Pedal power

Jessie is the driving force behind Pulp Friction, a social enterprise that supports people with learning disabilities and/or autism.

Meet Jessie

Jessie has learning disabilities and autism. She just wants to help people and make new friends, but sometimes her speech can be difficult to understand. As a result, she’s been patronised, infantilised and ignored.

But Jessie won’t accept discrimination – against herself, or others. It’s why she worked with her Mum, Jill to set up the Pulp Friction Smoothie Bar Project.

A shining spokesperson

Pulp Friction is a social enterprise that helps people with learning disabilities and/or autism to be more independent and develop their work and social skills.

Pulp Friction runs a range of hospitality and catering activities including pedal-powered smoothie bikes, an ice-cream tricycle, a cafe and two canteens. What started as a hobby has grown into a business that employs 13 people.

As an ambassador for Pulp Friction, Jessie volunteers across all aspects of the business. She uses the profits from catering initiatives to fund other social and leisure activities including an inclusive choir and disability-led dance group.

Changing perceptions

Jessie spends most weekends volunteering at community events. She positively raises the profile of people with disabilities and autism by changing the perceptions of individuals, groups and organisations.

Although Jessie can be quiet and timid, she also has a strong sense of right and wrong and always wants to challenge what she sees as social injustice. It’s why she works hard to make sure all people are treated equally.

“I have always appreciated Jessie as my daughter. But, when I step back and look at what she does, how she does it and what others say about her I can really see the difference she is making,” says mum, Jill.

“I’ve had parents and young people who are struggling with a range of additional needs tell me that Jessie gives them hope for the future.”

“Keep doing what you are doing.” – Leaders’ List 2019 Judge

“I am particularly impressed by this person and genuinely feel she has made a positive difference, starting from a place of passion…I felt her dedication while reading. What a lovely tribute from her mum.” – Leaders’ List 2019 Judge