We’ve hopped, skipped and jumped our way through Healthy Eating Week this year!
Students have relished the opportunity to make healthy lifestyle changes, leapt at the chance to try new exercises and licked their lips at the prospect of trying new and exotic fruits. Parents and carers have also been really supportive, helping students cook healthy meals at home.
To top it off, staff took on their own healthy challenge of walking 2,000,000 steps over five days!
Health and Wellbeing is a central part of what we teach our students with learning disabilities and autism.
This Volunteers Week we are recognising the incredible volunteers who help us in so many ways – from supporting students in sessions, to juicing up fruit for our market stall Fruitful, to sharing skills, expertise, advice and guidance.
As a small charity it’s vital that we work well with local businesses and we’ve been developing what we can offer to corporate organisations over the past few years. We’d like to say a special thank you to the people who have given their time and energy to us over the last year, including volunteers from
My voluntary service at PIP was a total coincidence: I was looking for an internship in an educational or social setting in London. The internship is a mandatory part of my bachelor’s degree to become a teacher for German and English, the regulations are very loose and the main goal is to gain work experience in an English-speaking country. The German YMCA referred my application to PiP and luckily I was accepted.
Before my time at PiP I had hardly ever encountered anyone with learning disabilities, let alone worked with them. I did not know what to expect but had a very open mind. Of course, I was also a little nervous on my first day.
Hi I’m Humna from City University and I’m really looking forward to volunteering at PiP over the next four weeks. I feel that it will be fulfilling and inspirational due to the opportunity to spend time with PiP’s students. PiP focuses on students’ aspirations and also on their individual goals which makes it a special place to work.
PiP helps those with learning disabilities to live their lives as independently as they can by focusing on work experience and employability, social skills and much more! I chose to volunteer at PiP for a number of reasons.
This Volunteers Week we’ll be speaking to some of PiP’s volunteers, asking them about the work they do and their experiences as a volunteer.
We talked to Patrick Altmann, from Germany, who has been volunteering with PiP since November 2017. He is the author of the ‘Fruitful song’, which he wrote (to the tune of a famous contemporary pop song…) to promote PiP’s Fruitful Project, a fresh fruit juice stall which helps our students develop their customer service and money management skills. You can watch the Fruitful song here.
On Wednesday 23rd May PiP students put on a tai chi taster class in the amphitheatre of Sheldon Square in partnership with the Dao Lu tai chi school and Paddington Central. Fruitful was there to serve their tasty juices to the masses with flavours including Paddington Pear and Zinging Zen.
In advance of the event, Paddington Central interviewed Fruitful co-ordinator Clare Twine. You can read the interview below.
“Every year The PIP Theatre Production reminds us why PIP exists – to provide opportunities to showcase the skills, talents and creativity of our students”.
PIP’s CEO Bill Feeney couldn’t have summed it up better, as he stood grinning from ear to ear after another excellent show devised and performed by PIP students – adults with learning disabilities like Down’s Syndrome and autism.
On Saturday 24th March 2018 our students performed their original production – The Holiday – to a packed auditorium at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill.
PIP has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the needs of people with learning disabilities – with a focus on the importance of them becoming independent, accepted and valued members of the community.
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;
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.