Destigmatising ‘The D word’

At the Orpheus centre, the days between the 24th and 28th May were dedicated to hearing from the disabled community outside of Orpheus. Zoom workshops were led by artists to encourage students to think about their own identities and what the word ‘disability’ has meant to them. Read more

A Night at Trevereux Manor Gala

The unmissable black-tie open air concert in the grounds of Trevereux Manor starring Richard Stilgoe, Joe Stilgoe, Janie Deem Jason Manford and Orpheus students. Read more

School of Rock

On a balmy July evening, after months of frustration, altered plans and false starts owing to the difficulties of the pandemic, their perseverance paid off. The spectacular show School of Rock was the result. Read more

Where are they now? Andrew Self

Andrew was a student at Orpheus for four years. He's an award winning dancer and you may have seen him on TV! Andrew tells us all about his new projects with Tailfeather and Mencap. Read more

National Careers Week 2021

It’s National Careers Week! Read more

Where are they now? Frankie Herman

Frankie Herman was a students at Orpheus for three years, first as a day students before moving into her own flat on-site . She is now living independently in Supported Housing in the community. Read more

Not All Disabilities Are Visible

Today, 3 December marks International Day of Disable Persons and 2020’s theme is “Not all Disabilities are Visible”. To mark this year’s annual celebration of people with disabilities, we are looking at the impact of us teaming up with Recite Me has made to our website. Read more

Every day I'm blown away by our Apollo group

Students in our Apollo group have difficulties in communicating and often find it hard to express their thoughts and feelings. Hear from tutor Liz how she and her amazing team help them find their voice and give them the confidence and skills they need to communicate. Read more

Where are they now? Harry Phillips

Harry Philips was a students at Orpheus for two years, one as a day students and the other as a resident. He is currently becoming an ambassador for Orpheus. Read more

Where are they now? Rory Dyer

Rory Dyer was a student at Orpheus between 1999 and 2003. He still regularly attends our shows and social events. Most recently appearing in our 'Disgraceful Cats' book launch. Read more

Helen's Loch Ness Swim - Lockdown delays the challenge

Oh......... This year was supposed to be my year. My goal was to go and smash Loch Ness, and find Nessie of course! Funny how all the best laid plans can change! Read more

Where are they now? Lorna Marsh

Lorna Marsh was one of the first five apprentices at Orpheus in the very beginning. She was at Orpheus for a year and a half. With Richards support she got into LIPA where She studied dance. She was the first woman in an electric wheelchair to get a dance degree with honours in the UK. Read more

Where are they now? Joanna Langston

Jo was a day student at Orpheus for twelve years, from 2005-2017. The things she enjoyed doing the most at Orpheus were song writing and drumming. Read more

Scrubhub

Orpheus has been a grateful recipient of 63 sets of scrubs, wash bags and over 50 fabric masks, to protect our Domiciliary Care team and our students. Read more

Florence Nightingale

200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale, a pioneering nurse, researcher and social reformer. CEO Rachel Black shares her insights into infection control and the incredible work of the Orpheus Domiciliary Care Team during these testing times. Read more

Paper Aeroplanes For Dom Care

Please send your paper aeroplane thank yous to [email protected] Read more

Lee Simpson and Orpheus

Improv actor Lee Simpson tells us how he was blown away by our students when he came to explore the world of Orpheus. and see what fun you can have with a simple roll of sellotape. Read more

Where are they now? Charlotte Rowling

Orpheus alumni series where are they now? In our first installment we speak to Charlotte Rowling about her experience and life after Orpheus. Read more

Ann’s Diary

Ann Lovelace is determined to show that age is just a number she has decided, at the fabulous age of 84, to take on a challenge. Ann is going to walk 84 miles over 21 days around the semi-rural village of Tatsfield in Kent. She will be keeping a diary of her experience. Read more

New Stickers and Banners

Orpheus will soon be receiving new stickers and banners from Discount Sticker Printing and Fast Print. Read more

Helen's Loch Ness Swim - January/February 2020

The lovely Helen from McMillan Williams Solicitors is swimming Loch Ness to reaise money for Orpheus. Follow her training journey here. Read more

17 Ways to Work with Singers with a Disability

17 Ways to Work with Singers with a Disability. The arts are able to inspire people of all ages and from all walks of life. Through the arts people with a disability can acquire the freedom to express themselves, develop confidence and gain communication and social interaction skills. Read more

Pride LGBTQ+ Celebration Review

February is LGBTQ+ History Month and in recognition of this celebratory month, our February 2020 intensive week focused on raising awareness. Full review by Ann Lovelace Read more

Gatwick Airport Volunteer Day

On 17 February 2020 we welcomed around 60 employees of Gatwick Airport, Knights Brown, KeyMT, Millstone, Fernden Construction, Glendales and Pro Direct Surfacing. They took on a huge project to transform part of Orpheus ‘DIY SOS’ style. Read about it here. Read more

A life and a Legacy

Joyce had never been to the Orpheus Centre, but had heard about the work we do and our wonderful students. We were soon to discover just how impressed she was by our charity, in the form of a very generous donation left in her will. Read more