News and Events
Enrych gains ‘Living Wage employer’ accreditation
The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Enrych has today been accredited as a Living Wage employer.
The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Enrych, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.85 – significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.
Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome Enrych to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.
You can now earn Time Credits for your volunteering hours in Bucks!
Enrych Bucks has recently signed up to Time Credits, this means that for every hour you volunteer with us you can earn one Time Credit to spend on something you like to do. There’s no limit to how many credits you can earn, and the more you earn the more you can spend. Time Credits never expire and they don’t cost any money. In Bucks they are developing lots of ways to spend Time Credits across our community and there are already hundreds of ways to spend them across the country. More information and venues accepting Time Credits can be found here Bucks Time Credits.
If you would like you can also gift back your time credits to Enrych Bucks for us to do group activities with our members and volunteers, or give to a friend or family member as the credits are transferrable.
If you are a current volunteer for Enrych Bucks and you want to sign up please complete the form below and return to , if you are interested but are currently not volunteering with us please get in touch with 07511 142268 or take a look at our current opportunities
Wheelchair basketball – Let’s play!
News from Let’s Play
Let’s Play is an exciting new programme funded by Sport England. It sees Boccia England, British Wheelchair Basketball, GB Wheelchair Rugby, Goalball UK, Wheelchair Football Association and the Tennis Foundation working in partnership for the first time ever, offering you the chance to learn the basics of their activities. These 12 FREE multi-sport events will be taking place across the country this year, with your chance to not only try the activities but to build a connection with your local club. To find out more or to register your place at this unmissable event please visit, www.letsplay-it.co.uk
Let’s Play offers you the chance to come and try multiple activities. Go to www.letsplay-it.co.uk to find out more #tryitloveitplayit
Job vacancy – PA Service Manager in Leicestershire
|Job Title:||PA Service Manager|
|Office location:||Enrych office, Marlene Reid Centre, Coalville LE67 3PH|
|Geographical remit:||Leicestershire and Derbyshire|
|Length of contract:||Permanent|
|Hours of work:||35 hours per week|
This is a dynamic role for someone who thrives in a busy, person-centred environment and is able to co-ordinate and manage the delivery of our growing (non-personal care) PA services for disabled people.
This will need a hands-on approach with the day to day running of the service and your primary aim will be to make sure our clients receive an excellent level of service at all times.
We are looking for a flexible team-player who is passionate about disability issues and person-centred working. We need someone who sees the bigger picture but works accurately with the details, focusing on each task in hand and managing competing priorities.
How to apply
To apply, you will need an application form and the full job description which you can download below. (CVs will not be accepted).
Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 23rd April 2015.
Interviews will take place on Thursday 30th April in Coalville.
Enrych’s model of providing parallel and integrated support in paid-for and voluntary services recently cited by a local authority leader as ‘something to be commended’
We were very pleased to see our model of service delivery noted for praise in this way.
Read how Enrych enabled Derek to access community services
Derek joined Enrych looking for a volunteer or group to match his wide array of interests. Derek has spina bifida and hydrocephalus causing reduced mobility – but this doesn’t hold him back from living life to the full! Ruby, a young volunteer looking to do a short term placement, came forward to play tennis with Derek at Halton Tennis Club. After 10 weeks Derek had integrated well and joined their wheelchair tennis group practising and improving week after week.
‘I really enjoy the tennis, the coach is very encouraging’
A word from our patron
“It’s a privilege to be associated with Enrych, a much needed charitable service. And it’s a joy to see the difference their work makes in supporting individuals and helping them to achieve the things that make life worth living.”
Graeme Garden, Enrych Patron
Thanks to Graeme from all at Enrych for his continued support – we very much appreciate it
Oxfordshire Spring Newsletter 2015
Trips, holidays, awards and some amazing real-life stories of members and volunteers!
Click on the link to download the Oxfordshire Spring 2015 newsletter
Have your say about accessible sports venues
James Pool, Health Disability & Employment, Office for Disability Issues, Department for Work and Pensions writes…
“Please see attached a joint letter from the Minister for Disabled People Mark Harper MP and the Minister for Sport and Tourism Helen Grant MP about the Accessible Stadium Survey for disabled people who have attended, or would like to attend a spectator sport.
If you would like further information or would prefer a large print, or RTF version of the online questionnaire please contact James Pool at .”
The text of the letter reads:
As I am sure that you are aware there have been a number of articles in the media recently about the poor levels of access to sports stadia and other sporting venues for disabled spectators. As a first step to addressing this issue, we would like to ask for your input into a survey on access to sports stadia.
The Olympic Stadium at Stratford has shown everyone what can be achieved if accessibility is a key part of the planning and building process of a stadium to ensure that it is fully inclusive and accessible. We understand, however, that it would be unrealistic to expect every spectator sports stadium to reach these same standards. The limited resources of small clubs mean that they can often only achieve what is reasonable in terms of access and inclusion. Nevertheless, some small clubs will cater for their disabled supporters in a more inclusive and accessible way than some of the more wealthy clubs.
We would like to know from you who is setting the bar high in terms of access and who needs to raise their game. We would really welcome your views and experiences, and would appreciate it if you could complete the online survey which can be found at:
Please feel free to pass this link onto anyone who you think would like to contribute.
The survey closes on 28 February 2015 so we would welcome your comments by that date.
We are also asking sports clubs about their current access arrangements and the barriers they face making their grounds inclusive and accessible. This information, together with the information we receive from you about the experiences of disabled spectators, will help us to learn more about the current situation and will help us to decide what steps should be taken to ensure that everyone can enjoy watching the sport of their choice.
Helen Grant MP Mark Harper MP
Minister for Sport and Tourism Minister of State for Disabled People
Buckinghamshire Newsletter Spring 2015
Have a read of our latest newsletter for news on trips, socials and new member of the team…