A very warm welcome to our new website. We are so proud of the work we do and hope you will enjoy the new design which should make it easier to find what you are looking for.

What is ECHO?

ECHO aims to make a real difference to the lives of disabled people across Herefordshire. We have been doing this for over 25 years. Being a small independent charity, we are able to respond to the individual needs of our 230 members. Our participants are closely involved in the running and governance of the organisation. This helps us develop projects they really want and need.

None of this could happen without the volunteers that work in every part of ECHO- over 90 of them give their time and expertise. We gratefully acknowledge that we could not offer the range of services we do without their help. An extra pair of hands is always welcome, we have some fantastic opportunities so give us a call is 2017 is your year to make a difference. Have a look on our volunteer page for more details.




In the spotlight

ECHO and Leominster Tennis Club

Leominster Tennis Club offered ECHO a short course of tennis lessons. The aim was not only to show a group of participants how to hit a tennis ball but also how a game of tennis works – what are the rules, who stands where and so on. The course finishes at the end of March and we hope that some of the players will go on to try out the club night at Leominster Tennis Club or even become a member of the club. We hope we can work with Leominster Tennis Club again and are very grateful to their coach Howard and volunteers from the club for all their hard work.

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Social Learning Day

Each year ECHO organise a training day for Staff and Volunteers. This year, by popular request, we welcomed Lee from Autism West Midlands who gave us a fascinating insight and useful information to help those we meet who have autism. 48 staff and volunteers came to our annual training day. The feedback was excellent. One volunteers said 'I certainly did enjoy it. My grandaughter has autism and Lee answered a lot of questions fr me. I feel I understand her better now. I learnt a lot.'

Could you be a volunteer


Don has been coming to ECHO for so many years no one can remember him not being there. He's been an actor with About Face and featured in some of the very first productions. He's currently a member of the REP group, ECHO's elected representatives that help govern the charity and is a talented rug maker for Clever Betsy shop. On Friday's you can find him busy making tea and guarding the biscuits at the drop-in club.

How ECHO can help me?

Behind the Scenes at ECHO

Our friends at the Rural Media Company made this great video which allows our members, volunteers and participants to explain in their own words just why ECHO is so very special.

Watch more of ECHO on YouTube