Support Enrych while you shop
Jayne, Trustee and Fundraiser, explains how you can raise money for Enrych Oxfordshire at no cost to you…
What is Givingabit?
It is a free service funded by high street online retailers.
Givingabit enables individuals, families, friends and communities to support Enrych Oxfordshire through your online shopping.
What is in it for me becoming a Givingabit supporter?
You will be donating to Enrych Oxfordshire every time you shop online. On average you can raise 3% of your shopping basket total. You may even save more money yourself by being rewarded with the most up to date discount codes, daily deals and promotional offers.
What do I need to do?
- Register online here (opens a new window to the Givingabit website)
- Sign in and find Enrych Oxfordshire
- Start shopping… just click on the links for Givingabit to visit your favourite shops.
Spread The Word
Encourage and invite your family and friends to join Givingabit free and help support Enrych Oxfordshire
After a long and fulfilling career with the Coal Board, Enrych East Midlands member Micky continued his passion for steam engines and engineering by volunteering at the Great Central Railway.
Micky now has Parkinson’s which has affected many aspects of his life; friendships and meaningful social connections have become difficult to maintain.
Enrych volunteer, Dr McNeil, also shares Micky’s passion and has been scribing memoirs of his days working on steam engines for the Coal Board and reflect and record some local industrial history.
On completion, Micky and Dr McNeil hope to publish these fascinating accounts in a local industrial heritage magazine for enthusiasts and future generations to enjoy.
Read some of their work below…
The Memoirs of Micky
Scribed by Enrych Volunteer : Dr D McNeil
I met Micky through his contacts with the Enrych charity, who told me that he wanted to write his memoirs of his days working on steam engines for the Coal Board and reflect and record some local industrial history.
The coal supply to Leicester originally came, it seems, from the South Derbyshire coalfield, which extends into north-west Leicestershire. The direct route has to cross an extinct volcano, now known as the Charnwood Forest. The supply of coal would have crossed the Forest by horse-drawn cart and by pack-horse, but this method became too limiting in the upheaval we now call the industrial revolution. To make its wheels turn it needed a coal supply far greater than that the traditional method.
Canals come to the rescue. A canal barge could transport a large quantity of coal at minimal cost, using only one horse nd two men (one to look after the horse and one to steer the barge). The sad thing was the canals connected Leicester to the Nottinghamshire coal fields, not the north-west Leicestershire one. The Ashby Canal, opened in 1794, did serve the southern part of the coalfield, but its connections to Leicester were very long and tenuous. To build a direct canal though the Forest was financially impossible. So one was built along the northern edge of the Forest, from Thringstone to Nanpantan. Instead of a flight of locks leading to the canal quay in Loughborough, there was an early plate-way or railway of sorts. This was opened in 1794. However, the reservoir at the top level, the Blackbrook, on one wet and stormy day in February 1799 bursts its (rather pathetic) dam and the local town of Shepshed was flooded. The Charnwood Forest Canal was never the same again, and was finally closed in 1846.
George Stephenson helped design and build the Leicester to Swannington railway. This line was opened on 17th July 1832 and ran from the coal-fields of Swannington (near Whitwick) to West Bridge in Leicester where it connected to the Soar Navigation. It was remarkable for two things: firstly, the Glenfield tunnel and secondly the invention of the steam whistle. It is interesting to see the extension of coal mines into Leicestershire after this line opened.
Micky joined the Coal Board as an apprentice in 1956. His ambition was to work on steam engines, but these were being phased out. However, his particular favourite, a J94 0-6-0T (for experts), could handle much larger loads than the new diesels then available. He was able to help collect spares from various depots to keep the J94’s running, thereby actually saving man-power as two diesels were required to pull a train that one J94 could manage. In time, however, as bigger diesels and larger wagons became available, time was up for the J94’s.
Micky then became involved with the preserved Great Central Railway at Loughborough. One of his first jobs was to rebuild the boiler of one of the larger types stationed at Loughborough.
Enrych Bucks Photo Group has a new home!
Our very successful photogroup has now moved from its old venue at Trinity Church to The Healthy Living Centre, Unit 1 Walton Court Shopping Centre, Hannon Road, Aylesbury, HP21 8TJ.
This friendly group meets every Wednesday from 10:00-11:45. One session per month is a fieldwork session so we would advise you to check with Steve Cook on 07825005305 before attending the session in case they are out on location.
To view details of what the group has been up to check out their Flickr account.
Enryching lives for over 30 years
Enrych is a charity that supports disabled people to enjoy active and independent lives.
Everyone has the right to enjoy life and make choices about what they do. However, many people with disabilities face barriers every day that can limit their choices or independence and may lead to isolation or depression.
Looking beyond disability
Enrych helps people identify what would make a real difference in their lives (especially through leisure and learning opportunities) and then we find ways to help make it happen. This might be a volunteer partnership, an activity group, Enrych social events or through one-to-one support.
We support people to tailor their own service and have the opportunity to
- Increase self confidence
- Develop independence
- Meet people with the same interests
- Reduce social isolation
- Improve fitness, emotional health and well-being
- Have fun
- Connect, engage and enjoy life in the community
“Having the confidence to use the computer independently has opened up a whole new world and I am so grateful” Enrych member
Enrych supports over 1,800 people every year
Every year, Enrych makes a difference to the lives of over 1,800 disabled people and their families.
We do this through our volunteer partnership projects, social progammes and direct support to individuals through our Enrych Assist Personal Assistant service.
Enrych Support in our members’ words…
I would not have gone on holiday if it hadn’t been for Enrych
Thanks to my volunteer, on days when I feel low, I have a lovely garden to view
The name fits perfectly with me – it has ‘enriched’ my life!
Enrych Support in the words of our member’s families and carers…
I can’t thank you enough, this means so much to us
M would never be doing these things if it wasn’t for Enrych
C feels privileged to have visitors – you are the only ones who see him
What our clients say about having an Enrych Assist Personal Assistant…
Definitely made a positive difference to my life
Very helpful, understanding and supportive
Enrych changed my world. Helped me to go out
I would never be able to do what I do, and would never have had the same opportunities if I hadn’t got my own PA
Encouraging volunteering and supporting disabled volunteers
At Enrych, we support and train over 430 volunteers every year
What our volunteers say about Enrych
I love volunteering for Enrych. It’s nice to know I can make a real difference to someone’s life and has made me definitely appreciate my life more
Delighted to hear J is enjoying it as I’m having great fun!
It’s always a pleasure, a lot of fun and very rewarding. I would recommend volunteering with Enrych to anyone!
We actively encourage disabled people to volunteer, and 10% of our volunteers have a disability.
Enrych volunteers contribute over 14,000 hours every year directly supporting disabled people.
Our volunteers are the life blood of Enrych, and we want to thank each and every one of them.
Victoria’s London Marathon challenge for Enrych Oxfordshire
|Huge thanks to Victoria who is running the London Marathon on 23rd April this year on behalf of Enrych Oxfordshire.
All the best for your training Victoria, and good luck on the big day!
Victoria says “After relocating to Thame for a new job I saw an advert to become a volunteer for Enrych. The advert mentioned a young girl of a similar age to myself with Cerebral Palsy who would like to go out for a coffee and a chat, maybe a trip to the cinema, or even shopping from time to time. Not knowing many people in the area, I thought it would be a great opportunity to meet people and give something back to the community. Over three years later, it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I have gained an amazing friend, and thoroughly enjoy our trips out. In contrast to the ad, we discovered coffee isn’t our thing – we’re both hot chocolate lovers and have enjoyed many of these in the pub together! In the summer we venture out for long walks in the fresh air, putting the world to rights. I didn’t realise how much it would change my life, but meeting A has inspired me greatly. I am really proud of everything she’s achieved and can think of no better charity to fundraise for!
Enrychers in Pictures – the bigger picture
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 national Enrych Day.
This month our picture features Buckinghamshire co-ordinators Jenny and Beth, collecting the award on behalf of the Buckinghamshire team.
As the nominators said “We don’t feel we can single out any individual over another but we want to recognise the enormous contribution of all our volunteers, including our trustees – so this award is for the entire Bucks team.”
We so agree, and are delighted to see a team being recoqnised in this way.
Jenny and Beth are receiving the award from Rob, who as volunteer has done a huge amount of work to help us develop our marketing strategy. We’ve seen this bear fruit all through 2016 with our 30th anniversary innitiatives. Indeed it was Rob who came up with the tag ‘Enrychers in Pictures’ Thank you Rob!
If you have enjoyed our Enrycher videos on YouTube then you may remember Vince (Enrych Member) and Pete (Enrych Volunteer. As our video shows, they both got a lot out of their time together.
We are so sorry to hear that Vince passed away on 1 January 2017 and we send our condolences to Vince’s family. We offer this video as a tribute to a brave and remarkable man, who showed such humour and resilience while facing serious illness.
Enrych at 30 – a look back at the year
What an amazing year it has been for Enrych
Click here to see our newsletter featuring a look back at a year of events and celebrations to mark our 30th birthday. Thank you all for a truly memorable year. Look out for the video!