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See the Students at Runways End

A great way to meet Parity students and their staff, families and supporters as they celebrate at Runways End Week.

View the video by the Lisa May Foundation.


Hello from Vinnie

This time last year, Vinnie was lying in bed at home, battling severe health problems. Eventually, following months of illness, Vinnie needed a way to start living life unhampered by complex care needs. Still fragile, he began short visits to Parity. He soon showed he could make the most of any opportunity.

Today, the unstoppable Vinnie we’ve come to know and love is always busy – sensory cooking, playing his touch pad drum kit and guitar, using the computer and interactive technology, making trips out using the minibus, working on his communication and doing plenty of physio stretches.

Vinnie has excelled, gradually upping his time at the day service to four full days a week. “Parity have worked around his medical needs to enable him to have the best time possible,” says Vinnie’s mother Marie. “He loves his days at Parity and comes home full of smiles.”

 

A Minibus Adventure

When student Adam took control of the wheel of a Parity minibus, it turned into an unforgettable journey for everyone involved.

Adam (pictured on the left with friend Rob) was equipped to lead his magical mystery tour around Farnborough using two button devices called switches. One instructed Keyworker Tarne, driving, to go ‘left’ when he pressed it and one said ‘right’. After setting off, they circled the estate and passed Parity several times to the great amusement of students and staff watching through the windows, before finally exiting for the open road. They travelled four miles to the village of North Camp, going in and out of many car parks on the way!

Besides the fun and enjoyment, Adam exercised decision-making abilities, used his flexibility and dexterity, and experienced more of the world. Making his own choices and taking control.