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Mayor of Swindon

Image of Mayor Cllr Garry Perkins

The Mayor of Swindon is Councillor Garry Perkins.

Ward represented

Haydon Wick.

Responsibilities

The Mayor represents the council at events, welcoming guests and visiting local organisations. He also chairs full council meetings. The Deputy Mayor (Councillor Brian Mattock) may stand in if the Mayor is not available.

Charities

The Mayor is spending his term in office supporting two charities:

Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home

Started by a family, for families, and now shaped by families, Jessie May is a Bristol-based charity. It provides nursing care at home for children and young people with life limiting conditions who are not expected to live beyond the age of 19.

Jessie May was established in September 1994 by Chris and Philippa Purrington, following the death of their baby daughter Jessica May. She died from a genetic condition known as severe Spinal Muscular Atrophy when she was only 4½ months old.

Whilst the family were visiting relatives in Bristol, Jessica was admitted to the local hospital. It was here that the family learnt that the support they had received back at home in High Wycombe was not available to families caring for their child at home in the Bristol area. Jessica was cared for by her family at home throughout her illness. She died peacefully at home in her father’s arms, in privacy, with dignity and surrounded by all those who loved her.

Jessica’s parents were determined to do what they could to enable other children with conditions like Jessica’s, and their families, to have support in their own homes and the choice to die at home when that time comes. After a lot of hard work and perseverance initial funding was secured, and Jessie May was officially launched in 1996.

For reasons of safety and security, all Jessie May Care Team personnel are employed through University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UHBristol), and these posts are fully funded by Jessie May. All administrative personnel are employed directly by the charity. The Trust is almost entirely reliant upon voluntary funding, and encourages donations from individuals, corporate organisations, community groups and grant-making or charitable trusts. No charge is made to families using the services of the charity.

Since Jessie May was founded in 1996 the charity has supported over 300 children and their families in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Bath & North East Somerset, and Swindon & Wiltshire.

For further information, visit the Jessie May website.

The Harbour Project

We aim to be a family for every individual who seeks asylum or is granted refugee status in Swindon, to help them to rebuild their lives.

We provide advice, support, practical help and friendship, so that our visitors have the best possible chance of a fair hearing, a fair outcome from their asylum claim, and a fair future in the UK.

We prioritise the interests of our visitors in the decisions that we make, and recognise the importance of their involvement in decisions that may affect them.

We are non-judgemental and accepting. We seek to provide equality of opportunity to allow visitors to access the help and advice that they need, specific to their circumstances. We do not probe or ask detailed questions about the events leading up to someone making a claim for asylum unless the visitor chooses to share this with us. 

We value our diverse Board of Trustees and staff team, and welcome volunteers from throughout the community, making use of their myriad skills. We work in partnership with other organisations wherever possible. We actively engage with stakeholders in our management and planning to ensure that our provision remains relevant, valuable and appropriate.

We are proud of our warm, family-like atmosphere. We are informal and friendly, and aim to provide a safe, comforting environment for our visitors to enable them to integrate into Swindon life in ways that are beneficial for them and other residents in the town. Underpinning the informality and friendship, we also pride ourselves on the professionalism, integrity, depth and breadth of the services and advice that we offer.

For further information, visit The Harbour Project website.

Contacting the Mayor and further information

If you wish to contact the Mayor email: mayor@swindon.gov.uk or telephone the Mayor’s Office on 07980 752046.

If you wish to request the Mayor’s attendance at an event, complete and submit the online form below:

Request the Mayor’s attendance form

You might also find the following downloadable document helpful:

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