PIP has had a busy and exciting start to 2013. Two fundraising events and our annual showcase event has given PIP much needed exposure and financial support.
Our quiz night in February raised more than £2,800. Held at the Larrick pub in London, more than 85 people attended, donated, and generally had a great evening. In March, PIP's Theatre Company presented our annual showcase event, an original production entitled The Mystery of the Red Hat. Focussing on the intertwining themes of disability and trust, the story followed a journey through all parts of London life, from salubrious characters to high culture such as art expositions and opera. The ensemble production was devised entirely by our cast of learning disabled adults, and demonstrates the passion, humour and dedication which the company bring to their work. The production is testament to what disabled performers can achieve when supported in a personal, caring and nurturing environment.
Our disabled adults have also been learning new printmaking techniques, such as mono printing, dry point printing, and screen printing. A number of amazing designs have come out of these sessions, and students have been wonderfully amazed at the finished product. A number of these designs will end up on PIP's 2013 Christmas Cards.
As we gaze towards the remainder of 2013, it's important to note that as a charity facing challenging financial times, we need your support more than ever. As a small organisation, donations go far - we have very low overheads and an organisational structure built to deliver our empowering work with disabled adults.
So please contribute to PIP and help us support disabled adults to achieve their potential.
2013 is upon us already. How did that happen? Last year flew by, a whirlwind of activity, change and impact for PIP. October's working farm trip was an amazing success. 13 disabled adults were supported by 4 staff to work the farm for 5 days, including looking after the chickens (and chicks!), feeding pigs, horses, & sheep, and picking apples. A day trip to nearly Bath offered the chance for our students to attend the local hot springs-a fantastic first for all! In all, the trip offered our disabled service users fantastic respite from their life and lots of new experiences.
Later in October, PIP's inaugural Mountain Bike Challenge was a fantastic success, raising more than £8,000. 25 riders rode 18 miles through mud, remote trails and wonderful countryside, topped off my an amazing BBQ provided by a local farm.
Lots of fantastic activities planned for 2013-the PIP Theatre Company is performing its original work 'Mystery of the Red Hat' in March, and we'll be continuing the early success of our market stall project, by selling art and produce made and created by our disabled adults.
Lasty, but certainly not least-our GG project page has nearly reached our donation target of £3500! We're ever so close, and would love to reach our target by end of January '13. Please support us to helpdisabled adults achieve their potential. We're looking forward to a fantastic year ahead, and with your supportour disabled adults will make great strides towards integrating into their local communities!
PIP is a very busy place at the moment. Our academic timetable commenced in September, and we're working with a number of disabled adults new to PIP, as well as supporting those who have been with us for some time.
During the summer, PIP took part in the Cultural Olympiad, delivering a fantastic drama performance accompanied by a live orchestra! 'Journey of the Torch' told the tale of how the Olympic torch travelled from Athens to London. Told through the eyes of our wonderfully creative disabled adults, it was the first time our Theatre Company performed to live music, and they responded with their usual creativity and originality!
PIP is also having fundraising event in late October. The first PIP Mountain Bike Challenge will be a beautiful 18 mile ride through the (potentially muddy) trails of the Chiltern Valley and along the Thames River. Based at a local micro brewery in Henley-on-Thames, the event promises to be a great day out, with a BBQ for all involved finishing the day. It's a great opportunity to contribute to a worthy cause and help out on the day. Donations are always welcome, and if anyone would like to contribute on the day, please contact PIP.
Finally, PIP's annual trip to the working farm in Somerset approaches quickly. Our disabled students are getting increasingly excited about feeding the animals, harvesting the apples, and spending a week in a new and exciting rural environment. Final preparations are under way and we look forward to offering disabled adults new and exciting opportunities on the farm in Somerset!
Hello PIP Friends, Family & Supporters-
In a flash, July is upon us-we're past the halfway mark of 2012, and PIP has already had a full, eventful and exciting year. The remainder of 2012 promises to have many more opportunities, fun and developments.
Our Arts and Disability Project is in full swing, providing opportunities for disabled adults to express themselves, develop confidence, and promote their creativity. We're having an early showcase event on Mon 16 July, where students will showcase 'PIP's Explosive Experimental Cube'. In early October, PIP students will be hosting an event displaying all their artwork from their module with ActionSpace artist Charlotte Hollinshead
In other news, our Technology Group is in the midst of a 10 week original music production workshop with CREATE+. Students use Apple's Garage Band app to create new rhythms, and mix instruments with vocals. PIP students have been putting Lady Gaga to shame with their vocals, rapping, and jamming skills!
With the end of the academic year approaching, PIP is holding its annual awards day on 25 July. We're pleased to announce that PIP is handing our more 25 ASDAN accredited awards in Personal & Social Development and Towards Independence Modules.
Students are looking forward to a busy leisure programme during August. Highlights scheduled are a visit to Kentish Town Farm, flora and fauna exploration at Kew Gardens, and a visit to the British Library to see the History of the Olympics Exhibition.
Of course, with the Olympics in London, we're playing our role by participating in a number of cultural and sporting activities. Towards the end of the summer, students are very excited to be attending the Paralympics- we have a whole week of Paralympics tickets, including Judo, equestrian, wheelchair basketball and fencing.
On 1st September PIP Theatre Company will be performing 'Journey of the Torch' - a music and drama performance featuring in Cool Fusion's Cultural Olympiad Event. The performance will showcase the inimitable talents of PIP Theatre Company members and is the culmination of a series of workshops with composer Andy Bungay, writer Linda Redshaw and drama therapists Rebecca Blake and Alison Singleton. PIP is the lone charity representing Westminster at this exciting event. For more information please visit www.piponline.org.uk
As a small charity PIP faces challenging times. We need the community's support more than ever. PIP's highly personal and dedicated support enables vulnerable adults with learning disabilities to achieve their potential. By promoting independence and choice, disabled adults can become active members of the community.
Please support PIP by contributing what you can!
Hello PIP Friends, Family & Supporters-
March marks the end of the financial year, and PIP has a lot of positive developments to reflect on. Our Theatre Company just completed a fantastic performance on 30 March (please see pictures attached), which was a fabulous night. PIP also delivered 2 exciting projects with different new partners-the Independent Film Trust and Vital Regeneration. Both projects offered our disabled adults opportunities to learn new skills, focus their creative ideas, and develop their knowledge of digital technology.
The next year promises more exciting opportunities and developments for our disabled adults. In May, we're embarking on a music module, and we've just launched a new Arts and Disability Project with more new partners!
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