Ciara Lawrence

Big Plan Engagement Lead

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Ciara is a person with a learning disability and is currently working for Mencap in the Transformation team. Ciara’s role is Big Plan Engagement lead, in which she talks to people with a learning disability to ensure they are included in Mencap’s strategy. Ciara has worked for Mencap for 19 years.

Ciara is a volunteer and Trustee Board Member for Sunnybank Trust, the charity for adults who have a learning disability. She is also a Trustee for Head 2 Head sensory theatre, Ciara is really passionate about going to the theatre herself. She is also a patron for Dance Syndrome. Ciara also has volunteer roles as an Ambassador for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and a Get Lippy campaign Ambassador for the gynaecological cancer awareness charity The Eve Appeal.

Ciara is really passionate about challenging negative views and perceptions about people with a learning disability. One of the way Ciara does this is through her podcast that she started during Coronavirus pandemic. She is also a blogger for Able magazine.

In her personal life, Ciara got married eight years ago to her husband, Mark. Singing and spending time with her family are really important in any spare time she has.

“I’m very proud to be shortlisted this year for the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List. It’s a huge achievement!”