Town Council candidate, Bradford on Avon South
First elected to the town council in 2017, Jennie has made a special focus of the needs of older people, especially those with dementia and their carers. Working with the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA), which she chaired for 3 years, she has helped achieve recognition for Bradford from the Alzheimer’s Society as a dementia friendly community. She has been an active Community Emergency Volunteer (CEV) for the past five years. She also initiated and launched the Men ’s Shed project and has supported it through the early stages until a team was in place to run it. A retired social worker, Jennie has lived in the town for over 35 years and her family history here goes back several generations.
Jennie says: “I have been a Bradford South town councillor for nearly four years and have loved every minute of it. I have met and worked with some amazing people who, like me, love this town.
" I remain part of the DAA (as secretary) and also have contact with many older and vulnerable residents through my volunteering with the CEVs. I have provided independent support to people during the pandemic, either running errands or talking on the phone.
“It is my intention to stand again in May 2021 in the hope that I can engage with more residents and expand on what we have achieved so far. I also have a few new proposals to share with you!
“If I am re-elected, I would like to extend my efforts to encourage the young, elderly, vulnerable and minority groups to be involved together as we work towards a more cohesive, social, economic and cultural community, the benefits of which are combatting loneliness, building community confidence and giving every resident a voice when decisions for the town need to be made.
“The wellbeing of the people of Bradford is my top priority, as it has been for the last four years."