Our charity partner Orpheus is an independent specialist college in Surrey that increases the confidence and skills of young disabled adults with a passion for the performing arts. They believe that every young disabled person should have the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers. They offer a holistic learning programme, a supported housing scheme and a domiciliary support service. Over the past sixteen years Orpheus has transformed the lives of hundreds of young people and their families. Their goal is for young disabled people to have the skills and opportunities they need so that they are ABLE to lead fulfilling and independent lives.
Nancy joined Orpheus three years ago and has been living independently in a supported living flat on site. She came to Orpheus as a very shy individual but has made some good friends and blossomed into a confident and outgoing young lady. She also takes an active part in the local community through her work placements at St Catherine’s School in Bletchingley (assisting in the Reception Class with the small children) and also joining the team of volunteers at the YMCA on Saturdays to provide respite for 5–11 year olds.
This year she has achieved her full Award in City and Guilds Employability and Personal Development Entry Level 3 and her Bronze Arts Award. Having decided not to move too far away, she has chosen a supported housing shared accommodation in Merstham and will be moving in at the end of term. She will be ABLE to continue her current work placements and enjoy attending the Oxted Youth drama club of which she has been a member for a year. Currently, she is taking an active role in the Summer show production at Orpheus and has become more confident and independent.
In 2016, we awarded a £30,000 to Orpheus Centre to fund a Life Skills Kitchen that will help the students become more independent. You can read more about the grant here.