Before coming to My Life My Choice I was a recent History graduate from the University of Winchester. Whilst doing my degree I became interested in charities and people’s rights. Then I heard about My Life My Choice, a charity that self-advocates, changes attitudes and ‘powers-up’ people’s lives. I applied to the role of Advocacy Officer at My Life My Choice and was delighted when I was offered the job.
I have now been with My Life My Choice for one month and this one month has been a blur. I have learnt and experienced so much. I have worked on countless Power-Up projects including DRILL Sex and Relationship and the Bridge Project as well as Transforming Care and Quality Checkers.
I have also met countless inspiring people. Michael Edwards, one of the Founders and the President of My Life My Choice, as I discovered, is a very knowledgeable person about learning disability rights and working in charities. And I cannot forget to mention those who I met at my first visit to the Stingray Nightclub and those who I have worked closely with on Power-Up; Joan and Tommy are a laugh to talk to, and Pam, Jackie, and Dawn are some of the best people I have worked with in my five years of charity work.
After four weeks and many learnings later, I have to say that I’m excited for the next eleven months at My Life My Choice. I look forward to most of all is the NDTi away days in September.
Though work aside, My Life My Choice is right in the heart of Oxford and I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring the area, going to the pubs and making new friends in this new city.
I love my internship - it has been everything I wished for and more - an excellent way to build my career in charities but most importantly it has been a great way for me to help others.