A first for Tristan, a first for PIP

2016 Tristan crossing finish line

On 24th April PIP had it’s first ever participant in the Virgin London Marathon.  We met Tristan Swoffer at a BBQ organised by one of PIP’s corporate partners British Land back in September 2015. Tristan signed up there and then for his first ever marathon too.  We are super proud of him and all of his efforts.  He has so far raised £2042 (smashing his target by over £500!).

Here’s how he got on in his words;

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The Journey of Peace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi guys,

My name is Marta and I have worked as a full-time volunteer at PIP for over 7 months.

During this time, I have had many wonderful experiences (in fact, every day at PIP is a new valuable experience), but today I would like to provide an insight into the latest PIP Theatre Company show – The Journey of Peace.

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PIP on National Television

PIP was recently featured on a national television broadcast focusing on the opportunities that are available for adults with learning disabilities. The video give you an insight into the issues encountered once someone with a disability reaches adulthood, and explains the importance of organisations like ourselves for our students and their families. Watch below to see PIP sessions in action and hear directly from our staff and our student’s families:

 

By Adam Pearson
PIP Development Worker



Why your fundraising is so important

 

This week marks the one month countdown to PIP’s Mountain Bike Challenge; our biggest annual event and fundraiser. As PIP’s Director and the event’s organiser, this is when I start to feel that unique combination of excitement, nerves, trepidation, and even a touch of fear. Will sufficient riders register? What will the weather be like? How can we spread the word about this special event?

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Fear of the unknown- it works both ways!

It is true that when PIP and I put together a work experience placement for an adult with a learning disability, fear started to erupt… PIP needed to find the right student for us; we are an international law firm with huge offices and a complicated travel route from PIP. And that’s not to mention the prospect of working with almost 500 new colleagues – it can be daunting for the most experienced of workers!

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A Musical Interlude

When I sit down in my music class and look around the room, I can count seven students for whom English is a second language, someone who’s selective mutism prevents her from communicating verbally, another person who’s autism makes it incredibly difficult for him to initiate a verbal interaction, three people who require hearing aids and two whose lack of confidence meant it was weeks before they spoke to me for the first time. And yet when we start to play, these barriers to communication disappear. They play their instruments in tandem, rhythmically and melodically in sync with one another, feeding off each other’s energy and the feeling within the room. They become a single unit working together towards a common goal- all without speaking a word. This is the unifying and enabling power of music, and I am fortunate enough to witness it every day at PIP.

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