A City student has generated social impact and supported adults with learning disabilities as part of the Micro-Placement Programme.
Paulina Samasova, (BSc Sociology with Psychology), has gained vital career experience working at PiP (Pursuing Independent Paths), a charity which supports adults with learning disabilities or autism to develop skills for independence.
The Micro-Placement Programme at City, University of London offers students an exciting way to gain professional experience via short summer placements with a wide range of London-based employers.
Over the past year they have placed 120 students on Micro-Placements across all of their programmes.
Since completing her Micro-Placement, Paulina was offered a part-time role at PiP, working within their fundraising team, helping the charity secure and process donations, organise events and communicate their key messages.
“I have been doing a lot of exciting work at PiP,” said Paulina. “One of our most important projects is the Big Give Christmas Challenge which starts on Tuesday 30th November and coincides with Giving Tuesday.
“This is where PiP are aiming to raise £10,000 to develop their employment programme and fund an accessible kitchen for their new building. This is a great campaign as every donation PiP receives will be match funded!”
Pip currently works with 56 students, all over the age of 18 with a wide range of learning disabilities including Down Syndrome, Autism and rarer conditions such as Fragile X Syndrome.
Since starting her role in person, Paulina has had opportunities to work with the students.
“I really enjoy working and speaking with PiP’s students during their classes or on their breaks,” said Paulina.
“One specific thing that I learned from the students is Makaton. This is a form of sign language which uses signs and symbol to communicate”
“I have joined a couple of Makaton lessons alongside the PiP students, and they have tried to teach me themselves, so I am not left behind!”
Paulina, who is now in her third year at City, is also City’s Students’ Union’s LGBTQI+ Liberation Officer, where she has helped establish a safe community for LGBTQI+ students.
Keeping social impact at the heart of her work, she aims to keep continue working within the non-profit sector when she graduates.
For more information see the Micro-Placement Programme at City.