ECHO Whats on…

ECHO is an independent,  Herefordshire-based charity with 230 members and over 150 volunteers. Their main office is in Leominster but projects run in many different community based venues.

In 2020 they proudly celebrated 30 years of making a difference to the lives of disabled people in the county.

Most of the activities are suitable for people with moderate or severe learning difficulties, but they will try to support anyone who wishes to take part in activities, including those with mental health difficulties and physical or sensory impairments.

They have a full schedule of great events and meet ups including coffee mornings, music workshops, House Party! and Echo does Millionaire. Check out the booking form for more information..

Echo Booking form JUNE 2021

To see what else they do or find out more about ECHO go to

Rejuvenate – A place for carers to find creativity, ideas and support

Support for Carers living in Herefordshire.

Rejuvenate ! Our story

In October 2016, Maggie and Lisa first bumped into each other at The Courtyard, Hereford at the screening of the film ‘Yarn’. Little did they know that almost a year later they would be launching Rejuvenate ! – a new Creative Carers’ group. Shortly after this meeting, Lisa attended Maggie’s workshop on Twiddlemuffs (textile creations to help people with dementia) and a friendship began.
As Carers, they both understand that creativity in everyday life aids relaxation, reduces stress and improves wellbeing. They just want to get this message across to others Carers, whatever their age or ability. It wasn’t a case of ‘if’ just ‘when’ they would start !
With the backing and help from Josie Rogerson at The Courtyard Theatre and Arts Centre and the assistance and support from Rachel Wilkins at Herefordshire Carers’ support, the seeds were set and the plan was put in place. …..And, oh has it been fun !

contact details


Facebook: @creativecarergroup – follow this page for all the very latest activities and sessions

Latest News

SIL will endeavour to keep this page as up to date as possible but if you are in any doubt please refer to the email address or facebook page.

Rejuvenate! is entering its fifth year.  During the last eighteen months, we have been creatively supporting you online from our newsletter, The Rejuvenation (nineteen and counting) to the incredibly popular Creative Craft packs delivered to your door.  We have tried to sprinkle that in between with announcements of local events/courses/information/activities which may be of interest to you.  The newsletter and craft bags will continue every two months, from October.

As you will see from the attached poster, our monthly sessions will start again in September so please make a note on the calendar.

Thursday, 2 September 2021 ,  10.30 – 12.30, Nell Gwynn Room at The Courtyard

We will start off the session with a short AGM, followed by our guest speaker, Dr Sheila Marsh, a Carer herself and Chair of Herefordshire Dementia Partnership and past chair of Herefordshire Carers Support.

Our new ‘Year Book’ will also be available, (a separate email will be sent out about these shortly) plus a sample of the new individual craft tote bags.  To round off the session, we are handing out a ‘Changing Seasons’ bookmark kit to make on the day or take home to finish.

To enable us to plan refreshments, please reply by email before the 19 August to book your place as numbers may be limited.

We are all looking forward to seeing you safely again after such a long time.

Maggie Sanderson Co-founder of Rejuvenate !

Pain Management course – Gwent

If you live in Gwent and have an underlying chronic condition, then you can sign up to join free, online course in pain management. Please use the form to apply to join the course which starts in July. The course is run by volunteers who have long term conditions. The courses will have a maximum of 7 participants so that each session can be kept to an hour and also keep that relationship throughout the course.

Virtual Course booking form (1) Edited v2

Torfaen MIND – Announcement

Announcement from Torfaen & Blaenau Gwent Mind they are following the government’s current guidelines on the coronavirus & have sadly had to close their doors in both Pontypool and Brynmawr to the public, however all staff are working from home.


They are unable to deliver the recovery courses, activities or offer face to face support until further notice.  Unfortunately, counselling has now ended due to lack of funding, but they are continuing to look for alternative funding to provide this service at some point in the future.


They are still supporting volunteers & service users via telephone and email.


Please see the website  and Facebook page which they are regularly updating.


If you do need to speak to someone for advice please ring: 01495 757393 (Pontypool Well-being centre) or 01495 311445 (Phoenix Project) where you can speak to a member of staff or if you prefer email


In the interim they are expecting the Wellbeing Centre and the Phoenix project to be closed up until Easter. This is subject to Government guidelines and could change.  Please do visit the website or Facebook page  for updates.   Please follow government guidelines and keep yourselves and your families safe.  Thank you for your patience and understanding at such a difficult time.

Coronavirus – Latest Update

Following national guidance and to help delay the spread of the Covid-19 virus we will be closing our Leominster Office from, Tuesday 17th March, for the foreseeable future.

All staff will be working from home during this period and will have full access to our systems. Therefore, all services will continue and be unaffected at present.

We will be holding regular conference calls with service managers and senior managers and we are busy monitoring all the national and local guidance to ensure that we maintain the safety and well-being of our customers and staff.

We appreciate your understanding and support at this time and will stay in contact with customers as things progress. If you need to contact us please use the following channels for emergencies only:

Homecare on call 07704 165050

ILH on call 07944 224675

DPSS on call 07949 207907

Senior on call 07946 720497

For all other enquiries please email to:

or send us a message through facebook.

The next 8 to 10 weeks will be challenging, but we will get through it if we work together.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all in advance for your support and commitment.

News Flash – Torfaen CAB

Sent on behalf of Torfaen Citizens Advice Bureau


To reduce the risk of coronavirus for staff and clients Torfaen CAB have suspended their face to face advice service. All services are available on the telephone .


For Advice:


Call 01633 876121 and they will arrange a telephone call back appointment


Autism Drop-in Sessions – Wales

This is a support session (approx. 30mins) where you can discuss difficulties and what matters to you confidentially.
Drop-in and talk about how ASD affects you and your family. No appointment is necessary but you can book a slot if you prefer.
To find out more about the Integrated Autism Service please visit the website:
or you can telephone the service on (01633) 644143. Please check the Facebook page before making your journey: @GwentIAS