Mencap Offer Placements To Care Students

Wed, 04/04/2001 - 01:00

A group of care students at East Durham College got to meet the Operations Manager of a charity that helps people with learning disabilities, as part of their studies.

David Hand, Operations Manager at Haswell and District Mencap, gave a presentation to a group of 25 students who are studying on Health & Social Care and Childcare courses at the College.

David spoke to the students about the history of the charity and the various things that they do to help people with learning disabilities – as well as the voluntary placement opportunities with Mencap the students could access.

Student Helen Breeze, aged 17 from Seaham, said: “I have learnt a lot today about the services that are provided for people with learning difficulties.

“I would definitely consider doing a voluntary placement with Mencap as I know I would gain hands-on experience and it would give me a much better chance to get a job in the future.”

David Hand said “We already have three students working with us from East Durham College and they are doing some amazing work.

“Volunteers are essential for what we do and we would not be able to operate without them, also its great getting young people involved in our work.”

Haswell and District Mencap run various social enterprises which include a furniture shop and a catering service. It allows people with learning difficulties to develop essential skills and any profit generated goes back into the charity.

If you’d like to get involved with Haswell and District Mencap services please call 0191 526 0987.