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.
Berkshire Spring Newsetter is here
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Enrychers in Pictures – Jill in Berkshire
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 recent national Enrych Day.
This month we feature Jill, who is a staff member at Enrych Berkshire.
She was nominated by the Enrych Berkshire trustees who said “Jill joined the Enrych Berkshire branch 6 years ago. She has been actively involved in the evolution of the procedures and processes used within our PARCS project in partnership with Reading Borough Council. She has always dealt with people in a calm and professional manner. She has been part of the team and contributed an enormous amount to the success of the Berkshire Branch.”
Pictured here is Jill receiving her award from Enrych Chair of Trustees, Dr Stephen Large.
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.
Enrychers in Pictures – volunteer Catherine
We asked our teams around the country to nominate people in Enrych who had made a real difference to other people’s live. ‘Enrycher’ Awards were presented at our recent national Enrych Day
This month we feature Catherine, who volunteers in Warwickshire.
She was nominated by Co-coordinator Liz who said “Catherine joined in May 2015 as an Enrych volunteer. Since then she has regularly joined our member for coffee, walks, and trips out. They have a number of shared interests, and this has enabled them to develop a lovely friendship. Catherine has since shown an interest in supporting more members and we are currently looking into matching her with another member…or 2!”
Pictured on the right is Catherine receiving her award from Enrych CEO Gina King.
Enrych Comedy Fundraiser – 9th June, Bham
Enrych in Stitches is back!
9th June 2016, The Glee Club, Birmingham, 18.45 til late
Tickets: £19.50 (£15 concession) plus £1.25 booking fee
We are thrilled to be working with Enrych patron, Graeme Garden OBE, once again to stage our third ‘Enrych in Stitches’ comedy fundraiser to mark our 30th birthday. Graeme has brought together an impressive line-up of top class performers who are all generously giving their time for free.
Marcus Brigstocke, Angela Barnes, Phill Jupitus & Francesca Martinez will all be performing.
Tickets can be purchased at The Glee Club Box Office. We have reserved a number of concession priced tickets for sale to Enrych members, clients and staff. Please for the discount code.
Please help spread the word about the show to friends and family. Tweet and post on social media using the hashtag #EnrychinStitches
The perfect way to start your weekend early and see some comedy favourites come together for one night only.
It’s going to be a fun night. Hope to see you there!
For more information about the show contact:
ENRYCH Berkshire invited to Westminster
ENRYCH Berkshire is very excited that we have been invited for a tour of the Houses of Parliament in London.
We were invited following a visit from Alok Sharma, MP for Reading West in October. He was so impressed with the work untaken by the charity in his constituency, he wanted to give our members and volunteers a unique opportunity to view the Houses of Lords and Commons.
The trip will be taking place on Monday 14th April 2014 and we hope to take a group of up to 30 members, volunteers, staff and supporters.
The trip is available to members and volunteers of ENRYCH Berkshire, so if you would like some more information, contact Chris Bounds, Volunteer Project Coordinator on 0118 963 5939 or email
Enrych Berkshire Newsletter January 2014
Click on the link below to read all the latest news and events in Berkshire
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.
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.