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Celebrating our successes

EE-5-year-brochureFRONTPAGEWe are delighted to share our new brochure with you - charting the five years since Enable East began and celebrating the hundreds of projects we've worked on and the changes we've been part of bringing about.

'Five Years of Making Improvements Actually Happen' looks at all the different areas we have worked in such as acute care, mental health, children and young people, primary care and legislation, as well as how we have worked with stakeholders, other organisations and educational establishments to help put service improvement on the map.

We hope you enjoy reading our Enable East story and we look forward to spending the next five years working with you!

Extraordinary People on the BBC

Horizon-FilmingEnable East's 'Extraordinary People' programme will be featured in a forthcoming BBC Horizon episode due to be aired in June. Filming took place in December and covered one of our Extraordinary People workshops taking place. The programme will also feature a series of video diaries recorded by participants over the Christmas period.

Extraordinary People looks to debunk the myth that 'eating less and exercising more' is the only answer to weight loss and examines the many other factors that can have an impact on a person's battle to maintain significant weight loss. With much more media coverage of the subject at the moment, we were delighted to be contacted by BBC Horizon who wanted to know more about the programme and what we offered people who took part.

Like Extraordinary People, the Horizon programme will examine what else could be playing a key role in a person's struggle to lose weight and maintain weight loss such as their DNA, sleep patterns, emotional health and support structure.

Look out for the show in June on the BBC! Contact us if you would like to find out more about Extraordinary People.

An 'engaging' time

Rachel-RochfordSome of the Enable East team were out and about around the Castle Point and Rochford area in Essex earlier in the month as we spoke to the public about their feelings around local NHS and social care services.

The events were part of a consultation being run by Castle Point and Rochford CCG in partnership with Essex County Council and is looking for the public's opinions and ideas on how to make the services they commission and run simpler, more effective and more joined up.

If you live in the area and wish to share your views you can fill in the survey online by visiting

Consultation Update
Following the conclusion of the Mid Essex CCG Consultation: Proposed Changes to Healthcare in your Area which we carried out at the end of last year, we have produced a final report detailing our findings and common themes that emerged from the public consultation. Mid Essex CCG have published a press release regarding the outcomes of the consultation which you can read here.
If you would like to read the full Enable East report click here.

A reciprocal link with Harvard University

SH in HarvardIn January, our Director Susannah Howard braved the snow and ice of Boston as she featured as a guest lecturer at the Harvard University Extension School as part of the Project Management course syllabus. She presented ‘Tales from the Field’, which included examples from Enable East’s Bounce! Project and Journeys Programme to demonstrate how the principles of formal project management have been brought to life in a practical way, working with real human beings to deliver real change and results.

Susannah also spoke last month at the Chelmsford Women's Institute (WI) the largest WI group in the country, delivering her TEDx talk entitled 'Burn Her Anyway'. The talk takes a look back at the groups of people who were vilified and persecuted for being 'different' over the centuries and explores whether there are still groups of people treated as such in today's modern world. It also links to our 'Extraordinary People' programme which also looks at the stigma and 'pre-judgements' that can be made about people who struggle with significant excess weight.

Staff members don simulation suits to find out what it feels like to have dementia

Participant tries on a GERT suitEnable East are currently managing a project commissioned by Health Education East of England via North Essex Partnership Trust (NEP) which aims to improve the workforce development and training of health and social care staff surrounding Dementia services.

The Dementia Workforce Transformation Project is currently in the process of developing a training programme centred around GERT suits – a suit which simulates aspects of dementia and frailty and allows the user to develop a greater empathy for what service users with these conditions feel and experience physically and emotionally. NEP has purchased 12 of these suits and will soon be loaning them out to other organisations in Essex who wish to train their staff in their use.


Supporting Colchester Youth Awards

Colchester Youth Awards

Enable East is delighted to support Colchester Youth Awards by sponsoring this year's Chair's Award. We specialise in making improvements actually happen. We believe that all those nominated made a huge impact in overcoming challenge on their journey to achieve their potential or support others to do so in their local community using their skills and talents. The passion and commitment of our young people holds the essence of the future of the community and voluntary sector in Colchester – each and every nomination for this award has truly "made it actually happen!"
Here are Linda Goodey and Roz Rospopa with Scott King, the winner of the Enable East Chairs Award for Inclusion.


Innovative idea wins Enable East staff member an award

Sarah award

Enable East team member Sarah Lungley was recently recognised for her fundraising efforts during the Birkett Long £50 Challenge, winning the award for the Most Innovative Idea.

Sarah entered Enable East into the challenge and was given £50 which she had to turn in to as much money as possible in aid of St. Helena's Hospice. Through a series of fundraising events and initiatives, Sarah handed back over £700 at the end of the three month challenge period.
At the awards ceremony for organisations who had taken part, Sarah was presented with the 'Most Innovative Idea' award for her Mad Hatter's Tea Party which was held in September. The tea party offered guests a fun evening of quizzes, raffles, food and entertainment from a local group, as well as delicious treats baked by Sarah herself. The raffle was a particular hit among those who attended the event, with prizes sourced by Sarah from local companies including spa days, salon vouchers and tickets to Colchester Castle.


Bounce! app available to download

BOUNCE-LOGOIncrease your well-being and resilience levels using the Bounce App. Choose a goal, track your progress, record your achievements. Simple to use format allows you to identify areas in your life in which you could make some small changes that could make a HUGE difference to your happiness and well-being.

For Apple devices click here:

For Android devices click here:

Enable East are award winners


On Friday 29th November 2013, Enable East were crowned as winners at the Colchester Business Awards in the Business to Business category. We were also very proud to see our Director Susannah Howard win the Business Woman of the Year award! 

The event was held at Charter Hall in Colchester and bought over 400 members of the local business community together to celebrate Colchester's expanding and diversifying business economy. You can watch the full video of the evening here:


Supporting the silent army of carers

Family carers save the government up to £119 billion a year in care costs, a very good reason to ensure support for carers is indeed a priority! Enable East have produced a Guide for Commissioners of Health and Social Care services. This Guide aims to demonstrate the overwhelming reasons for supporting family carers and offers a wealth of information as to how best to commission effectively.

To view the full guide please click here.