Enrych is all about.
Thank you John, for sharing it with us.
Spooky doughnuts for Halloween
Due to popular demand and as part of our ongoing fundraising activities for 2014, once again for Halloween we have successfully sold out of all the boxes of delicious Krispy Kreme spooky doughnuts through the great support of Nationwide Corporate Citizenship.
Not a crumb has been left so we thank everyone who purchased a box of doughnuts as it is a vital contribution to us as a self-funded charity and our volunteers (pictured) for helping out on the day.
If interested in becoming a fundraising trustee for Enrych Swindon contact Rachel Waine for more information by phone: 07741 253509 or email: email@example.com
Enrych Swindon & Wiltshire have been given the opportunity to be interviewed by Swindon’s very own radio community station Swindon 105.5fm.
Listen in on Friday 31st October between 6pm and 7pm to hear us speaking to the Station Manager, Shirley Ludford.
We are grateful to Swindon 105.5 in enabling us to promote our local charity to the Swindon community.
Enrych Co-ordinator Theresa tells the story of Michelle and Kay
Saturday 9th August was the first football game of the season, and no doubt saw Michelle and her volunteer Kay taking up their seats ready for kick off!
Michelle, whose kidney’s have both failed, as did her kidney transplant a few years ago, spends much of her week at the Churchill Hospital on dialysis. However, one of the many things that keeps Michelle going is her beloved Oxford United. It was therefore a sad and worrying time for Michelle when her mum Johanna, now in her 80’s, told Michelle that there would soon be a time when she could no longer take her. It was at that point that Enrych stepped in and found Kay, a serving Police Officer, who also used to enjoy Oxford United and went when she could. How things have changed……. Kay missed only one home Saturday game last season and would not dare do anything else or she has Michelle to answer to!! They even sometimes get to the evening matches which to Michelle is such a bonus.
On the ‘away Saturdays’ the phone calls and texts take over and both ladies claim to have found more than a kindred spirit in each other, theirs is a special friendship founded on their love of football and especially Oxford United.