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Pathways students raise money for Williams Syndrome

STUDENTS from our Pathways to Work and Independent Living course had a ball at their charity five-a-side tournament on the 3G pitch.

The event raised funds for the Williams Syndrome Foundation with some players even donning an array of fancy dress outfits for the occasion, as they competed for the honour of lifting a trophy made by the students.

There was also a Spot the Ball and Spin to Win competitions and a bun sale.

Williams Syndrome is a rare congenital disorder that affects around one in 18,000 people in the UK.

Its effects include small delicate bones; heart, blood vessel and stomach problems; anxious/nervous behaviour; high levels of calcium in the blood; learning or cognitive disabilities; difficulty eating and a need for sunblock to protect skin.

People with Williams Syndrome are often very caring and cannot identify when others are exhibiting negative behaviour towards them.

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Ruby Young sold buns at the event and also produced a Williams Syndrome information leaflet

Most also have great verbal skills, enjoy bonding with others, are very sociable and can be good at counting.

The Pathways to Work and Independent Living course is ideal for students working at Entry Level 2, Entry Level 3 and Level 1 who may require a personalised approach to learning designed to meet their individual needs.

It involves a combination of theory and practical sessions and also includes guest speakers, off-site visits and work placements, with most students spending one or two years with the Pathways team.

For more information on our Pathways to Work and Independent Living course, please click here

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Brett (left) and Fin took entries for the Spin to Win and Spot the Ball competitions
Williams Syndrome Foundation

To learn more about Williams Syndrome Foundation or to donate, click here.