News and Events
Great Get Together Tea
Enrych swindon are please to announce their Afternoon Tea as part of the Great Get Together initiative inspired by Jo Cox
Thursday 21st June, 2-4pm
All welcome – please RSVP to Lauren or ring 07754 408 152
Trip to Bournemouth – 19 September 2018
If you’d like to join us, please reply before 23 July
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Oxfordshire Summer Newsletter
The summer newsletter for Oxfordshire is available now
With news of upcoming trips and events, and amazing stories from our members and volunteers – it’s a must for your summer reading
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Celebrating a successful Enrych Partnership
In the past 12 months across all regional branches, Enrych have supported 900 disabled people and their families through the Enrych Support service, which helps adults with disabilities to enjoy leisure, sporting or learning activities through personalised volunteer partnerships.
This could only be achieved with the help of our 430 volunteers who donated over 11,000 hours of their time.
Enrych Swindon & Wiltshire recently met up with one of our partnerships to talk about how the service had worked for them. Here is their partnership story…
Terry was referred to Enrych through the Swindon Borough Council Community Navigator scheme in the latter part of 2016, following a series of conditions that had impacted his health, when a fourth stroke left him with no feeling in the left side of his body. This affected his balance which subsequently meant his mobility was reduced as well as the fine motor skills in his left hand, and previously being a left-handed engineer, this really affected Terry’s quality of living. He lost confidence and became anxious about going outside of the home and ended up in a situation where he wasn’t leaving the house and his wife was acting as his full-time carer.
Jonathan joined Enrych as a volunteer after relocating to the area. An associate of his who was involved with Enrych in the region where he’d lived previously, informed him of the Swindon branch, and that new volunteers were required.
Once Terry had signed up as a member of the Enrych Support scheme, he targeted himself with goals that related to getting him out of the house and active again, improving his fitness and wellbeing, and increasing his confidence and social interaction.
Jonathan and Terry were partnered together towards the end of 2016. Terry had highlighted a want to travel around Swindon on the bus and once confidence had been built to leave the house through walks up and down Terry’s road, they started working towards this. Terry had previously used the bus system to get around and really enjoyed the independence of getting back on the bus. Together they travelled all around Swindon and ventured into outer villages, such as Highworth. This was a turning point for Terry and the partnership thrived from there onwards.
Their trips out evolved into car journeys around Swindon. With Jonathan being new to the area he didn’t know his way about so it proved a good test of Terry’s memory directing them around town, as memory loss is another side effect of the strokes Terry has encountered. They would drive to different parks around town and get out to go for a walk around.
Now over 18 months into their partnership, they continue to progress, and after Terry had a chat with his doctor to make sure it was a suitable activity, they now visit the gym each week for a work out, with Jonathan noting how energised Terry is after these visits. They often follow this up with a trip to a local pub for a cheeky half of shandy!
Terry says he has a new lease of life due to his partnership with Jonathan. He’s learning how to live actively with his mobility restrictions and his confidence is continuing to improve. He says it has been life changing and he is getting back to the old Terry. He also recognises the positive impact it’s had on his wife, noting that she sees the difference it’s made in him, how she’s less like a carer for him now and how his time spent with Jonathan is giving her some of her own time back.
Terry had previously been placed on other initiatives to support him, but they were all group focused activities, and whilst he appreciated that they were effective sessions, he didn’t feel that they worked well for him with his particular challenges. Whereas he says the partnership scheme through Enrych has helped by building an individualised plan with him at the centre, which has been implemented on a 1:1 basis and has provided just what he’s needed to bring these positive changes to his life.
Jonathan says he’s enjoyed his partnership with Terry and he feels he’s benefited in many ways from volunteering through Enrych, from getting him out of the house and embracing his new community; the positive reward of being part of helping Terry to achieve his goals and re-engage in life; to making a new friend in Terry that over a year and a half later, he still sees every week.
This is a perfect example of what ENRYCH Support aims to achieve with our members. It can’t be done without the commitment of our fantastic volunteers, who like Jonathan, often comment how much they get from the experience themselves. If you’re considering volunteering and would like to be involved with bringing those little pleasures into someone’s routine, please get in touch and we can talk through what this could entail.
Enrych Bucks and MK are recruiting…
Enrych has a track record of success, steadily increasing the number of people benefiting from our services across Bucks and more recently into Milton Keynes. There is a strong demand for our services, and we are now adding a third Co-ordinator to reinforce our presence across our area, but with a particular focus on the Vale of Aylesbury. We are looking for a self-motivated person who is passionate about improving the quality of life for disabled people. This is an opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives through an approach that has earned a reputation for meeting individual needs and aspirations.
Working and travelling from home, this is a 14 hours a week appointment, on a flexible arrangement, and initially for a one year contract. If we can secure the funding we’ll aim to increase the weekly hours (to a maximum of 21) and lengthen the contract period.
Salary will be up to £21,000, depending on qualifications and experience, pro-rata to the hours worked. A contribution to a pension will also be provided, in compliance with workplace pension requirements.
Please complete the application form and submit it to by 4th June 2018. Interviews will be held on 20th or 21st June 2018. We would hope to hire somebody by September 2018. If you have any questions, please email Jenny or phone on 07511 142268.
Spring newsletter for Oxfordshire
The latest newsletter for Oxfordshire is hot off the press!
Meet some of our amazing members and volunteers, get details of our social events, find out about the ‘Enrych family’. Download the latest newsletter by clicking the icon below:
Enrych East Midlands Spring 2018 Newsletter
Packed full of stories, pictures and useful info.
- Find out about Staunton Harold Hall and its connection with Leonard Cheshire
- Read about how Jason, Eric and Matthew met at the Enrych Art Group
- Read Tammy’s allotment story
- Find out what exciting social and fundraising events we have coming up
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Quiz Night 18th May – Oxfordshire
Have a read of our latest newsletter…
Please take a look at our Spring 2018 newsletter, including farewell to Sharon, information on our Buckingham Palace trip and afternoon tea, Tai Chi and our marathon runners…
Meet Caroline, our runner for London Marathon 2018
We are delighted to introduce Caroline from Buckinghamshire, who will be running the London Marathon on behalf of Enrych on 22 April 2018.
She is currently training hard for the big day – not an easy task in the winter snow and wind – and you can sponsor her by going to www.virginmoneygiving.com and searching for Enrych or click here to go to her page (opens a new window)
“..raise money for a local charity and see what a difference that money will make to local people”
Tell us about yourself, Caroline
I started running about 6 years ago and only ever had the intention of running 5K to keep fit and healthy. I decided to join Lakeside Runners in Milton Keynes so I would have people to run with on the dark winter nights. I soon saw other people in the club doing amazing things like half marathons and full marathons and knew if they could do it so could I!
Have you run any marathons before?
In 2014 I ran my first marathon in Milton Keynes and have now ran a total of 8 marathons many of which have been across Europe including Berlin, Paris, Dublin, Warsaw etc.
I’ve also now qualified as a personal trainer and work part time for AD Fitness in Kempston where I also run Couch To 5K course and pass my passion of running onto others.
What made you decide to run for Enrych in 2018?
I ran the London Marathon back in 2015 and I jumped at the opportunity to run it again in 2018. Not only for the personal achievement but to also help raise money for a local charity and to be able to see what a difference that money will make to local people.
Our very deep thanks to Caroline, and wishing her all the best in her training