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

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.

SIL’s Wheely Ready for Winter Weather!


 News Release

Number: 53/19             

20th December 2019                  


SIL’s Wheely Ready for Winter Weather!

Services for Independent Living (SIL), the local charity which provides support to elderly and disabled people in their homes, recently became the proud owners of a four-wheel drive vehicle.

The Mayor of Leominster, Cllr Clive Thomas, was delighted to be on hand to cut the ribbon and officially “launch” the SIL jeep.

SIL’s Board made the decision to buy the vehicle, which is ideal for poor road conditions and off-roading, after severe weather during the past couple of winters put both service users and staff at risk.

Euan McPherson, SIL’s CEO, said: “We have had many situations in the past where support workers have had to make very difficult journeys in order to get to our service users. Naturally, we don’t want to put our support workers at risk, but more importantly we don’t want our service users to be left without the support they need.

“Buying a vehicle which can be borrowed by staff who need to get to the more inaccessible homes, will make a huge difference, especially if we do get another severe winter which is what the met office has been predicting.”

The jeep has been branded in SIL’s new eye-catching colours, which will be integrated into its marketing materials over the coming months.

Angela Pendleton, Chair of SIL’s Board, said: “We are now confident that we really can meet our commitment of providing up to 24 hours a day support, 7 days a week for 365 days a year.

“We are now looking at sending some of our support workers on a specialist course to give them the skills to drive in challenging conditions and in a 4×4 vehicle. Whatever the weather, we hope to see SIL’s jeep out and about.”

If you would like more information about the services SIL provides, or you’d like to join our dedicated team of support workers, call 01568 616653, or email:

Don’t forget to give us a wave if you see us!

Diabetes UK logo - community support post

Cwmbran Diabetes UK Group

The Cwmbran Support Group has been going for many years and has an active membership and is well supported. The informal meetings are for people with diabetes,careers,family,friends or anyone who simply wants to know more about diabetes.  They have a variety of  speakers throughout the year who are both interesting and informative, among them are Health Specialists in diabetes which give you the opportunity for questions and answers. They also enjoy trips to places of interest.

More information about monthly meetings, contacts and trips can be found at cwmbran.diabetesukgroup.

Further info on Diabetes contact

Diabetes UK Cymru

T: 029 2066 8276


Got a question about diabetes? Contact the Helpline.
0345 123 2399