News and Events
Our member’s art to be displayed!
We are delighted to announce that through the support of a volunteer partnership our member has organised a small art exhibition in 2015.
Andrew, our member will be displaying his artwork at Artiste Ltd in Swindon from Monday 2nd February through to Monday 2nd March 2015.
Enrych are thrilled that Andrew has achieved his goal of displaying his work in Swindon for everyone to view and enjoy. We will be attending the gallery to see his portfolio of work and if you would like to view yourself come along on the dates above to Artiste Ltd, The Post Modern Theatre Square, Swindon, SN1 1QN.
Andrew has kindly informed us that a donation from sales of his artwork will be given to Enrych and we thank him for his generosity.
Seasons greetings from Enrych
We asked one of our volunteers……
some questions about volunteering with Enrych and what the experience has been for them and Dennet kindly told us…
- What was the motivation for you to volunteer?
I wanted to gain experience in teaching art.
- Have you ever volunteered before?
- What was it about the advert for Enrych that interested you?
I was excited to see the advert for someone who needed a volunteer for supporting them with their art practice. As I was a recent Fine Art graduate I was keen on sharing my skills and knowledge in this field with someone who needed some guidance, more over I was happy to be helping someone with a physical disability.
- What skills/experience/knowledge where you looking to bring?
I gained a variety of art skills and techniques over the years especially at university. After finding out what type of setbacks Andy had with his art practice, I wanted to share the most basic techniques with him such as understanding how various paintings and figures required the right brushes and mixing the right type of colours as well.
- Have you supported a person with a physical disability before?
- What was your experience of supporting a person with a physical disability?
At the beginning I was nervous about working with someone with a physical disability because I did not know much about the difficulties they faced on a daily basis, but once I met Andy, I was able to understand and help him with his setbacks in painting and learning in art. Every session was a new experience!
- What was your expectations in volunteering?
I expected there would be a few challenges I would have to face, especially in teaching someone with a physical disability I knew I would have to really be confident, cooperative, and understanding.
- Were your expectations met?
Yes, I now believe I have succeeded these expectations, and volunteering with Andy is less of a challenge and more of a friendly meeting, weekly, where I now only guide and support him with his hobby because he has come very far over the past few months, and definitely shown an improvement in his artistic skills as well as confidence himself, which makes me very happy!
- What is the activity you have supported?
Art (painting, drawing, using new mediums and techniques)
- What have you gained by volunteering?
I have gained a range of skills having volunteered with Enrych. Especially having met my goal, of teaching art to someone like Andy, who needed support and guidance with learning new art techniques. The fact that I could help someone else revisit, improve on and now enjoy their previous hobby even more, really gives a sense of satisfaction, and hope that I can possible take these skills and use them in a career in teaching in the future.
- How did you find the support as a volunteer from Enrych?
Excellent. I didn’t feel left out and if I had any questions they were answered promptly with good communication and I felt part of the charity, especially after attending the group events where you can see how other volunteers and members are getting on, which really encourages you even more.
- Would you recommend volunteering / volunteer again?
Yes! I would definitely recommend it, especially as volunteering with Enrych not only gives you an opportunity to help someone who needs some guidance with the hobbies they enjoy, but also allows you to develop the skills you already hold or wish to experience.
- What has been the highlight for you?
My highlight was seeing Andy’s first painting, where he took on all the advice and techniques I had taught him. To see Andy happy with his result and the fact that I had helped him reach his goal was truly an enjoyable experience.
We thank our volunteer Dennet in spending a few minutes providing his personal thoughts on volunteering with Enrych.
If interested in volunteering contact the Swindon office on: 07741 253509 and ask for Rachel Waine or email: Swindon.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas lunch at the Link Hotel Loughborough
Christmas lunch at the Link Hotel Loughborough:
Disability Action Alliance Volunteer Charter
News from Disability Action Alliance:
They write ….We want to let you know that the Disability Action Alliance is launching a Volunteer Charter for disabled people & you are invited to join us at the launch event on the 5th December 2014! (see attachment below).
The Charter aims to increase accessible volunteering opportunities for disabled people and encourage disabled people to use their skills and assets through volunteering. This will support a vision that will enable ‘A society in which the contribution of disabled people as volunteers is valued and volunteering opportunities are widely available on an equal and accessible basis’ .
This is an opportunity for us all to emphasise and celebrate the important role that we can play in further enabling disabled people to make a valuable contribution to society and fulfil their potential through volunteering.
This initiative has the full support of organisations such as Community Service Volunteers (CSV), Disability Rights UK (DRUK) and Buckinghamshire Disability Services (BuDS), to name but a few. The Charter also has the support of the Minister of State for Disabled People, Mark Harper, who will be endorsing the launch on this the ‘International Volunteer Day’.
This event, on Friday 5th December 2014, offers a rare opportunity to network with the leading figures in the disability community, discussing and celebrating a major development in the opening-up of volunteering opportunities to disabled people. It will give your organisation an opportunity to sign up and commit to the Volunteer Charter.
Guest speakers include Duncan Tree & Jemma Mindham (CSV), Andrew Clark (BuDS), Cllr Zahid Mohammed (Chair Bucks County Council & Chair Bucks Legacy Board), Sue Bott (DRUK), Dave Oxley (McAfee UK), Bev Flanagan (Buckingham Technical College), Richard d’Souza (DWP Director) and a paralympian – Naomi Riches. Agenda covers ‘Why Volunteering Matters’ & ‘The Experiences of Disabled People as Volunteers’.
Venue: Buckinghamshire University Technical College, Oxford Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP21 8PB from 10.30am – 2.15pm. Lunch will be provided and there will be activities to try in the foyer too.
Book Your Place Here: Through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-of-disability-action-alliance-volunteer-charter-tickets-14372172555. You can register additional needs and book a Blue Badge or disabled car parking space on the site.
Further info on the DAA website at http://disabilityactionalliance.org.uk/alliance-news-2/
Job Vacancy – Co-ordinator for Warwickshire
Job Title: Volunteer Co-ordinator for Warwickshire
Office location: Honiley, Warwickshire, CV8 1NP
Geographical remit: Warwickshire
Hours of work: 21 hours per week (permanent contract)
This is an exciting and flexible role for a self-motivated person who is passionate about the delivery of person-centred services for disabled people.
We are looking for someone to develop and manage our existing services in Warwickshire including our Volunteer Partnership programme, and assist as necessary in the development of potential new services.
Please download the Job Description below for more information about the role.
Enrych is a well-established charity with a 30 year history of enabling disabled adults to enjoy culture, leisure and learning opportunities. Our vision is enabling adults with a disability to recognise their potential, to connect, engage and enjoy life within their community.
How to apply
You will need to fill out our Application form which you can download below. (CVs will not be accepted).
Closing date for applications is Friday 2 January 2015. (Email applications will be accepted up to 9am on Monday 5th January 2015).
Interviews will take place on Monday 12th January 2015 in Honiley.
Linda and Paula
Linda who has MS, is an avid fan of card making and when you see her in her little ‘workshop’ with everything neatly packed into small containers and baskets – ribbons, cards, stick-on’s, glue, cutters, motifs etc – you could easily sit down with her and start making up the cards. Linda is very much the ‘boss’ with Paula carrying out her instructions whilst advising where she thinks appropriate. The result is beautiful hand made cards which Linda then goes on to sell to fund the latest must have bits on the craft scene.
Paula, who works full time, prefers to give her precious free hours to helping others rather than just popping money in a tin. As well as volunteering for Enrych she helps adults with learning disabilities and children in care. The relationship with Linda however is the most longstanding one and the most personal.
Linda for her part liked the sound of Enrych and the thought of someone new and different coming into her home to share her interests, a new companion perhaps! This coupled with the fact that she knew that any potential volunteer would be vetted made Linda feel “safe”. Paula for her part felt particularly comfortable knowing that they “could each use their co-ordinator as a go between if things didn’t work out”.
Asked about their favourite moments Linda immediately says “Paula’s wedding reception”, whilst Paula immediately retorts “Dave (Linda’s hubby) doing my fence” and they both smile at their shared memories.
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
Christmas Market fundraiser
We had a great day at the Christ Church Christmas Market on Saturday.
Our stall was busy from the start with people taking part in our tombola and lucky dips and also purchasing hand-made xmas greeting cards by a member and our bags of sweets.
Lots of winners and everyone had a great time including listening to the choir sing carols and meeting Father Christmas.
Many thanks to Men’s shed for the use of the tombola, Christ Church for the organisation on the day and to everyone who stopped by our stall and our volunteers.
Leicestershire and Derbyshire Newsletter Winter 2014
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