Here, Kaz talks about her experience of working with our Supporting People Enablement Team (SPET) as part of her Social Work degree at Canterbury Christchurch University.
When I first arrived at East Kent Mencap for my 100 days placement, I was excited to get started and meet everyone. The staff were really helpful throughout my placement, and I feel I’ve learnt so much from them. Meeting the charity’s members was inspiring. Most importantly, I’ve learnt that having the label ‘learning disability’ does not define a person.
Whilst on placement, I joined several ‘action group’ meetings and helped design a leaflet explaining the basics of banking. In addition to this, I supported tenants to develop new person-centre plans and become part of local schemes such as the Neighbourhood Watch.
My time at East Kent Mencap was an emotional one as I was able to see individuals I supported to become more confident grow and take control in their lives. Thank you to both the staff and members for making me feel so welcome; I am not only taking away a wealth of knowledge from my placement, but some wonderful memories too!