Enable in Cornwall Ltd
Enable in Cornwall Ltd is a charity that works with adults who live in the Mid, North or East of the County.
Enable are here to help adults with disabilities to become more independent by providing an individualised information, advice, guidance & support service.
We also offer advocacy support for those who need help to represent themselves in various settings, e.g. benefit tribunals, care planning meetings, etc.
We are partners with SEAP and PCDT to provide some formal independent advocacy services - starting on 20th June - more details to follow.
We offer a free, independent service, supporting people to overcome barriers and maximise their abilities. A person can self refer or be referred to us by friends, family or agencies such as social services, doctors, Jobcentre Plus, etc. A referral form can be downloaded here.
Our qualified advisers and/or advocates will arrange to meet up with clients somewhere they feel comfortable and work with them to help improve well-being and inclusion and discuss what they would like to achieve in the future.
Some people want help with getting out and about, finding new leisure activities and improving their social life. Others want help with benefit applications and to gain or improve their skills though training. Many of our clients want to find either voluntary or paid work.
We have a limited number of laptops that we loan to clients and can provide basic IT lessons. This can help people to stay in touch with friends on line as well as to manage their own on-line banking and shopping. Job hunters can work on CV's, perform job searches and complete application forms.
Our skilled and friendly advisors will do their best to help you achieve your goals and, if necessary, will signpost you to appropriate services to help you sustain your independence.
History of Enable
The Enable project was started in 1996 as part of Scope for Cornwall. In April 2003 it became a registered charity and with the help of initial funding from Cornwall County Council Adult Social Services, commenced trading as Enable in Cornwall Ltd. Enable is a "not for profit" limited company, reliant on fundraising.
The Company is overseen by a board of nine directors many of whom have a disability themselves and have used the services of Enable in the past.
Mark Muncey - Chair
Liz Myhill - Vice Chair
Sue Brown - Secretary
Lynda Osman - Treasurer
Pete Skea - President
Enable in Cornwall Policies & Procedures
Sharon organised a charity event at the Highwayman in Dobwalls in March and singlehandedly raised a whopping £500 for Enable! Well done Sharon. What a star! Thank you so much and thanks to all who supported the event.
Here are some of the Enable and Proper Cornish people at Bodmin Fire Station, receiving the funds rasied from the Marathon in February.Thank you so much to everyone involved - we received over £2800 in total!
CORNWALL FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE HALF MARATHON
On Sunday 21st February 2016, 350 people entered the half marathon organised by Cornwall Fire & Rescue.
The event was sponsored by Proper Cornish and its staff, who provided refreshments, water stations, marshalls, posters, publicity, etc.
Enable staff and volunteers were also supporting the event on the day.
Over £5000 is expected to have been raised - half will go to Enable and half to Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service.
PROPER CORNISH RAISE OVER £4300 IN 2015 TOWARDS SERVICES!
Here is the cheque presentation
NEW DROP IN GROUP
CORNWALL AMPUTEE GROUP is a new drop in support group running from 10am-12pm every 3rd Tuesday of the month at St Mary’s Parish Rooms in Bodmin.
The next meeting is on Tuesday 15th March.
If you are an amputee or are a carer for someone who is, please drop in for a cuppa and a biscuit or two, and have a chat. We can offer support, advice, friendship and a safe and understanding environment. This is a self funded group so donations will be required for the continuation of the group.
If you need more information please phone us at the office on 01726 890711.
BODMIN ASDA COLLECTION DAY
Proper Cornish and Enable Staff & Volunteers gave up their time on the 4th & 5th December 2015 to collect for Enable's much needed services.
Thanks to all who supported us either by collecting and/or donating! Also to Bodmin Asda for allowing us to collect at the store.
We raised the magnificent sum of £545.09!
BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS
Enable’s ‘Breaking Down Barriers’ courses were designed to promote re engagement for people with disabilities. Their aim is to imbue confidence, self help strategies and to support positive changes: a “Can Do” way of thinking.
The 36 clients who attended the course had a range of disabilities or life limiting health conditions. The courses were delivered in a range of locations such as Liskeard, Saltash, St Austell and Newquay. This enabled all of the clients that Enable currently support to attend one closest to them.
Each of the sessions incorporated different activities that addressed specific barriers. They included social and communication skills, confidence building, and motivation as well as IT training. In some cases clients attended to get out of the house, as many had been very isolated, had issues with anxiety and mental health. All clients looked forward to working towards more positive activities and meeting new people, in addition to the prospect of finding work or a route into education or training.
The course was delivered by tutor/advisor Lou Ussher and utilised Enable volunteers to assist if clients needed more one to one support. This enabled the volunteers to meet some of the clients, it also enabled the groups to diversify and develop their social skills. At times other services such as therapists were used within the sessions. These included Life MOT, a programme of Neuro Linguistic Programming. An art therapy session, a therapy dog and a Tai Chi practitioner were amongst some of the additional activities provided. Wiltshire farm foods attended a few of the sessions, to encourage social interaction, they also provided some food samples which were popular with clients.
There were many positive outcomes from the course; A Men’s group was formed where men who felt having the support of others with a disability enabled them to share experiences and gain understanding. They now meet frequently and have arranged to start a group where they are hoping to try and eliminate prejudice that people with disabilities face in their local area. They are also becoming involved with fundraising for Enable.
2 of the clients who attended the course have now gone on to become peer support volunteers for Enable, 1 for the Last Chance Hotel, another is now a Trustee and fundraiser for Enable. One client who did not complete the course is now on a phased return to work following a stroke. We have also had 2 job successes and 2 clients start self-employment and 2 have entered training/education; this equates to 31% of clients achieving work related outcomes and far exceeds our initial claim or expectations.
Case Study 1
D is an ex offender. He is diabetic and has limb deformities. After prison he suffered with severe depression, anxiety and social isolation. He has no contact with his family and needed help with his ESA claim and his PIP application form.
D had wanted to go complete his English and Maths qualificaiton so we arranged for him to attend Adult Ed.
Enable assisted D to purchase a mobility scooter to gain some independence and enable him to get out.
Enable encouraged D to attend the Breaking Down Barriers course where he made some friends that he now frequently sees. Enable also referred D to Outlook Southwest for support with his anxiety and depression – where he built up a rapport with his worker began to improve. He now still uses his affirmations as a way of getting himself ready for the day.
With Enable's support D is now out and about meeting with friends and going to places he was previously unable to get to. He has joined the men’s group formed through the Breaking Down Barriers course and now meets with them once a week where they are trying to organise fundraising opportunities to help support Enable.
Case study 2
E is ex-military. He has a spinal injury and emphysema and uses a mobility scooter. He also suffered from blackouts and had to surrender his driving licence. E has had a lot of accomodatioin finding support from the British Legion. They referred him to Enable as he required support with establishing tenancy, benefits and social opportunities after moving.
Since being supported by Enable E has managed to resolve his benefit and entitlements, he has also attended the Breaking Down Barriers course, where met likeminded people and has gone onto co-found a men’s support group who focus on people with disabilities. He has also joined the board of trustees for Enable.
Case Study 3
B suffers from CFS and CFS related Diabetes. She has been socially isolated became quite depressed. She was referred to Enable to find voluntary work to keep herself busy. Enable arranged for her to carry out a volunteer position with a local café, here she has been able to socialise with others and gain new skills. Enable put her in touch with Adult Education where she hopes to start a creative course in September. Enable has offered to part fund this course.
Published: 23 Oct 2014
Entries from our clients.
“Well first I would like to thank you very much for helping me set a goal, feel more worthy, keep well and gain employment!!
Had a lovely time with you, confiding in you and listening to your advice.
Certainly helped me gain confidence with your support. Was in a very bad place at the time.
Will certainly refer back to you if all goes pear-shaped. Just knowing there is support is so reassuring!!! Keep up the good job”
Published: 25 Mar 2014
Enable in Cornwall Ltd
Tel: 01726 890711
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