My Name is Mia and I have a learning disability. I love animals, looking after my dog and being creative! I draw Manga Cartoons, take part in Marital Arts, enjoy music and perform with a group at Sadlers Wells, I recently played Jane Banks from Mary Poppins!
What I struggle with most is my confidence, people often assume I am really brave because I have performed on stage but I am actually really shy. However, when I had the opportunity to take part in this community impact project with Mencap I knew I couldn’t say no. They helped me to overcome my shyness and be filmed for the video.
It was fantastic to be completely involved rather than just being an observer and being a creative person I loved helping to design the invitation for the launch event!
It takes me a long time to get used to people but Mencap, my teachers and my team mates helped me relax. It felt great to be amongst people and be doing something that would help so many more people with a learning disability like me. I am sure the video will really help raise awareness of how hard it is for people with a learning disability to find a job.
I am thrilled with how the video came out and what a success the launch event was; I think everyone had a great time. The project has really built my communication skills and confidence.
People's Postcode Lottery
The Community Impact Project Mia took part in was one of four to take place across London this year and are funded by the People's Postcode Lottery.
The People's Postcode Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of the People's Postcode Lottery.
Our project received £20,000 from the Trust to support four groups of people with a learning disability to deliver four community impact projects around London. Helping people with a learning disability develop new skills and make a difference in their community.
Find out more about the work we've been able to do with the help of the People's Postcode Lottery on our Community impact projects in London page.