News and Events
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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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.
Enrych comedy show raises £3,500
Some of the UK’s biggest touring comedians and TV favourites performed at the ‘Enrych in Stitches’ comedy fundraiser earlier this month raising £3,500 for Enrych.
Phill Jupitus, Marcus Brigstocke, Angela Barnes and Francesca Martinez entertained a packed audience on 9th June in Birmingham.
Enrych patron, Graeme Garden OBE, best known for the 70s comedy show ‘The Goodies’, was behind the event and had personally invited the household names to take part.
Graeme said: “We were thrilled to have had such a stellar line-up generously giving their time to raise lots of laughs, and funds, for a great cause.
“Marcus did a magnificent job of steering the ship as compere, and my fellow patron, Francesca, inspired the crowd with her humorous reflections on growing up with a disability. Phill treated us to one of his rare poetry sets and Angela closed the show superbly.”
Francesca was officially announced as an Enrych patron to an audience of 170 comedy lovers, who during the course of the night dug deep to raise £450 through raffle ticket sales.
Operating across the region, Enrych supports 1,500 disabled people each year to enjoy active and independent lives. The comedy show was the highlight of the charity’s 30th anniversary celebrations and the funds raised will go towards Enrych’s volunteer partnership service which helps overcome the social isolation that many people experience as a result of their disability.
Gina King, Chief Executive of Enrych, said:
“Simple pleasures in life and every day activities or pastimes such as the cinema, going to the football, day trips or baking a cake can be a real struggle for some of our members. By matching them with a volunteer partner who shares the same interests, we can make the world of difference to the health, wellbeing and quality of life of disabled people.”
Alongside the volunteer partnerships, Enrych is planning to expand its 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.
“At a time when disabled people, and their carers, are struggling to cope with cuts to benefits and other provision, there is a huge demand for our services,” added Gina.
“The comedy night was a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate our 30th year, reach a new audience of potential volunteers and enrich more lives.”
View all the photos here: Enrych in Stitches Comedy Night Photos
Thank you to Graeme, our acts, and volunteers on the night, especially Richard Raynor who took the fabulous photographs.
Do you enjoy a stroll around the park in Swindon?
We have 2 lovely ladies with visual impairments and some mobility issues who need a volunteer once or twice a month to spare an hour to accompany them for a walk around the local parks in Old Town, Swindon. They enjoy a chat and fresh air but are not confident to do this on their own. If you would like an excuse to get out and have a cup of tea, a chat and enjoy our parks then please get in touch with Jo Heaven, Enrych Project Co-ordinator on 07771804365 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Enrych at Swindon Fun Weekend
Enrych will be one of the charities to benefit from the Swindon Fun Weekend. We will be hosting the Market Place on Sunday 17 July between 11am – 5pm. Come and say hello – find us at the Polo Ground, Marlborough Road. If you would like a stall contact Jo Heaven on 07771804365 or email Joanna.email@example.com
BBQ at Lydiard Park for Swindon Enrych
A big thank you in advance to the interns at Research Council UK who are hosting a BBQ for our members and volunteers. It will be held at Lydiard Park on Wednesday 27 July between 12 – 2pm. Please bring a dish of food to share and your own seating. Confirm your attendance with Jo on 07771804365 or firstname.lastname@example.org