Who We Are

We Are Everyday Enable CIC

Everyday Enable is a Community Interest Company (CIC) founded in 2020. Our aim is to help A sapper of the State Emergency Service stands at the bottom of a bomb crater amid Russiaraise the level of understanding about disabilities within the Selby district and beyond. We highlight the issues faced by people with disabilities, provide approachable support, and suggest simple and easy ways to improve accessibility and disability awareness.

There are no silly questions, whatever it is you need, be it disability awareness training, a site audit, or just some practical advice, get in touch. If we cant help you, we will know someone who can!

Meet The Team

Joanne Scott

Founder & Director

Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline …….. Well for me its definitely Maybelline. 

I was 22 years young when my health issues started, and it was an extremely scary time for myself and my family, as it all happened very suddenly without any warning. The worst part for me was that I didn’t understand what was happening and neither did the health care professionals, so when people asked questions there was nothing I could say, other than “oh I am having tests” then the next time I saw people “oh I am having more tests” this went on or quite some time until eventually I  just said “they don’t know” at which point I was met with puzzled looks, and I knew what they were thinking – how can they not know?? So I started to avoid people, how could I make them understand something I didn’t understand myself, and it was MY BODY!

Then one day I was asked if I would like to join a team of volunteers, who delivered disability awareness training, I said I would but wasn’t sure how much help I would be, after all what did I know?? It was from here that the rest of my life began. I went along to the first session and I realised that although I didn’t have a full diagnosis, I did know, and understand the difficulties faced, as I was facing the same challenges, I no longer felt like I was the odd one out in society, and I have never stopped in my mission to make people more aware of disabilities and the challenges since. If I can make a difference for just one person, stopping them feeling the way I did, then I have been successful, and that is why I do what I do!

Jackie Barnes

Director

My name is Jackie and I have a 13yr old son Ben, we have lived in Selby for the last 8yrs. I have suffered from different health issues over the last few years, but in 2013 I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) they tried to treat it with steroids and other medication but within two years it had gotten worse and with the surgeon made the decision to have my Colon removed and had my Ileostomy made. By 2016 the UC had come back again in the rectal stump and in 2017 I had my Stoma made permanent and my rectal stump removed.

Life with a Stoma has not been easy it can be very lonely and isolating, I was very ashamed of myself for a long time and people often because they do not understand can be mean and hurtful. I have other health issues that impact on my life, but I am learning that I am stronger than I think.

In 2018 I was suffering from severe depression and it is thanks to my son that I am here today, I also met the lovely Jo and the others at Selby District AVS who have helped me to realise that I’m not alone and I have people who care.

Alice Heap

Director

“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly” – Frida Kahlo

Hey! I’m Alice, a director for Everyday Enable. The story of how I became involved is a long one, so here’s a shorter version…kinda! Before I was even born it was known that I would have a pretty severe disability, however what I had was unknown until I was five years old. After many failed operations I was referred to specialists in London and Sheffield. Tests and assessments then revealed that I have Distal Arthrogryposis, a fairly rare neurological disability affecting the formation of my feet. My life was then spent in and out of hospital for surgery and my feet were reconstructed several times. Although the operations gave me a slightly more “normal” foot shape, I was still struggling to walk and was in absolute agony everyday! There was no escaping the pain, especially after arthritis kicked in. I lost all hope, stopped going out and suffered from severe mental health issues as a result of the trauma. I then decided that I had more purpose in life, so at the age of 23 I made the decision to have both feet amputated in the hopes that this would improve my quality of life.

The amputations completely changed my life for the better! I am now able to carry out daily activities with minimal pain, I have also been able to change my life around and move forward. Once I started to make changes and seek help, I was given support for the first time in my life and offered the opportunity to be more involved within my community. Having personal experience and an understanding of the struggles many people are living with everyday, I wanted to be involved in making changes. I am now a volunteer providing disability awareness training and have provided support in a managing trauma group. I am also finally pursuing my passion for working with animals after studying Animal Management, Herpetology and Falconry. The key thing that has made all the pain worthwhile is that I’m now able to go for the long countryside walks with my dogs that I always wished for!

Scott Cowling

Director & Digital Creative

Hi, I’m Scott, the digital creative of multiple Community Interest Companies within the Selby district area. My role in CIC’s consists of handling social media, photography, video production, graphics design, & website design. If its digital, it is probably me! Thats a bit different here at Everyday Enable though, where I find myself also in the role of Director. If I had told myself that 4 years ago, I wouldn’t have believed it.

I have lived with anxiety since early high school, and it had a huge impact on my life, leading me to miss out on college, and the ability to enter the employment world.

It felt like I was constantly falling behind up until I began a steady journey to getting better in 2018, a journey I am still on in 2021. It started with social groups from Mind, and lead to me beginning volunteering. I was never super social, even before anxiety & depression came knocking. The usual role of a “volunteer” in my head was very much centred around working in a charity shop, and as much as that works for many people, such was not going to work for me, a background lurker, and digital mind. The opportunities to work for CIC’s such as MTH & SDDF doing all things digital, which I very much consider my comfort zone, allowed me to start believing that I can achieve again, and I can get to where I want to go in life despite falling behind through the latter end of high school as anxiety began to rule my life. I am still early in that journey, but becoming a director for Everyday Enable is a key part of that journey, and I am very happy to be part of the team.

Ellie Enable

Mascot

I am Ellie, the newest member of the Everyday Enable Team. I started my role as Mascot in January 2022. I hope to be able to make people smile and encourage the rest of the team to do well and continue working hard to make much needed improvements for those living with disabilities.  

I see my role as an exciting opportunity to bring good luck to anyone involved in Everyday Enable whether that is as a director, volunteer, or client. Let’s all work together to make positive change in our communities!