Lucy talks about her work experience placement in Kate's office:
This November and December I spent 5 weeks in Kate’s Westminster Office. My job coach Thea from my college CONEL worked with Mencap to help get this opportunity to experience how an MP and the people behind closed doors do their job.
It was interesting to see how meetings and debates are prepared for and done. I learnt how for an MP the job does not just end the minute they go home. The placement was really good.
Joe and Kate pushed me in a good way to go to meetings if I felt unsure or was worried about it. Joe also explained tasks to me so I am able to complete tasks successfully. In meetings it was good that staff took time to allow me to think of what to say or do as I need a little bit longer to process information. They also talked a bit louder and not too fast.
During the placement, I have improved my work as I have become more confident. This has enabled me to become more confident to socialise without feeling uncomfortable/anxious about this.
Working here I realised that in the future because I am hard of hearing, it would be helpful for me to record meetings that I attend. This would save me writing notes when it is too fast and so I can type up notes later.
It is a good idea for Members of Parliament and the Houses of Parliament to have people with disabilities work here so they can understand and see how people with disabilities are discriminated and how best to support them in the future and in many places. It also helps show diversity of workplace and society.