Latest update on ECHO projects – Returning after lockdown
August 2020 – we have started to open some of our projects. Each project is different and we have to make sure everyone will be safe. It will take longer to open up some projects.
If you already go to a project which is allowed to reopen staff will be in touch to ask if you want to return.
The project may look different and staff will be wearing protective clothing (PPE) with a mask, apron and gloves. All these changes are needed to keep everyone safe.
We have made an easy read booklet to help you understand what it will be like.
You will need to read this booklet and sign a new contract to say you agree with the changes we have put in place. Staff will contact you to do this. Here is a copy of the booklet you can download and print if you need to.
Coronovirus booklet for ECHO participants – easy read pdf
Remember ECHO is here to support you and it is okay to ask questions.
There are no vacancies at present but if you would like to discuss joining an activity or services please do get in touch. The situation is changing all the time.
New referrals are assessed by our Referral Manager, Maggie. You can reach her by email Maggie.firstname.lastname@example.org or call the main ECHO number 01568 620307 and leave a message.
ECHO has 29 different projects and activities, there is something for everyone. Read on for more information
Day Opportunities – a regular placement in one of ECHO’s projects where you can go to learn skills, make friends and be part of the team.
Leisure & Social Activities – these are still regular sessions but most of them are run on a drop-in basis so you don’t need to book and pay in advance. Turn up, join in, have fun.
- days out
- visits to local places
- Activities extra -something special each month
- pub nights out
- volunteer social evenings
The best way to receive the latest news and stay in touch is to receive our free easy-read monthly newsletter. You can sign up to receive this on the contact form.
Our list of projects and activities
ECHO runs many and varied activities during the week, some in the evening and weekends.
Day opportunities – here is a quick list of what we offer
About Face Theatre Company – Herefordshire’s Professional theatre company for adults with learning disabilities based in Church Street, Leominster. See more of what they do on the Facebook page.
Clever Betsy – art & craft based workshop and retail shop in Leominster. See their Facebook page for what they get up to.
Saxon Hall Community Cafe – partnership with Saxon Hall, Putson, Hereford.
Eaton Barn Community Garden – our horticulture project at Stoke Prior just outside Leominster. They also have a Facebook page.
Rose Tinted Rags – art, craft and a retail shop based at the Country Bus Station, Hereford. Partnership working with Green Eyed Monster Company. Click for their Facebook page.
Smart Art Storytellers – everyone has a story inside them. Based at the Forbury, Leominster.
Studio Mirai – furniture upcycling at Bridge Street, Leominster. They have a retail outlet at The Retro Station and a Facebook page as well.
The Priory Centre, Leominster – ideal for those with higher support needs. See more of what they do on their own Facebook page, including details of their popular market stalls selling preserves and crafts created at the centre.
Wednesday or Friday Lifelinks – based in Hereford, provide voluntary community support, enjoy activities and eating together. They are active fundraisers, hosting coffee mornings and market stalls to raise money for their project and ECHO.
Sport, Leisure & Social
Badminton – Mondays at Halo, Leominster
Walking for Health – Wednesday in Leominster
Football training – Thursdays at Bridge Street, Leominster
New to tennis – Tuesdays Bridge Street Leisure Centre
Accessible Yoga – Tuesdays, Hereford and Leominster
Boogie Nights – first Thursday of the month, Leominster
Rendezvous – 16 – 30 night out, second Monday, Leominster
Friday Club Drop-in – every week, Leominster
Yam Jams – music sessions Hereford and Leominster
How we can help
Our aim is to achieve good outcomes for people and promote their right to inclusion in the wider community. We provide services which enable people to:
- have real choice and control
- enjoy a better quality of life
- feel and stay safe.
- be part of the communities in which they live
- make friends, enjoy social opportunities and not feel lonely
Would you like more information?
If any of our projects or activities are of interest to you, the ECHO office is your first point of contact – 01568 620307. We can then arrange an informal visit to talk about what services you are looking for. Getting to know you as a person is an important part of knowing you will enjoy your time at ECHO and we can make sure we are offering the best support to our members.
If you would like to look at our range of Day Opportunities and Leisure & Social Activities in detail, including outcomes, they are listed here at the Wellbeing Information and Signposting for Herefordshire (WISH) website.
Or give ECHO a call and we can make sure you have all the information you need.