Managers from the prestigious Vineyard and Donnington Valley hotels, part of The Vineyard Group, had an inspiring day visiting the disability charity Enham Trust back in the summer.
Thirty four senior managers were invited to the Trust, which is based south of Highclere, as part of the company’s social responsibility programme.
They volunteered to do some redecorating, and spruced up interior corridors at the Trust’s residential care homes.
They also had a chance to meet Enham’s disabled residents at a BBQ and were bowled over by the positive vibe and the high levels of independence amongst the residents, who live with a number of different physical and learning disabilities.
“Everyone was impressed with the work being done at Enham,” said Emma Jenkins, The Vineyard’s HR Director. “We learned so much and want to be involved with the charity in the future. Our next project there may be joining forces with their gardening activities.”
“Most people are not born with a disability. It could be any one of us who has an accident or an illness which leaves us unable to manage. Enham Trust is there to help disabled people manage every aspect of their lives,” said Vicky Hamlen, The Trust’s Corporate Fundraiser. “Support from companies like The Vineyard Group is so important, and we really value their time and interest.”
Many of the charity’s clients, whose ages span 18 to 90, come from West Berkshire. The Trust offers a wide range of living, care, employment and community support to give disabled people choice in how they live their lives, and the ability to achieve high levels of independence.