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 https://www.echoherefordshire.org.uk/
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
If you are caring for a person with learning difficulties that is currently in hospital, or coming into hospital for any reason, get in touch with the Learning Disability Liaison Nurse Service.
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 https://www.torfaenmind.co.uk/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/torfaenandblaenaugwentmind 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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 .
Call 01633 876121 and they will arrange a telephone call back appointment
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: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/866/page/96080
or you can telephone the service on (01633) 644143. Please check the Facebook page before making your journey: @GwentIAS