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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.
Boat trip a ‘Soaring success’
On reaching Normanton, we had lunch and then returned, all under beautiful summer sunshine. This was all courtesy of the Peter Le Marchant Trust who provided the boat and volunteer crew for the day…we also enjoyed live musical accompaniment provided by volunteer Ron. Look out for other Enrych social events coming up
From Colin Edis, Branch Manager, Enrych Leicestershire & Derbyshire
A snapshot of Africa from Leicestershire
Ashley combines a busy career as an art teacher and year head at a Castle Donnington middle school, as well as giving up some time to support Brigitte whose disability makes it hard for her to get out and enjoy her hobbies. They share a common interest in photography and of course art. This is a picture of a piece they have been working on together. Brigitte hails from South Africa originally so it was a topical subject to work on.
Summer 2014 newsletter from Oxfordshire
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Helping an artist pursue his passion
Chris, an Enrych member from Loughborough, first came in contact with us around five years ago when we introduced one of our volunteers, Tom, to him. Over the years Tom has supported Chris with various home-based tasks and the two have become good friends.
Chris explains a little about his disability:
“My disability can best be described as rheumatoid arthritis and right hemiplegia [paralysis down one side].
“Although I overcame my hemiplegia to a large extent by adapting to the disability, the thing that disables me the most is my arthritis. All my joints have now completely seized up – I’ve had my hip taken out, I can’t move my shoulders, I only have one moveable finger left and all my other fingers are fractured. Consequently, I am now in a wheelchair.”
As well as enjoying Tom’s support as a volunteer, Enrych found Chris a personal assistant, Lucy, and both have helped Chris pursue his main passion in life – art and painting.
“I’ve always wanted to be a painter”, explains Chris. “People would always ask me as a little boy what I wanted to do when I grew up and I said ‘I want to be an artist’ even though I didn’t really know what being an artist meant!”
Along with the kind support from others, Tom and Lucy helped arrange Chris’ first ever solo art exhibition at a gallery in Leicester.
Chris’ first solo exhibition was held at the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester from 15 to 28 April 2013. A free book of the paintings is available to all people who visit the exhibition and a pack of postcards of the paintings are on sale at the museum shop.
To see more of Chris’ paintings visitwww.englishsymbolistart.com
Become a Trustee for Swindon
Do you enjoy making a difference and getting involved to make things happen? At Enrych Swindon & Wiltshire so do we…
We are an affiliated charity that specialises in supporting adults with a physical disability including sensory impairment to enjoy leisure and learning activities of their choice. Our aim is to act as a ‘stepping stone’ for people to regain confidence, independence, have more control in their lives and increase well-being.
The Swindon & Wiltshire branch is self-funding and has been established for 18 months and is led by a small volunteer Trustee group. Due to our success in a short period of time supporting our members across Swindon, we are now looking to recruit two additional volunteer Trustees with one having a focus/knowledge or interest in fundraising activities.
Currently the Enrych Trustees meet every 6 weeks but particularly funding work continues between meetings on a regular basis.
If you are interested in becoming a general or fundraising focussed Trustee to assist in grant applications, fundraising ideas and opportunities or have skills and background which you feel would suit our charity and aims please contact the branch by email or by telephone where a full role description can be provided as well as an informal chat.
Telephone: 07741 253509
Please note this is a non-paid volunteer position of Trustee.
Thank you to Penny
It was with smiles, laughter, some tears and a lot of delicious cake that we said good-bye and thank you to Penny Hurtley as she leaves Enrych Oxfordshire after 7 years as Co-ordinator for South Oxon area.
On a warm afternoon in Benson, members, volunteers, colleagues, trustees and honoured guests from the days of Ryder Cheshire Volunteers gathered together to honour Penny and thank her for her years of service to Enrych, working with disabled people to enable them to enjoy leisure, learning and sporting activities of their choice.
Pictured here is Penny, with a previous chair of Trustees, Terry White
She was presented with gifts from her colleagues and from the Oxfordshire Enrych swimming group that she has helped co-ordinate for the last few years.
In a short and moving speech, Penny thanked everyone for coming and said how much she had enjoyed her time at Enrych.
It isn’t really goodbye though, as Penny is coming back as a volunteer! It’s great to know Penny will still be involved with Enrych Oxfordshire – and we wish her well in her new ventures.
Thank you Penny.
Here are a number of colleagues and trustees from Enrych Oxfordshire pictured at Penny’s Farewell Tea.
Happiness and Disability
In an article on the BBC website, Tom Shakespeare questions a common assumption.
The article says…..
“Surveys reveal that people with disabilities consistently report a good quality of life, says Tom Shakespeare. So why is it often assumed they are unhappy?
Have you ever thought to yourself: “I’d rather be dead than disabled?” It’s not an unusual reflection. Disability, in everyday thought, is associated with failure, with dependency and with not being able to do things. We feel sorry for disabled people, because we imagine it must be miserable to be disabled.
But in fact we’re wrong. It’s sometimes called the “disability paradox”. Surveys reveal people with disabilities consistently report a quality of life as good as, or sometimes even better than, that of non-disabled people.
To see the article in full, go to the BBC website by clicking here
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