The Lord Mayor of York and the Sheriff of York are supporting charities during the 2021 to 2022 civic year, which are tremendously important at this time whilst fundraising is has been severely curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic, and which are close to their hearts:
Supporting York Mind
Mental health has been enormously impacted by our experience through the coronavirus pandemic. Joy, the Lady Mayoress has a particular interest in mental health, having both practised as a psychotherapist in various settings, and having trained counsellors as a senior lecturer at Leeds Becket University. She has worked with a number of mental health services both within the NHS and in the third sector. York Mind is the leading mental health charity serving the area and its work is vitally important at this time.
Young people have been particularly badly affected by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Danielle, the Sheriff’s Lady is passionate about the well-being of young people and this motivates her work as part of the Wellbeing Team supporting students at the University of York. SASH is at the front line of preventing homelessness for vulnerable young people in York.
Supporting The Wilberforce Trust
Councillor Ashley Mason, The Sheriff of York, has a genetic visual impairment and helping those who support others with sensory impairment is important to him.
The Lord Mayor, Councillor Chris Cullwick, has also experienced a degenerative eye condition since his early 20s. The Wilberforce Trust was based in Huntington until this year and is now based in Dringhouses so it also has strong connections with the wards they serve.
Fund raising for the Lord Mayor's and Sheriff's charities
Bridget Meynell is chairing the fund raising team during the 2021 to 2022 civic year; you're invited to support their efforts as they plan to highlight the ‘fun’ in 'FUNdraising'. The Two Ridings Foundation are represented on the fund raising team and will be administering the funds.
Celebrating fund raising across York
York has a fantastic culture of volunteering with 70% of us doing some form of unpaid work for the community. The Civic Party are committed to support all charities, social enterprises, churches, and faith communities serving the people of York, and welcome all invitations to highlight and celebrate their contribution - you may consider inviting the Civic Party to your fund raising event.