Students learn about Mencap

PRESENTATION: Students Demi Dixon, Sarah Croft, operations manager of Haswell and District Mencap David Hand, Karen Hogg and Lorna-Beth Bartram
PRESENTATION: Students Demi Dixon, Sarah Croft, operations manager of Haswell and District Mencap David Hand, Karen Hogg and Lorna-Beth Bartram
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A GROUP of care students learned more about a charity that helps people with learning disabilities.

David Hand, operations manager at Haswell and District Mencap, gave a presentation to a group of 25 students who are studying on health and social care and childcare courses at East Durham College in Peterlee.

Mr Hand 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.

He 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 it is 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.

Anyone who would like to get involved with Haswell and District Mencap can contact (0191) 5260987.