Hello Participants, Volunteers, Staff and Carers,

ECHO is here for you

I hope that you are all keeping well. We are now into our second week without any ECHO services and we are missing seeing you all very much. Our staff have been keeping in touch with our participants and volunteers in lots of different ways from telephone calls to online zoom meetings and even sending out activities to those who will benefit from them. As we adjust to the new way of living it is really important to look after yourselves, both your mental health and physical health so do keep active in body and mind.

As time goes on be prepared that things will change, including how you feel. It is really important that you let us know if you need anything from us or help in getting the support you need. We are also here if you just need someone to listen to you, having a friendly ear that understands can be really beneficial. If you need to reach us then please call our office on 01568 620 307 and leave a message, this is checked throughout the day and messages passed on.

If you can, please check out our Facebook, YouTube channel and website where you will see  more about what we are doing as well as  things that you can be involved with. Use the links in the top right hand corner of this page. We’d also love to hear about and see all the things that you have been doing at home and if you agree, share this with our community.

ECHO is here for you- please stay in touch.

To see the latest Government guidance click here

 

 

 

Mike Cook

Chief Officer,

ECHO

In the spotlight

Wool in Leominster 2020

Those of you who enjoyed the magnificent Adventures in Wonderland display in the Buttercross Arcade last year are in for a treat. Leominster in Bloom have partnered with local charity, ECHO to develop a new display for 2020. The two organisations are working together to create a crafted country lane complete with a knitted landscape, trees and lots of animals. The knitted displays began in 2018 with 5,000 poppies. It really inspired local makers to take part and the team of volunteer makers has grown. A project such as this gives everyone a chance to take part. It is a creative project which will benefit many people and shows how effective partnership working can be, Wool in Leominster 2020 is just one of the ways ECHO will be celebrating 30 years of making a difference to the lives of disable people living in Herefordshire.

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REP Group

All members of the REP Group at ECHO are volunteers. They meet weekly to talk about they way ECHO is run and issues that may be affecting ECHO members. They visit projects to make sure the standard is kept high for everyone who uses the services. REP group members are supported by our Participant Involvement Worker, Steph Baines but the group decide what they want to work on. They develop their own skills in speaking up and gain confidence from being involved in the work needed to run the REP group. Each member takes on a role and many have progressed to become full Trustee members of the Board at ECHO. Here they are with certificates they received after taking part in the Leaders List 2018. A National initiative to recognise the work and achievement of people with autism and learning disabilities.

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Jody

Jody has been working in the ECHO office for a few months now. She has been learning how to carry out admin tasks and support Kay the Office Manager. Jody says 'I love working at the office. I look forward to Thursdays'. We think that Jody has worked hard and is always keen to carry out a new job. She helps with photocopying, newsletters, shredding and memberships cards. She also makes a fantastic cup of tea!

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