The Mayor of Rotherham
The Mayor of Rotherham for 2018/19 is Cllr Alan Buckley.
After 30 years of “looking after Brinsworth”, new Mayor Alan Buckley and his wife Sandra are looking forward to using their year in office to shine a light on the many charities, organisations and groups doing invaluable work in Rotherham.
“In our last year as Deputy Mayor and Mayoress, we’ve seen just how much goes on in Rotherham. There are so many good activities, groups and charity work that take place, and it often goes unnoticed. We’re looking forward to using our time as Rotherham’s Mayor to bring this excellent work to the forefront and show the world what Rotherham and its people stand for.
“Although there’s that much going on, I’m not sure a year is long enough to show them all off!”
Both Alan and Sandra are expanding on a lifetime’s work supporting Rotherham’s community which began after marrying in 1975 and becoming parents to Claire and Heather, leading them to get involved with school activities and joining the board of governors.
At the same time, Alan fulfilled his boyhood dream of becoming a firefighter, a career which helped him become involved with unions and the local ward councillors through a colleague. “I’ve always wanted to do something for the local community. I did do this through being a firefighter; it was always an uplifting feeling knowing you’d done a great job to help people, albeit not always in nice circumstances.
“When the kids went to school, we both got more involved with our community. I became a governor, and sometimes-Chairman, at Brinsworth Whitehill Primary and Brinsworth Comprehensive Schools, and Sandra became a lunchtime supervisor and an exam invigilator. We could make a difference by working with the community and still fit around taking the children to school.”
Politics have always played an important aspect in Alan’s life, from his early working days in the steel works as a union shop steward, through to his active participation in his local ward, so it was only natural that he progressed to become a Borough Councillor in 2010, following retirement from the fire service. As councillor, Alan has sat on numerous boards and groups, including the Licensing Board, Improving Places Select Commission, Health, Welfare and Safety Panel and eight years with the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, maintaining his links with the fire service community.
“I never imagined that one day I would have the great honour and privilege to be Rotherham’s Mayor and First Citizen.
“Our year as Deputy has been a busy one, completing over 100 duties. It’s given us the opportunity to meet just some of the great people and organisations that make Rotherham the town it is and are looking forward to an even busier year ahead.”
Alan will be supported by Sandra, who in addition to her work with local schools has helped manage the local community centre before finally retiring. “Becoming Mayor with Sandra as Mayoress is a way of saying ‘thank you’ for all her support over the years. We’ve dedicated much of our time in supporting the community, so now is the right opportunity to share the experience together.
“We’re looking forward to carrying on the good work of previous Mayors in raising the profile of the hard work of the people of Rotherham.”
They have chosen three charities to support which hold a personal and local affinity: The Fire Fighters Charity, which benefits serving and retired firefighters and their families; Headway Rotherham, supporting people with brain injuries; and Dr Ted children’s appeal for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity, which raises funds for toys and specialist medical equipment to ensure children and young people have the best experience possible whilst in hospital.
The Fire Fighters Charity
2018 is the 75th anniversary of the Fire Fighters Charity. From its roots assisting bereaved families of firefighters killed during the Blitz, to a modern day service that provides life enhancing health and wellbeing support to the whole fire community, the charity is proud to serve our everyday firefighting heroes.
Every year the Fire Fighters Charity support thousands of beneficiaries, serving and retired, and their dependants through a broad range of services. These include:
- Rehabilitation (physical and psychological) through its three specialist centres
- Health and Wellbeing – appropriate for long-term conditions
- Advice, Information and Support
- Child and Family Programme
The Dr Ted Children’s Appeal
The Dr Ted Children’s Appeal is run by the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity. Since 2012, it has raised thousands of pounds to help improve the experience children, young people and their families have of the care they receive in the community and at Rotherham Hospital. The appeal raises money to fund everything from sensory toys and games to specialist medical equipment and the refurbishment of play areas and family rooms. Fundraising and donations have enabled the Charity to fund new toys for Rotherham’s new Urgent and Emergency Care Centre, a magician to make youngsters on the Children’s Ward smile and biliblankets which allow parents to cuddle their new-borns while they are receiving phototherapy treatment on the Special Care Baby Unit.
Headway Rotherham is the brain injury support group. Based in Victoria Hall, Rawmarsh we offer information, support and advice to adult brain injury survivors, carers and their families.
Survivors require support to come to terms with change in lifestyle following brain injury and to deal with practical and emotional issues.
For 30 years HR has provided a range of community based services and activities that address these needs. Services include, Advocacy, counselling, and Peer Support and activities such as weekly coffee mornings, social evenings, ten pin bowling, art and craft classes and occasional day trips out. These help to rebuild independence, self-confidence and resilience as well as make life-long friends.
Get in touch with the Mayor
Invite the Mayor to your event!
The Mayor welcomes invitations to attend events held by local organisations throughout the district.
Deputy Mayor of Rotherham
The Mayor will be supported in his role by incoming Deputy Mayor, Cllr Jenny Andrews.