Here, Faye talks about her experience of being an intern within our fundraising team and why she enjoyed it.
I felt welcome at East Kent Mencap from the very start. The fundraising team were really supportive and encouraged me to get involved in tasks of my choosing. During my time there, I developed a range of skills, from designing flyers and planning events to creating social media content and writing press releases.
One of my tasks was to support a group of teenagers who chose to raise funds for East Kent Mencap as part of the National Citizenship Service. This task made me realise how important community fundraising is to a charity; not only does it raise funds, but it also raises awareness.
To find more about what East Kent Mencap does, I attended one of the charity’s holiday clubs. These provide the opportunity for young people with a learning disability to take part in activities they may not otherwise be able to. Here, I saw first-hand the difference East Kent Mencap makes to people’s lives.
My time at the charity not only provided with experience of fundraising and communications, but also experience of learning disability. Before my internship, I didn’t know much about people with a learning disability and the lives they lead. Ultimately, East Kent Mencap showed me the importance of proving everyone with the same opportunities.