"It was an amazing week for me and, I think, for everyone who attended"

Phab

Benjamin, 14, Rigaud's

“One of the most rewarding developments was going from being a complete stranger through to what I like to think of as a friend in whom others could confide in or joke with.”

Westminster’s Phab week is hosted in partnership with UK charity Phab, which works to support children and adults struggling with physical and mental disabilities.

The aim of this annual residential week is to create opportunities for children and adults of all abilities to enjoy life together. A team of approximately 10 of Westminster’s teaching staff oversee the week and attendee numbers are equally balanced between our guests from the Phab programme and our hosting pupils, most of whom are in the Sixth Form. This mix helps to ensure more balanced and positive integration and also helps to provide suitable care and attention for all participants.

During the holiday there are various classes and workshops in Art, Music, Dance and Drama and attendees work towards a public show at the end of the week. Outings are also arranged to the theatre, art galleries and other cultural places of interest in London. The week aims to enable everyone who participates to develop and explore their talents and potential and, above all, learn to communicate more easily with others.

The Phab holiday is another area of our community outreach that we engage with financially as well as practically. Thanks to our pupils’ amazing fundraising efforts throughout the school year we are able to offer the whole week completely free of charge. This is vital in ensuring that a wide range of people are included and able to benefit.

To learn more about Phab as an organisation visit their website or to find out more about the Westminster Phab week specifically contact bhavna.choraria@westminster.org.uk.

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