News and Events
Quiz Night 18th May – Oxfordshire
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
Good news from the co-ordinators, volunteers’ stories, social events, quizzes and more
Read the latest from Enrych Oxfordshire by clicking on the link below
To get in touch, email us
‘Fantastic and fun’ fundraising Quiz Night
News from our Co-ordinator Theresa:
“Great news that our Quiz Night on 10 November raised £466.00. Thank you to all of you who helped and special thanks to Brenda and Christine for your work with the raffle, it was appreciated as always.
For those not there, it was a brilliant night, the atmosphere was great, with loads of laughter, the odd bit of dancing and great food. ”
Quiz Night Friday 10 November!
We are delighted to announce the popular Oxfordshire Quiz Night is back!
Friday 10th November 2017
Thame Guide Hall, Southern Road, Thame, Oxford OX92EE
You don’t need to bring a team. We can put you with a team
Wheelchair access, including toilet facilities
Quiz & Chip Shop Supper – £12.50 a head / Quiz only £7.50 a head
Gluten Free Fish & Chips available – please indicate GF version if booking
Please bring your own drinks
Raffle – prizes appreciated
To book your place(s) download the attached form and return to Theresa with payment.
For more info, email Theresa by clicking or ring 07968 350 587
Remembering Leonard Cheshire, VC
September 7th would have been our founder Leonard Cheshire’s 100th birthday. Enrych is joining with his family, friends and other organisations to celebrate the life and achievements of this remarkable man. His family have set up a special webpage of Shared Memories, where you can see photos, read memories and add your own tributes. To go to that page, click here (opens new website).
Enrych was founded in 1986 to support disabled people and we are proud that we have been implementing Leonard Cheshire’s vision to help improve the quality of life for disabled people for over 30 years.
What our clients say about Enrych…
Enrych has been supporting disabled people for over 30 years. It’s important to us that we offer an outstanding service to all the disabled people support – enabling them to be as active and independent as possible, and living their lives in the way they choose.
One of our services is a one-to-one Personal Support Assistant service (Enrych Assist) which operates in the East Midlands and Oxfordshire.
How do we know what our clients think of our service? We ask them!
What I like about using Enrych…
Consistent and reliable
Convenience and flexibility
Staff are outstanding
How my Enrych PA has made a difference in my life…
My PAs have given me so much confidence to do the things I never thought I would be able to do. I never thought I’d have the confidence to travel on my own.
I go out and about a lot more often than I did previously. I wouldn’t be able to go out on my own I look after myself more. I have started doing a bit of cooking. Going out, putting make-up on lifts my mood. It has made a major difference
What we have learnt from our clients in the East Midlands…
- Our PAs are doing great work! Client satisfaction was high last year and even higher this year
- Overwhelmingly, clients feel having an Enrych PA has made a positive difference (98% said so)
- Clients think PAs are well-trained and have a good understanding of their needs (92% said yes)
- Over a third of clients attend Enrych social events, and value this aspect of our work (95% agree)
- Safeguarding is always at the forefront of our support and this is reflected in 100% of clients saying ‘I feel safe with my PA’
For more information about Enrych Assist PA service click here
Click on the icon below to download the full report
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