On Wednesday 18th April, Siraaj and I firstly met Judy Allcock who has found out about the Parliament and was interested in being an MP. When we arrived, we told Judy a bit about the work Changing Our Lives does and then we told her about what the actual Parliament itself was about. We said the Parliament was like the Parliament in Westminster in London. The only difference itself was that the MPs will be adults with a learning disability and that the Parliament would be on employment.
We told Judy about that were 3 outcomes that we wanted to achieve which were :
We then told Judy our experience with Changing Our Lives and why we got involved. I said that I started 2 years ago with my work placement and how I was really quiet and wouldn't talk to anyone but then I talked about Takeover Day and Whole of Life. Siraaj talked about his national work and how he sits on the national health advisory board.
Then after we were done meeting Judy, we went to do 2 sessions at Dudley College and we gave a presentation with a bit a of background information on Changing Our Lives, People's Parliament and again the 3 outcomes. At the end of the sessions, we had 6 people interested being MPs.
So watch this space!!!
On the 2nd April, Siraaj and I met with Chris Sims (who works for the Mencap Employment Service based in Wolverhampton but works in Wolverhampton and Walsall.) Chris Sims role in the Employment Service is to help people with a disability to find a job.
Welcome to the first entry in G’s fantastic new blog!!!
I’m Gina Patel, I work for Changing Our Lives and this is my first ever entry!
I got involved with Changing Our Lives originally in July 2010 when I approached them to do my work experience placement while I was in year 10 at School and have never left!