Gauri Mannra, Receptionist joined Mencap and their Young Ambassadors to meet Kate Green, Shadow Minister for Disabled People at the Centre of Engagement in the North during Learning Disability Week.
“Mencap celebrated the work of the Young Ambassadors and showed the video they had made about what people thought a learning disability is. It was really good to see the public’s point of view. People should be treated the same way as everyone else,” says Gauri.
“I’ve worked as a Receptionist for Golden Lane Housing and Mencap for ten months now, it took me a while to find this job. It was Mencap Employment team that helped me.
It’s really important that people with and without a learning disability can have the same opportunities so I wanted to find out how Kate was going to help.
Kate was very interested in what all the Young Ambassadors had to say and keen to speak to other MPs to ensure the voice of people with a learning disability is heard and they get what they deserve. She understood everyone’s view and how she could help people.
She explained that to make the changes there were other things that needed to be looked at as well. Education, helping people to make sure they choose the right courses – and studying the right subject to get the job you want. Training in writing a good CV and help when going for an interview would really help. A programme for careers and employment advice as well as explaining to employers what people with a learning disability can bring to the job.
I also think employers need to give people with a learning disability work experience too because they seem to want to employ people with experience but don’t give them the chance. Without the tools and expertise, people with a learning disability will find it difficult to get the right job. It is important that employers take note of this and give them an opportunity to thrive in a working environment.”