News and Events
East Midlands Spring Newsletter
Please enjoy the latest news from Enrych East Midlands.
Find out who has joined the team, what our volunteers are doing, and how Enrych has changed people’s lives.
And download our diary of social events for 2017 by clicking on the links below
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!
Christmas Greetings from all of us at Enrych
May we wish all our Enrychers, clients, members and friends of Enrych a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for your hard work and support throughout the year.
Opening hours over the festive period:
* Honiley office will be closed on 26 Dec, 27 Dec and 2 Jan – open all other days from 9 – 5pm
* Coalville office will be closed between 26 Dec and 2 Jan, except for Thursday 29th Dec from 9 – 4pm
* For other branch opening times – please refer to your branch co-ordinator
Artwork created by Enrych clients in our Art Group at The Marlene Reid Centre, Coalville, Leicestershire
Enrychers in Pictures – Colin in East Midlands
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 we feature Colin Edis, who has been Branch Manager in East Midlands for many years, and recently moved into a developement role for Enrych.
He was nominated by his entire office team in Coalville who said they were nominating him “Because he is extraordinary and always goes the extra mile (or in Colin’s case a marathon).
Colin had the foresight to develop sustainable services which are securing the future of the organisation.
Everyone Colin comes into contact with is Enryched by his positive, can-do attitude and his willingness to treat everyone in a way which enables them to fulfil their true and full potential.
Colin is an excellent Ambassador for people with disabilities and embodies all Enrych stands for.
Pictured here is Colin receiving his award from Enrych National Trustee, Jenny Searle
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
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!
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.