When I joined Mencap, my Employment Officer Rita McCrory, took me through a Vocational Profile. This helped me to see what type of work that would suit me and Rita talked to me about starting with a placement in either a cinema or golf club.
We are Christina and Michael and we are both in our 60s, we have been married for 30 years.
Aine Owens lives in Cookstown, County Tyrone. She is a Mencap Young Ambassador and recently campaigned successfully for her local council to reopen a children’s play park, but make it inclusive – and they did.
Hazel is 49 and has a learning disability. Last Christmas her support worker, Maureen, supported her to travel to Australia to visit her family. Find out more about this inspiring story.
Jay Caughey has been supported by Mencap’s Employment and Personal Development Service in Northern Ireland since March 2013.
Ashley lives in Bolton and through Mencap's Inspire Me project has become a more confident and outgoing person. He has been involved with the Hear My Voice campaign.
After the death of their brother Paul, Jayne and Jonathan now campaign for better healthcare for people with a learning disability.
Philip was supported into full time employment by Mencap's Worksmart programme. He now lives independently with his own home and car.
Varsha lives in Belfast and is a young woman on a mission. Having shadowed the Belfast’s Lord Mayor for a day she has dreams of opening her own business.
Sharen has just started work experience with Asda, after completing a Mencap course to help get back into the workplace.
Eddie loves to DJ, and is currently participating in a DJ course run by the Islington Social Inclusion Service, which is part of Mencap's Me Time programme.
Eoin works for two graphic design companies for part of the week and is passionate about photography. Last year he was a City of Culture volunteer.
My name is Joanne McDonald. I work for Mencap as an equality officer. I am also a self-advocate who loves chick-flicks and going to concerts.
David works for Swiss Post Solutions and was supported by Mencap into finding his job after previously being made redundant.