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Fruitful comes to Paddington Central


We talked to Clare Twine, project co-ordinator for Fruitful, ahead of the health and wellbeing event we are running in partnership with the project on Wednesday 23rd May in Sheldon Square.

So what is the Fruitful project?
Fruitful is the flagship project of local charity Pursuing Independent Paths (PiP). PiP supports adults with learning disabilities to live more independent lives. Being involved in Fruitful gives them the opportunity to develop skills in money management, health and safety and customer service. Importantly, it also offers a way to show the world their talent and what a valuable asset they are to any organisation.

How did the idea for the Fruitful project come about?
One of PiP’s core values is healthy choices. Fruitful embodies this perfectly and also with the increasing awareness of health and wellbeing we are seeing in everyday life. Fruitful gives the students the opportunity to discover the health benefits of the fruits and vegetables that go into the juices they make, what tastes good together and what does not and, with this new knowledge, they are able to advise others on the importance of being healthy.

What other activities do the people you work with take park in at PiP?
We offer our students (we call them that because they come to us to learn) a very holistic service at PiP, looking at their personal development as a whole. As well as making a conscious effort to make healthy choices, we work hard on supporting the students to keep active. They take part in football, swimming, cricket, dance, tai chi among others. Tai chi is a gentle form of exercise that helps with strength, flexibility and balance and is a great activity for encouraging mindfulness. This is why we wanted to take this opportunity to bring the PiP tai chi class to Sheldon Square in a space where anyone and everyone can get involved.

Fruitful’s slogan is ‘Good for you, Good for me’ can you explain what that means?
This slogan really does sum up the project perfectly. Using this event with Paddington Central as an example: its good for our students who are able to sell the juices they have prepared to people in the local community; to produce a product that people want to buy is a great accomplishment for the trainees and you can see how proud they are when behind the stall. For those coming along, taking part in the tai chi and grabbing a juice from Fruitful, they are getting to interact with people they may not ordinarily get the chance to and they get to feel good about supporting a local charity.

We are excited to have both the PiP tai chi class and the Fruitful juice stall coming to Paddington Central
The students can’t wait to come and show everyone what they have been learning and to see what you think of the fresh fruit juices they have made especially for the event. Make sure you come and grab a juice straight away – once they are gone they are gone! We would hate you to miss out.

PiP will be working with Dao Lu tai chi school to bring Paddington Central a taster class from 12.30-13:30 in the amphitheatre in Sheldon Square. Fruitful will be serving juices from 12.00-14:00. Don’t be shy, make sure you pop out off from your office and get involved!