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Views on lockdown from Shardonnay
PiP Student Rep

Hi everyone. I'm Shardonnay, I'm 26 years old and I am a student at PiP.  I have autism. More importantly, I am student rep! This means that I represent students views and ideas and make recommendations for making PiP better for everyone.

When the virus was first announced and we went into lockdown it was upsetting because it happened so fast.  For me being stuck at home during this pandemic is hard especially because my sister came back from University and I have to share a room again!  

Even though PiP is closed, the good thing is that the staff are still on duty during the week and I can interact with my friends, other students and sessions are still going on through Zoom.   

Read more from Shardonnay and how she is coping with lockdown on our blog 

Celebrate Learning Disability Week with PiP!

Monday 15th - Sunday 21st June is Learning Disability Week.

This year's theme is the importance of friendship under lockdown, highlighting the staggering statistics of the loneliness felt by young people and adults with learning disabilities. 

To connect new and existing PiP friends, we'll be hosting a series of Cuppa and Conversation events over the week.

Join us for your tea/coffee break and chat with our expert staff, partners and our students to find out about a range of topics that are important to people with learning disabilities and those that support them to become independent. 

Find out more and sign up here to join us. 

Lydia is one of our students who is getting a lot from creative writing during this time.  Lydia is 24 years old and has Down's syndrome.  She says "I like creative writing because I feel confident and I feel I am doing my best. It is important to me to do creative writing during lockdown because it gives me a lot of confidence. These are two poems I made at a PiP workshop."
Other ways to support PiP during this time

We raised nearly £3000 thanks to your support for our #TwoPointSixChallenge.
Special thanks to everyone who attended a virtual event and our corporate partners BlueBay and Bowmark. 

There are lots of ways to get involved and support PiP at this time. Below are just a few ideas. 
Do get in touch to find out more.
  • Be part of our Royal Parks Half Marathon Team. Taking place on 11th October (fingers crossed), we have spaces for runners keen to participate and fundraise for Team PiP. 
  • FREE donations to PiP whilst online shopping - easy to sign up to support us and no cost to you via Amazon Smile or Give As You Live.
  • Become a Regular Donor and donate monthly (and tax free) through your salary with Payroll Giving.  
Sign up here to celebrate Learning Disability Week with PiP.
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