Project Description

Lauren Knight

Age 19, West Midlands

I recently got involved in Mencap’s Young Ambassadors programme, organising a fundraiser for the Birmingham Dogs Home. Together with my group, I spent four months making frames and cake stands from old records, which we sold with sweets at our college to raise £120.61 for the Dogs Home.

Inspired by our fundraising, I wanted to get involved in more social action. Through Mencap, I gave a speech at the Law Society (I wrote it myself!) in front of a big audience about what it’s like to have a learning disability and how law professionals can help support clients who have learning disabilities too. Although I was scared at first about speaking in front of them, I enjoyed it in the end and was so proud to have supported Mencap. Social action has really helped develop my confidence, especially when it comes to meeting new people.