Enable in Cornwall Ltd

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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.

Our qualified and client centred advisers will visit people in their homes working with them to help improve well-being and inclusion.

We offer a free, independent service, supporting people to overcome barriers and maximise their abilities.

About us.

Clients 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 advisors arrange to meet up with clients somewhere they feel comfortable to discuss what aims the client has and what they would like to achieve in the future. Some people contact us to get help with getting out and about, finding new leisure activities and improving their social life. Others may want help with benefits 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, we 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 eight directors many of whom have a disability themselves and have used the services of Enable in the past.

Mark Muncey - Chair

Terry Stanton - Vice Chair

Sue Brown - Secretary

Lynda Osman - Treasurer

Pete Skea - President

John Neild

David Burns

Colin Loft






Jan and Pete attended Bodmin Heritage Day on Saturday July 4th.  The weather was glorious and many people were out enjoying the sunshine.

The Mayor of Bodmin kindly drew our winning raffle ticket and Mrs June Smallcombe won a Blackberry Playbook!

Our collection pots were well supported taking a very healthy £135.58.  It was lovely to see several of our service users who came to say hello!





Proper Cornish Company, the Bodmin based pasty manufacturer has pledged to support Enable in Cornwall.  Hearing about Enable, Proper Cornish and its staff pledged to help with a mission to raise thousands of pounds through fund raising and events throughout the year.

The charity is close to the company’s heart as one of its ex-employees benefits from the wide range of services the charity offers.

Proper Cornish Director, Mark Muncey, has also joined the board of trustees as Chair, to help ensure a long-term future for the charity.

Proper Cornish has already designed new leaflets, posters and marketing materials for Enable. Staff also held a tea party at their base in Bodmin for over 200 people, raising £236.67 from scones donated by Morrisons and jam and cream from Trewithen Dairy as well as cream cakes from Kensey Foods and a raffle.

Enable are absolutely delighted that Proper Cornish has chosen the organisation as their charity for the year.  The money raised throughout the year will go towards the support services we offer including helping people access benefits, finding accommodation and employment, support with leisure and social activities and so much more.

Further planned fundraising activities include head shaves, a weekly lottery, staff quizzes, BBQs and sponsored sports.



We are currently seeking a new Trustee to join our Board.  If you have some time to spare, and have past experience of business please phone Jan Hibbert on 01726 890711 for an informal chat.



Long term and long haired Trustee John Neild had his head shaved in March raising £200 for Enable.  John says he went from 'Hippy to Hooligan in 10 minutes!'



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
Room B109
Beacon Place
Station Approach
St Austell
PL26 8LG
Tel: 01726 890711

Click here to download a Referral form.

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If you have any comments or complaints about the service Enable has provided, you can contact the office by telephone or email. Alternatively, you can write to the Chairman of the Board at the office address
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