As The First Citizen of the town, each year the Mayor accepts many invitations to attend public and community events across the parish. These invitations come from a wide variety of groups, organisations, businesses and charities to attend meetings, openings, galas and fundraisers, giving the Mayor the unique opportunity to meet and talk to many local residents. This is part of the Mayor’s public role and something that they take great pride in fulfilling.
At the start of the Mayoral term, the Mayor has the privilege to choose a charity to support, both in terms of raising much needed funds as well as raising the charities profile within the community. The charity will have a direct link and benefit to the residents of the parish and are often based within the parish boundaries. As the charities ambassador, The Mayor has the opportunity to make a big impact during their year of office, this is a role and honour that each Mayor takes very seriously.
Councillor Mike Smith is delighted to be supporting Youth Concern.
Youth Concern is a registered charity established in 1979 which offers help and support to vulnerable young people aged 13-25 years, many of whom have complex needs.
Their drop-in centre in Whitehill Lane offers young people a safe place to meet and access Guidance, support and counselling. They have excellent on-site facilities for their clients, including an IT suite and a purpose built in-house Music Studio with high specification equipment and software.
The drop-in centre is staffed by a dedicated team of experienced workers and volunteers who support young people on a 1:1 basis. When needed, they will also refer young people to specialist agencies where appropriate.
The charity is managed by a Chief Executive and is currently governed by Trustees and an Executive Committee.
To find out more, visit them at youthconcern.org.uk