News and Events
Spotlight on Disability 10 July – 11 August
Did you know
- Only 1 in 2 people believe they have much in common with disabled people
- 1 in 4 people admit they have avoided conversations with disabled people
- Fear of causing offence, feeling uncomfortable or not knowing what to talk about with a disabled person were the most commonly cited reasons for avoiding conversation
There are many barriers to social connections for disabled people – including practical ones, such as accessibility and appropriate social care – but public attitudes can also marginalise individuals. Greater public awareness and understanding of disability is a vital step in addressing the disproportionate levels of loneliness amongst disabled people.
Enrych is supporting the Spotlight on Disability campaign from 10 July – 11 August 2017
Loneliness and disability
We are all more likely to experience loneliness at certain times in our lives, such as retirement, bereavement or after becoming a parent. Disabled people experience the same life transitions as everyone else, but in addition to this, having a disability means they are more likely to be chronically lonely than non-disabled people.
Are you #happytochat? Why don’t you pledge to start a conversation on the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness website.
Someone cares if I’m not there
A new report, ‘Someone Cares If I’m Not There’ explores why loneliness affects so many people with disabilities, from the perspective of disabled people themselves.
The report reveals how disabled people can experience loneliness for a wide range of reasons, including; poor access to services, inaccessible transport and venues, and financial challenges.
Social attitudes are also a significant barrier, as many struggle to see beyond the disability.
Produced for the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, the report is leading the conversation around disability and loneliness during a month-long campaign that will encourage the public and politicians to ‘start a conversation’ about loneliness and disability.
Visit www.sense.org.uk/loneliness to download and read the report.
Victoria completes the London Marathon
She did it !!!
Huge, huge congratulations to Victoria who completed the London Marathon on 23 April 2017.
She writes “It was the most amazing experience ever!
I stuck to my plan and had a perfect run. I finished in 4hrs 54mins 26secs and I’m completely over the moon as my target was to do it in under 5hrs. There were times where it got very tough, around 18 miles, but I just though of all the amazing support I’ve received and pushed through it.
I’d like to thank everyone who donated – we’re up to £915 (excluding gift aid) and I think I might get a few more donations in the next few days.
Thank you to everyone at Enrych for your support. I hope the money raised helps enrich the lives of the amazing people you work with.”
Victoria – we want to thank you for your dedication, commitment and energy. You did an amazing job! We think you are fantastic. Thank you.
There is still time to support Victoria’s new target of £1,000 https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/victoriafairbank
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
Oxfordshire newsletter – Spring 2017
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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!
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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!
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
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.