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Annual Report 2017—2018 Making a real difference to the lives of disabled people in Herefordshire


Welcome This has been a year of growth for ECHO. In July we took over the running of 3 Leominster projects that had been part of the Brandon Trust. The Priory Centre, Eaton Barn and Studio Mirai (formerly Tip Top) have given us lots more activities in Leominster. You can read about their work in this report. We were also very pleased to start a new project in Hereford. The Saxon Hall Community Café opened in January and is already a great success. All our existing projects continue to grow and develop. About Face have been touring their amazing show “We Are All Stories”. Rose Tinted Rags have had two stunning exhibitions at Berrington Hall. Our community links have led to some great partnership working and new sporting opportunities with Leominster Tennis Club, Leominster Town Football Club and the Lads Club in Hereford. As ever we would like to thank our brilliant staff and volunteers who make all this activity possible. Joy House and Rose Hunt (joint chairs)


ECHO—WHAT WE DO ECHO works to make a real difference to the lives of disabled people in Herefordshire. We support people to be valued members of their community. ECHO offers lots of different activities during the day and in the evenings. Each week we provide 227 hours of activities over 6 days and 4 evenings.

Our day opportunities provide a full day of supported activity where people work together to learn new skills. Our leisure and social activities happen in community venues during the day, the evening and at weekends.

Community Connections support individuals in their local community: making friends, volunteering, getting involved and joining in community life.

Speaking Up supports our participants to get involved in all aspects of running ECHO, including trusteeship, Rep Group and volunteering.


OUR WORK THIS YEAR

New Projects Studio Mirai is the new name chosen for the former Tip Top Workshop. The participants learn new skills in furniture upcycling including sanding, mending and painting. As well as keeping old furniture out of landfill, they are also producing beautiful restored items for sale.

The Priory Centre offers a more gentle day with the focus on learning new skills and staying healthy. There are weekly trips to the gym and the swimming pool. We are also enjoying aromatherapy massages with our volunteer, Humphrey. On sunny days everyone enjoys our sheltered courtyard garden.

On our cooking days we produce healthy, low fat, vegetarian meals and soups.


Eaton Barn is our new gardening project. Set in 2 acres of beautiful countryside, everyone has to work hard to keep the vegetables growing and the weeds under control.

Eric is a very special member of the team, helping to keep mice and other unwanted visitors away.

Eaton Barn is one of Haygrove’s supported Community Gardens. They give us lots of time and help. They also gave us our polytunnels. It is a great example of partnership working.

Saxon Hall Community CafĂŠ opened in January. Every Wednesday the 4 participants enjoy serving lovely home made food to the public and visitors to Saxon Hall.


Other Day Opportunities Lifelinks in Hereford continues to mix community volunteering, learning new skills and social activity.

The Lifelinks coffee morning was a great success.

The participants at Rose Tinted Rags loved their “Fashion Upcycling� project and gave us all a brilliant fashion show at the AGM in September.

Their Spun Gold exhibition lit up the dining room at Berrington Hall at Christmas.


About Face now runs for 5 days a week. Every day is different with lots of opportunities to learn about different aspects of theatre and to perform to the public, families and friends. The Main Company have been busy with “We Are All Stories” which opened at the Black & White House in Hereford.

The Wednesday Group performed Peter and the Wolf and a new show called “Finding Daisy”.

The Thursday Group wrote a Camping Play especially for ECHOFest.

The Friday Group have gone from Hansel and Gretel to Shakespeare! Very impressive.


The Weavers and Spinners have been out and about demonstrating their skills at local fetes and craft fairs.

The Storytellers have been exploring tales from Shakespeare to Harry Potter.

A fire at Rural Crafts stopped our harvesting in September. But everyone is back and working hard in the garden.

Clever Betsy is definitely the most colourful shop in Leominster! We get so many wonderful donations which the team use to create some fantastic artwork.


Leisure and Social Activities Here are some of this year’s highlights: A small group of participants had a sunny few days cruising on the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Our Community Learning Courses are a chance to get creative and learn new skills.

The Rep Group raised over ÂŁ800 on their sponsored walk in August. Thank you especially to Jonathan for taking part on the day. We miss you.

Our weekly New to Tennis sessions are run in partnership with Leominster Tennis Club. Around 20 people of all ages and abilities have tried out the sessions over the year.


ECHOFest Our second inclusive music festival was bigger and better than before. July 15th saw Dom’s Bike Stop rocking to 8 live bands on the outdoor stage. We had Bulgarian Dancers (Thank you S&A Fruit pickers)….

…. A Fire-eater

….the Big Weave… and much, much more.

And thanks to the Mobiloo, the whole Festival was accessible to all.


Our Summer Activities programme included old favourites and some new activities to try. The BBQ is always popular and this year featured a very silly quiz.

Kington Lions organised a great night of Boules at the Tram Inn.

Cricket at Burghill is another old favourite

And everyone enjoys cooking round the fire at the Houghton Project

Stormy skies didn’t stop our summer walkers.


Inclusive Volunteering Our Big Lottery Funded volunteering project came to an end in May. Over 5 years we helped more than 40 participants to become volunteers. This included:

Collecting the money at Yoga

Helping at Leominster Museum

Working in St Michaels’ hospice café

Looking after the birds at Vicarage Street Community Garden.


How is ECHO Run? Participant Led Anyone who uses our services can join ECHO and have a say in how we are run.

The Rep Group Rep Group members are elected each year to speak up for all our participants and projects.

The Board Four of our ten trustees are ECHO participants.

The Staff and Volunteers We now have 34 people working for us and over 90 volunteers. Without their dedication and hard work, ECHO could not continue.


Our Trustees

Jocelyn Hughes Chair (until Oct 17)

Mand Hamblin

Blaise White Treasurer

Joy House

Rose Hunt

Paul Scott Vice Chair

Sue Robbins

Richard Smith Jason Stuchbery Michelle Tilbury The Rep Group 2017

From left to right: Standing: John Stuchbery, Nick Burt, Marianne Simpson, Bev Davies, Richard Woodall, Donovan Lewis Seated: Matt Jones, Aida Kiledjian, Mand Hamblin


THANK YOU! Thank you to our participants who make ECHO such a special place.

Thank you to all our staff who always go the extra mile.

Thank you to all 96 volunteers who give their time so unstintingly …. celebrating

…..sharing a stage

…..learning to dance

….. And much, much more.


Thank you to all the individuals and local groups who have made donations to ECHO this year: Betty Twyford Cookers, BPI films Leominster, Christine Powell fundraising team, Clarnor Estates, Gladestry W.I., Hundred House W.I., Kington & Hereford Lions Club, Hereford Rotary Club, Lanyard Bowdler solicitors, Leominster Festival Fund, Leominster Inner Wheel, Leominster Town Council Mayor’s fund, Royal Edward Lodge Benevolent Fund, S & A Fruit, The Catenian Association, Waitrose fund, the customers at Stepping Stones, Just for You and the Tram Inn, the staff at Brightwells auction rooms, everyone who gives a regular monthly donation by direct debit and all the people who have made a one off donation, organised a fundraising event, bought a draw ticket or put a coin or two in our collecting tins…… To all our grant funders: Baily Thomas Charitable Fund, the Co-op Community Fund, Croft Trust, Eveson Charitable Trust, E F Bulmer Benevolent Fund, GMC Trust, Herefordshire Council, Tudor Trust To our partner organisations: The Fetch Theatre, Green Eyed Monster, Haygrove, Herefordshire Activities Together, Herefordshire Mencap, Leominster Tennis Club, Leominster Town Council, Leominster Town Football Club, Hereford Lads Club, The Music Pool, Walk Herefordshire


Money This is a summary of how we have spent our money this year. Full copies of our accounts are available from the ECHO office. Summary Income & Expenditure for the year ending 31/3/18 Income From generated funds From charitable activities Total income

2017 £68,536 £371,799 £440,335

2018 £70,684 £535,866 £606,550

Money spent Fundraising costs Charitable activities Total Money Spent Balance Money brought forward Money to carry forward

£1,507 £461,974 £463,481 -£23,146 £331,106 £307,960

£37,436 £545,429 £582,865 £23,685 £307,960 £331,645

Balance sheet for year ending 31/3/18 Current Assets Creditors Net current Assets Funds Restricted Unrestricted—general Unrestricted—designated Total Funds

2017 £331,402 £23,442 £307,960

2018 £368,886 £37,241 £331,645

£16,489 £141,530 £149,941 £307,960

£48,126 £194,827 £88,692 £331,645


For further details of the work of ECHO please contact

40 West Street Leominster Herefordshire HR6 8ES Telephone: 01568 620307 Fax: 01568 620308 Email: echo.info@echoherefordshire.co.uk Website: www.echoherefordshire.org.uk Registered Charity No: 1096449 Company No: 4475254

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ECHO Herefordshire Annual Report 2017-18  

A colourful easy read summary of our year's work

ECHO Herefordshire Annual Report 2017-18  

A colourful easy read summary of our year's work

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