Orpheus - Jean's Story

Our headline charity partner this year is Orpheus, an independent specialist college in Surrey for young disabled adults  with a focus on developing independence skills through performing and visual arts and making dramatic improvements to young disabled adults’ lives.  Read on for Jean’s story on why she is running the Half Marathon at Intersport Run Reigate this Sunday…

Why I Run for Orpheus

Jean, Director of Finance and Resources at the Orpheus Centre, has taken part in 5 races over the years to raise money for the Orpheus Centre and will be running the Run Reigate Half Marathon in 2019.

‘I’ve worked at the Orpheus Centre since 2011. Working here I get to see the incredible difference that the charity makes to disabled young adults. I love seeing the change in our students over the two or three years they’re here; they gain confidence and life skills and leave us able to live independent lives.

We need to raise £1million every year to enhance our students’ experience on their journey to independence. This year we’re raising money for an outdoor gym and multi-use games area. We currently don’t have any sports facilities at the centre and students are keen to have somewhere to play games like football and wheelchair basketball, and to keep fit and healthy.’

The Orpheus ethos is that every young disabled person should have the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers and they offer a personalised study programme focusing on building independence, communication and social interaction skills through the arts, supported housing and a personal care service. All students are between the ages of 18 and 25 and have learning and/or physical disabilities. They stay at Orpheus for up to three years. Everything at Orpheus is focussed on maximising lasting independence for the students.

For more information regarding the amazing work they do follow The Orpheus Centre on their social channels.

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