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

Happy 60th Birthday Stephen

This month we say a very special Happy Birthday to Stephen who turned 60. He has celebrated many birthdays with ECHO since his early days at the Pembridge Arts project. The cake was made by staff member, Lucy, who gave up her day off to create this chocolate masterpiece so that his friends at Friday Club could share the celebration. Stephen is also a valued member of Clever Betsy who took him out for a pub lunch. 'I loved my cake' said Stephen ' it was fun to share it with my ECHO friends'

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Louise is a buddy

Louise and Rachel meet for a coffee, they have been doing this for over a year. A good volunteering match is a rewarding experience for everyone. At ECHO we make sure that our volunteers have the right training and support. Just ask the 90 people who make a real difference to our projects.

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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.

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