Students with learning disabilities were given a tour around the Houses of Parliament ahead of them undertaking work placements at the House of Lords.
Three Supported Learning students from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) went on the trip to Westminster.
Lucy Mazur, 22, Ece Serkaya, 23, and Chinwoke Edeh, 20, were invited on the tour after applying to undergo work experience at the House of Lords this spring.
They were shown around by tour guide Tracey West, who told them about the history of the Palace of Westminster and also shared some interesting facts about the building and state occasions, such as the Queen’s Speech.
The students were further told about the artwork and ornate decoration in the different Houses and chambers, and also saw statues of previous prime ministers, including Margaret Thatcher, Clement Attlee and Winston Churchill.
Chinwoke said: “I like the design. It’s a very beautiful building, and it was interesting to hear about how it was rebuilt after a fire. Another thing about the tour I liked was seeing where the Lords and MPs sit and make decisions for our country.”
Lucy recently undertook work experience with Kate Green MP and was invited back to Parliament to attend Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons.
She said: “I thought it was really good. I’ve seen it on BBC Parliament and it was very exciting to be there. They talked a lot about Brexit and helping people with disabilities, which was interesting for me.”
CONEL’s range of Supported Learning courses and programmes give students with learning disabilities the chance to gain more independence by developing their work and life skills.
Thea Charles, Supported Learning Job Coach at CONEL, said “The tour of the Houses of Parliament was fantastic and was peppered with some incredible historical facts and stories that the students found both interesting and informative.
“We are very excited that out Supported Learning students will have the opportunity to work at the House of Lords in the near future, which will hopefully inspire them in understanding more about politics as well as giving them the chance to learn new skills.”