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January 2014 Newsletter from Enrych National
Download the latest newsletter from Enrych National and find out more about what we did in 2013 and what we plan to do in 2014.
Buckinghamshire Newsletter Autumn 2013
Here’s our Autumn 2013 newsletter – with some uplifting stories of how volunteers are making a difference in the lives of our members – and enjoying themelseves in the process, and news about the Enrych community plus info on up and coming social events.
Enrych National are proud to have been awarded the ‘Positive About Disabled People’ accreditation by the Department for Work and Pensions. The well-known ‘Two Ticks’ sign indicates that we are positive about employing disabled people and working to ensure an accessible work environment.
Enrych Chairman Dr Stephen Large, is thrilled by the move. “Helping people with physical disabilities to recognise and realise their potential is very much our ethos at Enrych, be it cultural, sporting or getting a job. Physical disability often goes hand in hand with low self-confidence and a feeling of social isolation. If we can help someone to increase their independence through employment, then we need to take every step possible to make that happen”.
The accreditation took place on 3 December 2013, which is also the United Nations International Day of Disability. Its theme this year is ‘Break barriers and open doors: to realise an inclusive society for all’. Dr Large said, “This year’s theme couldn’t be closer to what we have been doing at Enrych for the past 26 years. Our volunteers provide an ‘open door’ to enable each individual access what they need to live a more fulfilled and happy life”.
To mark the day, Enrychinvited its Patron, Graeme Garden OBE to attend. Graeme said, “An open door works both ways. It will give our members access to an active and happy life, but will also allow others to see beyond the individual’s disabilities and appreciate their capabilities. I’m delighted to see Enrych accredited in this way.”
3 Dec 2013
Thank you to our Trustees
4th to 10th November 2013 is Trustees Week, and that’s a great time to thank our trustees for all the valuable work they do. Thank you!
Charities like Enrych depend on the skills, experience and dedication of their volunteer trustee boards and we are so grateful for all the time, energy and ingenuity they give.
Trustees come from all walks of life – the one thing in common is that they all make a difference to the lives of many people. If you are interested in becoming a trustee for one of our branches, please contact or ring us on 01926 485446
There is a wide variety of events scheduled around the UK to celebrate Trustees Week. For more info go to www.trusteesweek.org.uk or follow @trusteesweek.
40 years of Clue- Behind the Scene Event
Last night was great evening of entertainment. Liz Puszyk spoke on behalf of Enrych and introduced Barry, Tim, Colin and Graeme, who gave their insight to 40 years of Clue. The fundraiser was a great success. Thank you to Graeme for organising and for encouraging his celebrity friends to support Enrych.
Autumn 2012 Enrych Buckinghamshire Newsletter
Have a read of our Auntum 2012 newsletter, including an introduction to Jenny our new Coordinator in Buckinghamshire, an article on Shirely our award winning long service volunteer, Barbara talks to us about volunteering and Crossroads Care and some of our current vacancies.
Celebrating Shirley – 15 years volunteering with Enrych!
At our pub lunch in October, we had the honor of awarding Shirley a certificate and gift . It was in celebration of the 15 years of support and dedication she has given to our members and charity.
Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to Shirley about her experiences.
Enrych: Tell us about yourself, Shirley.
‘Well, I’ve done many things. I’ve been a nanny, a Postie and run a B&B on the Isle of Mull. I even had a job once checking bank notes for faults.
I started my disabled care work with my father who had no legs. Later, I also worked with Dr Barnardos. When I heard about RCV (as ENRYCH was then), I thought, “What could I offer?”
Before I knew it, I was helping Peter who was in a lay-down wheel chair. It seemed like such a simple thing—spend a few hours a week to share an interest with someone. We would meet at the church in Aylesbury, where I would help Peter enjoy a cooked breakfast. Then we would listen to classical music there together.
After Peter, I volunteered for Johnny and we would do crosswords together at his home. We had so much laughter and a wonderful relationship. Even though Johnny had so much hardship, he made me appreciate life. My eyes were opened.
I also helped Caroline with jigsaw puzzles. We only managed a few pieces in the hours I would sit with her. After she died, her family gave me a beautiful puzzle case.
After Caroline, it was Sally who became my nearest and dearest. (Sally has MS) I helped with her gardening at first and later, she suggested Scrabble.
We’ve laughed and cried together. Sally can only move one arm but she truly lives her life. She is so happy. She puts me to shame!’
Enrych: What difference do you think it has made to the people you have volunteered with?
‘I like to think it gave them something to look forward to at least once a week. We always had a laugh and that’s what they wanted. We’d put the world to rights. It was always about so much more than just a crossword, or a puzzle! (laughs).
When I come to our pub lunch, I think all of our people have every reason to moan, yet together they are such a happy bunch.
You don’t hear anyone saying “Poor me”, or “Why did this happen to me”. They’ve opened my eyes to looking at life in a different way. I do admire them so much.
I like to think that I would help anyone that needed help. Isn’t that what life’s all about?’
Enrych: What do you think has been the best thing about volunteering with Enrych?
‘I think it’s the most productive thing I’ve ever done with my life. I’ve got more out of that than anything else, apart from having children. To give people laughter is such a pleasure’.
Enrych: What advice would you give to anyone out there thinking of volunteering with Enrych?
‘Go for it. You’ll never make a better choice. You really won’t. You’ll feel so fulfilled. I don’t regret a moment of my 15 years.’
Enrych: Well what an inspiration. When we spoke to Sally she told us, ‘ I have learnt a lot from Shirley. She is simply irreplaceable’.
Shirley, thank you so much!
Enrych Buckinghamshire 24 Oct 2012