I am 56 years old and married…
I have lived in Yeovil for 12 years.
From an early age I have been involved in community associations. When I was 12 my father became a Group Scout Leader, which meant I was exposed to the work behind the scenes and the organisation that required.
Later I was to take on the role of Chairman of a youth football club with around 10 teams (boys and girls teams). Couple this with the fact that from the first time I was old enough to vote I have been a Liberal and later a Liberal Democrat it seems a natural progression to stand for election and continue the community work.
My belief in the Liberal Democrats hasn’t wavered, what the party stands for and what it aims to achieve is as true today as it was all those years ago. For instance, I believe that everyone should be given an equal chance in life regardless of background etc. and that everyone should be free to speak and have an opinion. Indeed one of my strengths is that I look at both sides of an argument, sometimes to my own detriment.
As a progression to the work in the background, I became Secretary of Liberal Democrats Yeovil East Ward and become chairman of a local resident’s association, working with others to help and support the local community around home. I was involved in the committee bringing Yeovil Carnival back, which sadly folded.
In 2015 I was elected to represent Yeovil East as a Town and District Councillor
I am also a carer to my Mother who is latterly suffering with Vascular Dementia. A challenge which I have to admit not being prepared for, but through experience and reading have established a good understanding of this awful disease.
What I bring to the ward is:
•An understanding of youth and their needs
•An understanding of mental health
•A desire to help and take part in the community as a whole
Blogs from a personal prospective, obviously…