My name is Lloyd Page, and I volunteer for Mencap. I recently went to parliament and have helped out at the Little Noise Sessions. I really like volunteering for Mencap – I do lots of interesting things such as go to different meetings, conferences and events. I meet lots of different celebrities and other exciting people from all walks of life.
I recently went to the Houses of Parliament for the All Parliamentary Party Group for Learning Disability.
People who are not MPs were invited along to ask MPs questions and listen to their answers. The topic was the government's green paper consultation on social care. Phil Hope, the care services minister, gave a short summary on the plans for a National Care Service and how it could be paid for.
In my opinion, the government should provide more respite care services for people with a learning disability. Respite care services are so that people with a learning disability can have short or long term breaks so that their parents can go away on holiday somewhere.
Some great gigs
On Sunday night I went to help out at the Little Noise Sessions where Florence + the Machine were headlining. Their hits include ‘Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)'.
The Little Noise Sessions are a series of acoustic concerts that take place at the Union Chapel in Islington each year. Some of the best new and established bands play, raising money and awareness for Mencap.
The venue was great and the singer's voice is electrifying and sounded great in the surroundings of the Union Chapel.
The next big event that I am volunteering at will be on 9 December for Mencap's Carols by Candlelight service. I'm really looking forward to it and will be reading a poem by Liz Garrad called ‘Christmas'.
Through my volunteering roles, I have been to some brilliant events, met lots of wonderful people and had the chance to support Mencap in lots of ways.