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InTouch. The Magazine for Enham’s Supporters and Friends

“Looking back at my first year as CEO of Enham”  eta Wilkinson, P Chief Executive, page 2

Winter | 2011/2012

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Dear Friend, I have been at Enham for just over a year now and I still feel the same level of excitement at seeing the real difference we make to the lives of the people we work with.

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However, I’m also determined to see us make an even bigger difference in the future. I hope I can inspire you and others to continue to be such fantastic supporters of Enham.

Contents Cover Story: A Message from our Chief Executive

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The HRH Duchess of Gloucester Visit

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Cover Story: Chairman Roderick Chamberlain Completes 6-year Tenure

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“Hardest Hit” Rally

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Leading Change at the Houses of Parliament

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Corporate Activities

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Cover Story: BBC’s The One Show Visits Enham

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Cover Story: Shaun Barker

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Leaving a Legacy to Enham

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Minibus Appeal

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New Employment Programme

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Community Events

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New Appeal: Accessible Housing in Central Andover

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It is important for us to be focused on our future, to ensure that our services continue to meet the changing needs of people with disabilities or other needs, but we also need to celebrate our current successes and the impact they are having right now. You’ll be able to read more about many of these activities in this issue of In Touch. Despite the challenging times in which we are working, we continue to attract funding and develop partnerships and links with external agencies. We are now delivering the Work Programme service. This service helps people access the support they need to find a job that lasts. I know that everyone who supports, volunteers or works for Enham cares passionately about making us stronger as an organisation – so we can deliver more choices to more people. I am really looking forward to twelve months’ time, when I feel confident I’ll be reporting back on an even more successful year because we are committed to being the best. Lastly, I’d like to say a big thank you, from me personally and from Enham, for all your support. We couldn’t do it without you.

Peta Wilkinson, Chief Executive

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Chairman Roderick Chamberlain completes 6-year Tenure

A Visit from HRH The Duchess of Gloucester (GCVO) On Thursday May 19th 2011 our Patron the Duchess of Gloucester paid a visit to Enham’s Andover site, to meet clients, volunteers and staff. Included in the tour was a visit to the Teaching Kitchen. This provides Enham clients with the cooking skills required for independent living, including the safe use of equipment and food hygiene. Clients apply these skills when catering for a monthly local village lunch, covering all aspects from budgeting, to the purchase of food items, to the cooking and ending with the meeting and greeting of clients on the day.

Truly inspiring Her Royal Highness described her visit as “truly inspiring” in a letter of thanks we received from her Lady in Waiting, whilst also passing on her thanks for “the tea (and delicious cakes!)”. Peta Wilkinson summed up the day:

My wife and I have been involved as volunteers and supporters of Enham since 1990: I have been a Trustee since 2002 and Chairman since 2005. I call the role “an everyday lesson in humility” and myself “quite simply the luckiest man in England”, for it brings the privilege of working with our wonderful clients and brilliantly motivated staff, as well as giving me access to people and places I would never have dreamed of, in the cause of talking about Enham, its people, history and potential. We can all be pleased and indeed proud that Enham does not rest on the laurels of its 90 year history, but uses the traditions and solidity of that heritage continually to seek out fresh approaches and creative solutions to the constant search for greater independence for disabled people. We are really beginning to walk the talk of client-centred working, thanks largely to the Partnership Board. I trust you will maintain that restless curiosity which recognises the inadequacy of today beside the possibilities of tomorrow; and the humble and confident attitude that allows us best to explore with our clients the full potential for their independence. This role has been far the most rewarding of my career, and I wish the new Chair every happiness, and therefore success, in leading Enham through the next phase of our evolution.

“We were delighted to welcome our Patron on what was a lovely day and occasion. Her Royal Highness continues to be a vital source of support and inspiration.” Peta Wilkinson

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Challenging Times

The past twelve months have been a big challenge to charities such as ours. You may have seen in the news that the Government has produced a number of new policies that directly affect the lives of disabled people, and there are many more to come. The Coalition Government is still considering withdrawing the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance for those people living in residential care homes. A decision on whether to implement this policy will be taken in 2013. As a charity supporter, you will understand the impact further cuts could have. Changes in Disability

currently enables our clients to be part of the community, in particular through the purchase of powered wheelchairs.

Living Allowance, if they go through, will affect many of Enham’s clients. For instance, those living in one of our three care homes would have reduced money to spend on travel. It is this travel money which

Enham’s Trustees, clients and staff remain concerned about the threat to funding. To this end we have been working hard to make sure people with disabilities have their say, and we will continue to fight for the rights of disabled people.

“Hardest Hit” Rally Against Benefit Cuts Enham clients and staff led a march on Parliament on May 11th 2011, to demonstrate against cuts in services for disabled people. This was the largest demonstration for disabled people in UK history, attended by over 8,000. The march certainly caught the eye of the media, with coverage on both the BBC and ITV News. The actress and activist Jane Asher told the rally.

“It is very sad that it has come to this; cuts are bearing down disproportionately on those with disability.” Jane Asher Enham fully understands the need for the Government to reduce overall spending, but we will continue to ensure the needs of our client group remain high on the Government’s agenda.

Enham clients and staff rally

We want MPs and peers to hear about the services that people with disabilities need, and will do everything we can to ensure the continuation of services we know our clients require to live the lives they choose.

“I came here to speak out not just for myself but also for my peers. We can’t sit back and watch cuts take effect without voicing our opinion.” Svend Hunter, Enham client

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Leading the Debate for Change at the Houses of Parliament On Tuesday June 14th 2011, Enham hosted an innovative event at the Houses of Parliament, to raise awareness of the impact of economic and policy changes on the charity sector. Courtesy of the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, the event brought together Government officials, many of the UK’s leading charities and disabled clients to discuss how to manage a charity through such challenging times. Approaches to maintaining and developing services were shared and explored, focusing on the ways in which service can be evolved.

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Roderick Chamberlain, Chairman of Enham, chaired the occasion and welcomed guests, including MPs and members of the House of Lords.

The final presentation by Gordon Morris, Managing Director of Age UK, addressed the subject of ‘Seeking Opportunities Whilst Mitigating Risk’.

There were three presentations, the first being from Enham CEO Peta Wilkinson, with the theme ‘Securing Financial Stability in Uncertain Times’, who summed up the challenge with the words:

Key themes emerging from the presentations were that:

“As the chill wind of Government spending cuts sweep our sector we need to turn our attention to thinking, acting and behaving in very different ways whilst maintaining the integrity of our mission, values and aims.” Peta Wilkinson Delegates also heard Sir Nick Partridge, CEO of the Terrence Higgins Trust, on ‘Supporting Clients, Staff and Volunteers to Engage in Change’.

C  harities need to make services flexible and portable, with ability to adapt to changing circumstances. T  here needs to be further increased co-operation between charities and engaged local communities. B  old and innovative solutions are essential to meet the challenges of the current environment. The event was a great success, made possible through the sponsorship of Hiscox Home Insurance. The dialogue of change must be an ongoing process, in which Enham will continue to provide a lead in setting the agenda.

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Christmas Tree Posters

This year we are again inviting organisations to take part in our Christmas Tree poster Campaign.

It couldn’t be easier! We will supply you with a Christmas Tree poster to display around your workplace. Ask your colleagues to write their Christmas message in the bauble shaped spaces provided, and donate the money they would otherwise have spent buying Christmas cards to Enham. Who Can Take Part? Companies, schools, church groups, scouts, guides: we shall be pleased to hear from all.

“We took part in the Christmas Tree fundraising campaign last year. It was a fun and easy way to raise money, perfect for getting into the Christmas spirit and all for a great cause! We will certainly be doing it again this year.” Hannah Randolph, Eventful Publishing contact details

Jill Livingstone Major Partnerships Manager T: 01264 345800 Ext 3200 E: jill.livingstone@enham.org.uk

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A Cycle from London to Winchester for Enham

Working with Enham is a fantastic way of encouraging company team spirit, having fun with your colleagues whilst helping a really worthy cause. We would like to thank a few of the companies who have helped Enham recently: Architecture PLB On July 17th, ten hardy cyclists from Architecture PLB rode 78.5 miles from London to Winchester, raising money for Enham. Heavy rain and a few good hills en route tested their pedal power. The cyclists arrived back in Winchester in good spirits – though with tired legs!

Homebase Who on May 30th dressed in their pyjamas at the Andover branch, raising £230 for Enham. Blake Lapthorne For nominating Enham as one of their chosen charities. HSBC For a discretionary donation from the HSBC Trust Company.

The huge target of £2,500 was exceeded, with talk of another race in the future! The Concorde Club in Southampton For supporting Enham at their Michael Buble tribute evening on June 10th. The Southern Co-operatives Who support Enham through collection boxes in store at many local branches.

HSBC’s Mike Coulshed donates

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BBC’s ‘The One Show’ Visits Enham On Monday September 5th 2011 BBC’s ‘The One Show’ screened a short film about Enham, as we continue to raise awareness of disability charities and Enham on a national level.

The presenter Michael Douglas told how Enham was originally created in 1919 to provide rehabilitation, housing and training for wounded servicemen and their families. In the aftermath of WW2 the Egyptian Government gave the considerable gift of £200,000 to Enham as a gesture of thanks for British support in the crucial battle of El Alamein. As a result of this the village re-named itself Enham Alamein.

The programme moved on to show how in peacetime, Enham Headquarters opened its doors to civilians, with the demand for rehabilitation of ex-servicemen decreasing. Enham has since

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become a leading disability charity, helping 4,200 people a year with learning and physical disabilities.

The programme concluded with the fact that over 250,000 people have come to Enham for support over the years.

Over the years, Enham has developed a number of divisions where people can gain work experience and paid work, such as at Enham Packaging and Storage (EPAS).

The services and work opportunities we provide continue to enable people to gain the skills and confidence they require to live more independent lives.

“We look at capabilities, not disabilities, that’s how I like to put it. We give people encouragement, a sense of purpose and a value here, which perhaps they could not get elsewhere.” Graham Audin, EPAS Divisional Manager

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My Story: Shaun Barker

22 and have been at My name is Shaun Barker. I’m ars. Enham now for nearly three ye

had been done from a college where everything e com I’d 8, 200 in e her d ive more for When I arr – deep down, I knew I could do nt nde epe ind re mo e om bec to for me. I wanted of making a sandwich myself – but even the thought made me feel anxious. develop my life skills My goal at Enham has been to I will be able to live in to the point where, eventually, my own home. pping and cooking At Enham I’ve been learning sho s, keep my bedsit skills, how to manage my finance end a drama group clean and wash my clothes. I att which has helped at Enham too, which I love, and me to feel more confident. plyhealth store. days a week in the Andover Sim two on ent cem pla rk wo a e people. I also hav ging, and I enjoy meeting new llen cha it’s – rk wo ary unt vol I really enjoy my a lot of new skills. I can Enham has helped me develop own laundry and I can now make my bed and do my make a sandwich myself. at. It has given me My time at Enham has been gre as possible myself and the confidence to do as much ntly with support made my goal of living independe seem achievable.

“ My goa l at En ha m ha s been to develop my life skills to the poi nt wh ere, eve ntu ally, I will be able to live in my own ho me.”

We will continue to update you on Shaun’s progress towards his goal and give insight into a day in the life of some of our clients.

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It is through your continued support that we can enable clients like Shaun to live the lives they choose. Thank you.

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Have you Considered Leaving a Charitable Gift in your Will? Whether to make a will is a question many people don’t like to answer or even think about. Surprisingly, more than 50 percent of people over the age of 45 have not made a will, according to the Law Society. For some, the will they have made is so out of date that it doesn’t reflect their wishes. Yet what a shame if you want to leave something behind to ensure the happiness of others. For this reason many choose to make a gift to a good cause in their will, ensuring the are remembered. A legacy to a charity such as Enham can make a real difference to the lives of disabled people, helping us to provide care and support for 4,200 disabled adults each year.

A Charitable Gift to be Remembered by Leaving a legacy can be quick and easy to do. Gifts in wills may be for a specific sum, an item or all or part of an estate.

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You can do this if you do not have a will and are making one for the first time. You can also make a gift to charity if you have a will at present and wish to add a donation to it. This is by making a change or addition to an existing will, known as a codicil. Reduced Tax Liability Not having a will risks leaving a larger slice with the taxman than necessary. It is quite possible to reduce the tax liability on your will when you leave a gift to charity. Gifts left in will to charities, such as Enham, are free from Inheritance Tax. After you have provided for your friends and family, perhaps you could consider leaving a gift in your will to Enham. A legacy, whatever the size, can achieve so much. And how wonderful to think about the good your money can do.

Who can help? Who to speak to? It is advisable to get professional advice to draft or change a will. We recommend that you use a solicitor. Alternatively, some banks will be able to assist, as can professional will-writing firms. For Further Information If you have ever considered leaving a legacy, or simply haven’t got round to making a will and feel you ought to, then please get in touch. We will be able to provide a list of solicitors in your local area who can help. contact details Jill Livingstone Major Partnerships Manager T: 01264 345800 Ext 3200 E: jill.livingstone@enham.org.uk

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Support Brings New Minibus

New Employment Programme

A few months ago, with the support of donations, Enham became the proud owner of a brand-new Peugeot minibus, adapted for our clients’ use by a specialist Dorset company.

In June 2011, Employment Minister Chris Grayling officially launched the Work Programme, the Government’s flagship initiative to support people into sustainable, paid employment.

The bus can comfortably accommodate up to four wheelchair users, with up to nine seated passengers. It is now in full-time use transporting our disabled clients to their work placements and college courses.

As a result, over the next 5 years, Enham will be providing support to 500 disabled and disadvantaged individuals each year in the Hampshire and West Berkshire areas.

The hard reality of the current economic climate is that unemployed disabled individuals are finding themselves furthest from the job market. It is these people who need the greatest support from expert organisations.

Our clients are thrilled with the new bus, which they report as being a lot quieter and more comfortable than previous transport. Furthermore, they can see out of the windows, which was not actually possible in the much older bus. One of our clients, Em, who has benefitted from using the new bus, enthused:

“The new bus is wicked! It’s a lot smoother.” Our thanks again for your support - it enables us to give improved mobility to clients like Em.

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The Work Programme provides clients with access to an Employment Adviser, and a range of services from CV writing to advice on benefits and job searching. Clients can also receive job coaching, with help to identify skill requirements and suitable training. With a focus on those with complex needs, Enham will be doing what it has always done best, finding solutions to individual work barriers. In addition, Enham will be supporting employers to provide a safe working environment and to recognise the value of having a diverse workforce. contact details

For further information on the Work Programme please contact Kirsty Parsons T: 01264 345800 Ext 4208. E: Kirsty.parsons@enham.org.uk

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Can you Support Enham by Giving us Some Time? There are many ways you can help Enham. Whatever time you have available, there’s always something to be done. Whether it be holding a collection tin, making teas for an event, or putting invitations into envelopes, it all helps.

Fundraising… it’s a piece of cake!

Join us for coffee and cake as we fundraise for Enham, your local disability charity

Or if you have more time, perhaps you could organise a “Piece of Cake” morning.

Date: Time: Place: Contact details:

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What could be nicer than whipping up a home-made sponge, putting the kettle on and inviting friends over for a few hours to raise money for charity? Simply buy or bake a cake and invite your friends to buy a slice and a cuppa. It’s a great excuse to get together.

If you enjoy meeting new people and want to help out at our fun events, you may like to register to our “Give a Little” list. Once or twice a month we will email you a short list of any help we may need. If you have time available all you need do is reply and let us know your availability. It’s as easy as that.

The opportunities are endless. To find out more please contact Liz Cosgrove on 01264 345848 or email: liz.cosgrove@enham.org.uk. Thank you.

Enham Visitor Days We are now holding regular visitor days at Enham. We want to give you a chance to see first-hand what we really do as we open our doors and invite you to have a look around.

ARE YOU RUNNING A MARATHON? Are you lucky enough to have secured a place in the Virgin London Marathon or any other major race? Would you be prepared to run for Enham and help raise money for the benefit of the disabled people we support?

Don’t drive past, drive in! Dates planned are on the first Tuesday of each month: Tuesday 6th December

10am -12 noon

Tuesday 10th January

2pm - 4pm

Tuesday 7th February

10am - 12 noon

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New Appeal: Accessible Housing in Central Andover Having a disability can often make doing the simple things, such as shopping, more difficult. 30 per cent of our disabled tenants have told us that they would like the opportunity to live in the centre of town. And many of our care home residents, who have the most complex needs of the disabled people we work with, are actively working towards independence. They want to move on to living in their own homes, in town - but this is an option we are not currently able to offer them. However, we have recently received full planning permission to build 8 highly accessible flats and bungalows in the heart of nearby Andover. This project was unanimously approved by the Test Valley Borough Council planning committee.

We have begun fundraising for this state-of-the-art housing, which will allow disabled people to live independently in a town-centre location. Through this our tenants will gain independent access to education, employment, shops and leisure opportunities. These are exciting times for our disabled clients who wish to make the transition to the ultimate level of independence. We plan to commence building as soon as funds have been raised.

“When Enham builds this housing, because of where it will be located, we won’t be hidden away out of sight. People will be able to see that disabled people can live independently, and work, and do things for themselves. We can be part of the community like anyone else.” John Doe, Enham Client

Your continued support makes a real difference

£20 £45 £150

could provide a pay as you go mobile phone, with applications that locate clients at all times, allowing safe independence.

could provide a multi change gardening tool allowing gardening from wheelchair height.

Thank You

could provide skills training and support for a disabled person to be able to cook for themselves in their own kitchen so they can live more independently.

for your financial and volunteering support.

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