News and Events
At Enrych, we are priviledged to meet and support many remarkable and amazing people. Andy is one of them. This is his story…
I am in a wheelchair because I have got cerebral palsy.
When I go out people look at me like I am from Mars or I’ve got two heads just because I cannot walk and talk like everybody else. Some people shout at me and talk to me slowly, but I can understand – I took an A level in maths and I got an A*.
It makes me mad when people talk to the person pushing me, and not me. It’s like saying to me, ‘I’m not talking to you because you won’t understand’, but I do, as you can see by reading this!
So if you see me out and about, try talking to me; I will talk back, you might not understand what I am saying but that doesn’t matter because you will be treating me like you would expect to be treated.
That is all I am asking for. All I want is to able to feel like a human being.
I have been seeing my volunteer Jill from Enrych who comes to help me and this has enabled me to write a children’s book, so Enrych is a brilliant service for people with disabilities.
…Thank you Andy, for sharing your story, and giving such an insight into some of the issues disabled people face every day.
Congratulations to Carol Haines on her award for her work with our photogroup members!
Buckinghamshire Adult Learning course co-ordinator Carol Haines has been given an award for helping a brain injury group.
Carol, 62, from Wing, started a digital photography group for adults with brain injury at the Camborne Centre in Aylesbury five years ago.
She has now retired but was honoured last month with the award. It was presented to her by Malcolm Underhill from IBB Solicitors, the award sponsors, while Dr. Andy Tyerman, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, Community Head Injury Service, thanked her for her work. He said: “This award is well deserved recognition for Carol’s commitment and passion for helping adults with brain injury to achieve to their full potential.”
Photogroup sessions are welcome to everyone and run on a Wednesday from 10AM at Holy Trinity Church, Walton Street, Aylesbury.
You can read more about Carol’s brilliant achievement here:
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
Read our latest newsletter by clicking here.
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.