News and Events
New Enrycher videos launched
A new series of videos capturing life changing stories of disabled people accessing Enrych’s services have been launched by Enrych East Midlands.
Eight short films featuring Enrych member/volunteer partnerships and Enrych PA/client relationships were shown at the branch’s 30th Anniversary celebration events on 23rd September in Coalville, Leicestershire.
One film tells the story of Emily (client) who as a result of having the support of her Personal Assistant, Katrina, had increased in confidence to the extent that she secured her first job at Sainsbury’s… which (as you’ll see in the video) called for a celebratory flapjack.
Another video features Colin (member) and Matt (Volunteer) who were brought together by their love of football and Colin’s dream of writing his own book on railway history. Matt wears many Enrych hats and visits Colin once or twice a month.
There is also a look at the Enrych Community Allotment Group which is on the look out for more volunteers to help even more disabled people benefit from the therapeutic benefits of community gardening.
East Midlands celebrates 30th Anniversary
Enrych East Midlands marked Enrych’s 30th birthday with a day of celebrations at the Marlene Reid Centre in Coalville, Leicestershire on 23rd September.
Over 100 Enrych members, carers, volunteers and charity staff gathered as Councillor Richard Blunt, Leader of North West Leicestershire District Council, congratulated Enrych on thirty years of empowering disabled people to enjoy more active and independent lives through the charity’s volunteer partnerships scheme, social events programme and rapidly expanding Personal Assistants service.
Councillor Blunt said: “I’m very honoured to have been invited here today. My family’s connections with the charity meant that from a young age I was aware that no one with a disability should be made to feel invisible. Enrych plays an important role in building confidence and helping people turn things around in their lives. I would encourage us all to seize those turnaround moments as Enrych does every day.”
The audience, which included commissioners and social workers in adult social care, heard from PhD students David Clayton and Emma Brogila at Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare, Sheffield University, who demonstrated Miro, a companion robot, and Pacifica, a wellbeing smartphone app – new innovations to alleviate loneliness and promote good mental wellbeing.
Enrych was founded in 1986 by Leonard Cheshire and Sue Ryder to support people with disabilities to enjoy leisure and learning opportunities of their choice and, by doing so, reduce social isolation and increase their confidence.
Alongside the volunteer partnerships, Enrych East Midlands also successfully runs a personal assistant service, Enrych Assist, for individuals who want to live more independently with regular support for day-to-day tasks such as household jobs, going to appointments or attending a college course.
Earlier this year, the branch expanded its PA service to offer personal assistants for people with mental health support needs in Leicestershire and Derbyshire. Self referrals and referrals from health and social care professionals are welcome.
For more information about Enrych and to access services visit www.leicestershire-derbyshire.enrych.org.uk or call 01530 832926.
View more event pictures on our Facebook page.
East Midlands latest newsletter – Autumn 2016
Autumn 2016 newsletter – news, upcoming trip and well done to Peter
Please have a look at our Autumn newsletter which includes news, details of our upcoming trip and information on our member Peter’s success at the Parallel London event.
Enrychers in Pictures – Jill in Berkshire
We asked our teams around the country to nominate people in Enrych who had made a real difference to other people’s lives. ‘Enrycher’ Awards were presented at our recent national Enrych Day.
This month we feature Jill, who is a staff member at Enrych Berkshire.
She was nominated by the Enrych Berkshire trustees who said “Jill joined the Enrych Berkshire branch 6 years ago. She has been actively involved in the evolution of the procedures and processes used within our PARCS project in partnership with Reading Borough Council. She has always dealt with people in a calm and professional manner. She has been part of the team and contributed an enormous amount to the success of the Berkshire Branch.”
Pictured here is Jill receiving her award from Enrych Chair of Trustees, Dr Stephen Large.
Day out at Ulverscroft Manor
20 members, volunteers, carers and friends of Enrych East Midlands enjoyed a lovely day at Ulverscroft Manor on the 31st August. The day consisted of tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival, a 2 course hot lunch and tea and cake in the afternoon. Everyone enjoyed a peaceful day looking out at the wonderful countryside and those who chose to, took a buggy ride through the grounds. The new wheelchair accessible buggy had its first official trip out too!
It was a wonderful day for chatting to friends and making new ones!
Enrych Oxfordshire Summer Newsletter 2016
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Personal Assistants required in East Midlands
If you like working with people and want to work for a charity like Enrych then click here to find out more. We are recruiting now in Leicestershire and Derbyshire! No personal care involved.
Enrych 30th anniversary report
Our latest report, celebrating our 30th anniversary and featuring each of our branches is now available. Download it by clicking here
Our Chair of Trustees, Dr Stephen Large writes
I am delighted to share with you our Enrych Annual Report, celebrating 30 years of supporting disabled people. I think it is a remarkable document. To me it is extraordinary how much we have achieved. It is good to be able to talk about so many success stories, and areas of growth, despite the difficult economic climate. I would personally like to thank everyone who has been a part of this success, and especially to those who have shared their stories here.
Enrychers in Pictures – volunteer Catherine
We asked our teams around the country to nominate people in Enrych who had made a real difference to other people’s live. ‘Enrycher’ Awards were presented at our recent national Enrych Day
This month we feature Catherine, who volunteers in Warwickshire.
She was nominated by Co-coordinator Liz who said “Catherine joined in May 2015 as an Enrych volunteer. Since then she has regularly joined our member for coffee, walks, and trips out. They have a number of shared interests, and this has enabled them to develop a lovely friendship. Catherine has since shown an interest in supporting more members and we are currently looking into matching her with another member…or 2!”
Pictured on the right is Catherine receiving her award from Enrych CEO Gina King.