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Carol takes centre stage

A Warwick woman with learning disabilities has swapped places with a County Council boss as part of the Changing Places, Changing Lives campaign.

Carol O’Gara uses Warwick Community Support Services for people with learning disabilities. She swapped places with Simon Robson, a senior officer for Warwickshire County Council.
One of Carol’s tasks was to present staff at Warwick and Leamington Community Support Services with their training certificates and long service awards. Normally this would be the job of Simon Robson, Head of Communities and Wellbeing, but Carol and Simon were keen to switch roles to raise awareness about the challenges faced by people with learning disabilities.

The presentation was held at the Newbold Centre in Leamington and the awards were for NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) levels 2 and 3 in Care, LDQ (Learning Disability Qualification) level 2, and Long Service. 

Simon explained: “Carol and I agreed swap job roles for an afternoon to support Mencap’s national campaign ‘Changing Places, Changing Lives”.

"Carol attended the presentation evening and did an excellent job in congratulating staff and presenting them with their certificates.  In return I am going to spend an afternoon doing Carol’s domestic job," he added.

Carol said: “I had fun, and was proud to present staff with their certificates because they all so work hard.”

Jackie Grant, Manager of Warwick and Leamington Community Support Services, said: “It was a great evening, and the large number of staff receiving awards reflects the hard work and commitment that our workers give.”