Mayor’s Week: January 1 – January 7

Mayor’s Week: January 1 – January 7

Ever noticed how ‘resolution’ is only one letter away from ‘revolution’? I wonder if our resolutions can really bring revolutionary change to our lives – be nice to think so!

I’ve spent this week thinking and planning for the remaining few months before May’s curtain falls on my mayoralty. There are still plenty of things to do and opportunities to raise funds for my two charities.

Severn Arts have been doing lots of new work recently with the range of innovative young people in the city. They are really demonstrating how engaging in arts and cultural activity helps mental and physical wellbeing. OnSide work in mental health, social prescribing, wellbeing and support and are focused on empowering people to make fair and informed decisions. Everyone is entitled to fair treatment by what can often be bureaucratic challenges for the best of us. I have found working with both charities rewarding and eye-opening.

Just as long as I have still got bruised toes and a sore Achilles from the Run in September, my donations page at Just Giving remains open and will continue to support events this year:

My engagement diary is also filling up with visits to the Guildhall from local groups of all ages and abilities, as well as commitments for me to visit you – awards ceremonies, opening new businesses, celebrating and supporting our city and its residents and economy.

I joined some of my fellow councillors for a festive meal this week. Nothing fancy, just very good fare in a local independent restaurant. It may be dry January for some but there are still plenty of ways to support our amazing hospitality industry who have suffered so much in the last few years. In my 60th year I will certainly be doing my best to bolster their trade where I can!




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