The History of Ryder Cheshire Volunteers & ENRYCH

ENRYCH started with one man’s vision – none other than Leonard Cheshire.

A man before his time, Leonard Cheshire was determined to create a society where adults with a physical disability had the opportunity to pursue leisure and learning activities within their local communities in the way that they chose, regardless of their disability. Thus Leonard Cheshire, alongside his wife Sue Ryder, founded Ryder Cheshire Volunteers (RCV) in 1986.

Sue Ryder and Leonard Cheshire

Leonard Cheshire recognised that an individual’s personal and practical needs were often very well catered for by various agencies but little, if anything, was readily available which would enable people with a physical disability to pursue hobbies or interests of their choice.

Starting initially in Wallingford, South Oxfordshire, word spread quickly about the work of RCV, and requests for support in neighbouring areas began to increase. Over a period of ten years, RCV set up ten further projects in Oxfordshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire.

Leonard Cheshire’s vision lives on, currently spanning seven counties of England.  The charity, rebranded as ENRYCH in 2011, now operates through a number of Branches, providing support for adults with a physical disability in each of their respective localities. Branches are independent charities, affiliated to the national ENRYCH organisation, which ultimately enables us to reach more people in local areas of the country.

ENRYCH is keen to develop and provide a complement of activities which enable people to achieve the outcomes they want, in ways that they choose, whilst not forgetting the heritage of Ryder Cheshire Volunteers.