Supporting communities focus for new MayorPublished Friday, 17th May 2019
Helping and supporting Rotherham’s people and communities is the focus for Rotherham’s new Mayor, who was sworn in today (Friday 17 May).
Cllr Jenny Andrews took over from Cllr Alan Buckley in an official ceremony at Rotherham Town Hall, supported by fellow councillor, Jeanette Mallinder as Mayoress.
A civic ceremony will place in Rotherham the tomorrow.
Jenny’s community focus as Mayor builds on a lifetime of helping others, beginning with seeing her father represent Maltby as a councillor; to tackling issues on behalf of fellow students as part of the student union at university; and going on to become a Parish Councillor and a Rotherham Borough Councillor serving the Hellaby ward. Her education also led her on a journey to caring, studying to become a mental health nurse and fully qualifying at the age of 48.
She said: "I’m a people person and believe in community, so it’s an honour to achieve the role of Rotherham’s first citizen. As community leaders, we’re in a privileged position to be able to support communities with the challenges they face and lead them to the right place.”
Self-proclaimed ‘community girls’, Jenny and Jeanette aim to be out and about around the borough as much as possible: “I believe we’re all on a path of life with people who encourage and help you along the way. As Mayor and Mayoress, we’re representing Rotherham and the Town Hall belongs to the people, so we really want to get involved and support as many people as we can.
“It’s wonderful to make such a difference to people, especially starting so late in life and as a woman. I hope my story inspires others by showing it’s never too late to achieve what you want to do.
“We’re thrilled and proud to be Mayor and Mayoress. We’re long-time friends and colleagues, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to do something together. The path of life has really built up to this moment.”
They have chosen three charities to support through the Mayor’s Charity during their term: Rotherham Hospice, Shiloh Rotherham and Rotherham United Community Support Trust. Four other charities will also benefit from fundraising during the year: Rotherham Samaritans, Rotherham Parent Carer Forum, Thornberry Animal Sanctuary and New Life Church.