Who is the Mayor
The Current Mayor is Bob Pitts
The Mayoress is Mrs Val Pitts
The Deputy Mayor is Rob Stanton
The Deputy Mayoress is Mrs Maureen Stanton
What is the Mayor’s role
The Mayor is the first citizen of the Borough.
The Mayor is elected by fellow Councillors at the Council’s annual meeting in May each year.
Mayor is a non-political position. During their term the Mayors puts aside council duties to concentrate on being the Borough’s first citizen.
The Mayor chairs Council meetings. The Mayor also attends many functions in the Borough including:
· Civic functions
· Receiving dignitaries
· Attending dinners
· Opening events
· Talking to clubs and societies
· Visiting schools
The Mayor can also ask the Deputy Mayor to stand in if they are not available.
Borough mayors choose a charity to support during their term of office.
I have chosen to support as my charity of the year Wokingham, Bracknell and Districts Mencap who support local families and individuals who are dealing with autism and learning difficulties.
They are affiliated with the national Mencap charity but are entirely independent from them and they have been working tirelessly to serve the local community within the Borough since 1997
Any money raised in my year will be used to fund the Wokingham Borough Family Liaison Worker who provides preventative/early intervention support to families.
The aim of the role is to help to stop families reaching crisis point by providing personalised emotional and practical support to carers including 1:1 support.
The Family Liaison Worker is quite often the interface between the Disabled Children’s Team and other statutory services and the family where the relationship has broken down. This is a really important and worthwhile role that is actively helping to keep families together.
Within the Wokingham Borough the charity supports ‘cradle to grave’ 250 families – approximately 750 to 1000 people. Some of the wonderful work they are doing includes:
· a Family Liaison team that supports unpaid carers and families of children and adults with a learning disability and/or autism spectrum condition (ASC),
· a very successful support group in Woodley for children who have siblings with a learning disability/ASC;
· a weekly Youth Club at Addington School for children with learning disabilities/ASC;
· a weekly social group in Wokingham for adults aimed at those at the more profound end of the learning disability spectrum;
· a twice monthly Karaoke group for adults with learning disabilities and a twice monthly support group for adults with high functioning autism.
· Our carers support group has been running for over 11 years and we also provide respite trips and activities.
Invitations for the Mayor
All invitations to attend events should be made through the Mayor’s Office.
Email email@example.com or call 0118 974 6004
The Mayor’s Secretary Ann-Marie Bonwick can advise on the availability of the Mayor prior to a request.