News and Events
Enrych meet Swindon MP
Enrych Project Coordinator Rachel Waine and Trustee Michelle Howard met with Swindon South MP Robert Buckland to explain what we do as a local charity.
During the meeting Enrych explained how the charity operates, together with the support and aims.
Enrych has a unique approach to assisting physically disabled individuals in learning new activities by partnering them with a willing volunteer in order to achieve the outcomes they set for themselves.
Examples of the progress since the creation of the branch were provided and details of current partnership activities explained.
Mr Buckland was interested in how the charity work is funded and Enrych explained that if people can contribute to the cost they do, but if they can’t ongoing fundraising takes place to support volunteer expenses.
We thanked Robert Buckland MP for taking the time to speak with us and to offer his support and interest to our charity as we grow and move forward in 2014.
Pictured L-R: Robert Buckland MP, Rachel Waine – Enrych Project Coordinator and Michelle Howard – Enrych Trustee.
Sharing a passion for music
Lisa, one of our members, has been learning to play the Clarinet with her volunteer Sarah.
She writes “Music has always been a huge part in my life and I love all sorts, from heavy metal to classical. However, it’s always been an ambition to pick up an instrument and just play it. For the last 3 years Sarah has helped me get to grips with playing music and understanding it. Her wisdom and friendship has opened doors I never dreamt of.’
Sarah writes “I am a clarinet and saxophone teacher. I play with Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra (through which I heard about Enrych) and Windsor and Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra, and am a member of the British Clarinet Ensemble. Lisa and I got together a couple of years ago and we usually meet up once a fortnight to play and chat. Nowadays we also have the company of Lisa’s guide dog Hilary, who fortunately seems completely unfazed by our music-making.”
“Nowadays we also have the company of Lisa’s guide dog Hilary, who fortunately seems completely unfazed by our music-making”
Pop-Up Shop Fundraiser a success!
Our first fundraiser for 2014 was a one day pop-up shop on Wednesday 2nd April in The Brunel Shopping Centre.
Kindly donated items from Enrych volunteers and friends as well as Nationwide volunteers and a raffle, ensured we had enough to sell and make our shop inviting for shoppers.
Led by the Nationwide Digital Change Team – Citizenship day (pictured above), we would like to give our huge thanks as without there support in raising over £575 on the day and The Brunel Management team for the use of the shop, this would not have been possible.
Not forgetting everyone who stopped by, purchased our bargain goods and raffle tickets and took away information about Enrych.
Loneliness is twice as bad for health as obesity, says recent study
Loneliness is twice as bad for health as obesity, according to research published by the University of Chicago.
Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, has said it is a source of ‘national shame’ that as many as 800,000 people are ‘chronically lonely’
Its findings showed that extreme loneliness in older people increases the chance of early death by 14%. This contrasts with research showing that obesity increases mortality risk by 7%. Jack Neill-Hall, campaign manager for the Campaign to End Loneliness, said lonely people are more likely to smoke, drink to excess and have a poor diet, and are less likely to exercise.
Neill-Hall said local authorities were increasingly recognising the need to invest in services that help to keep people connected to their communities and develop friendships. However, more needed to be done, he added, and more than half of all health and wellbeing boards had not recognised loneliness in their published strategies.
Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, said it was a source of “national shame” that as many as 800,000 people in England are “chronically lonely”.
(Source: The Guardian Online. For more discussion on the Guardian website click here )
Old Town Festival 2014 – We will be there..
Enrych Swindon & Wiltshire will be attending The Old Town Festival this year and will be at Stall no’55.
Come along to The Lawn Family day on Saturday 28th June at stop by our stall to meet our Trustees, Volunteers and Project Coordinator and have a chat about what we do as a charity, how to get involved and to volunteer.
We will be having fun with a raffle, tombola + lots more including bags of sweets on offer!
Making Banking Easier – a new guide for disabled people
An organisation called Dosh has today published its banking guide: Making Banking Easier.
The guide is to help people with a learning disability, other financially excluded and disabled people, their families, supporters and advocates to speak to banks and get the support and access they need.
The guide includes:
- Opening, changing and closing an account
- What should banks be doing?
- How can I get support with banking?
- How can I deal with problems?
- What do banking laws say?
- What do equality laws say? In particular, the Equality Act and Mental Capacity Act
- Links to further resources and helpful contacts
Along with the full guide, there is a short help sheet for people to take with them on trips to the bank as a quick reminder. This is also available for free from www.dosh.org/banking-report.
For more information visit www.dosh.org call 0300 303 1288 or email email@example.com
Dosh is a member of the Disability Action Alliance and a not for profit organisation that supports people with a learning disability to have more control and independence over their money.
Pledge to wheelchair users from NHS
Wheelchairs enable many people to live fuller lives, yet the wheelchairs services provided by the NHS often fall short of meeting the needs of wheelchair users. In an attempt to redress that, NHS England is working with others to improve the way in which they can support all wheelchair users.
Sir David Nicholson made it his pledge for NHS Change Day 2014 to bring wheelchair users together with NHS clinicians and managers, and with third sector organisations, to improve services across England. The Wheelchair Summit, held on 25th February brought these groups together to look at the problems with current wheelchair services and to identify what should happen locally and nationally to improve services. Those who attended the summit together highlighted areas of improvements and made recommendations where action is needed.
For further information please see http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/03/28/wheelchair-services/
Talking to Swindon 105.5 Community Radio
Swindon 105.5 Local Community Radio will be speaking to Enrych on their Breakfast Show on Tuesday 1st April at 08.40am!
Tune in and listen to our Swindon Chair talking about what we do, our support and aims as a branch including details of our one day pop-up fundraiser!
Pop Up Shop Fundraiser
ENRYCH Swindon & Wiltshire are having a one day Pop-Up Shop fundraiser in The Brunel Shopping Centre, Unit 17 on Wednesday 2nd April from 10am to 5pm.
The Digital Change Team from Nationwide Building Society will be supporting the event by raising as much money as possible on the day by selling lots of 2nd hand goods such as clothing, books, cd’s, dvd’s, bric-a-brac and much much more including a raffle, so come along and see what bargains you can pick up!
Trustees of ENRYCH Swindon will also be present throughout the day to explain more about the charity.
UK ‘Day of Activity’ announced
An Inter-departmental Ministerial Group (IMG) on Disability was recently set up by the Office for Disability Issues (ODI).
It is chaired by the Minister of State for Disabled People and brings together Ministers from right across Government with the aim of encouraging and stimulating progress to ensure disabled people are included in society and have opportunities to realise their aspirations.
The Group has agreed that the UK will launch a ‘Day of Activity’ on Thursday 4th September 2014, which will challenge local communities to demonstrate what they are doing to make their area inclusive and accessible for disabled people.
Read more about the ‘UK Day’ and the Group on the Office for Disability Issues website here.
The full IMG statement can be read here.