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.
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
The October half-term saw us embark on our annual holiday, a staple of the PIP calendar. Our student’s excitement for the trip had been building as early as last November and since summer went into overdrive! Our destination was the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Activities Centre which is located in Manor Farm Country Park in Hampshire.
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?
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!
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.