New Mayor for Warrington
Cllr Wendy Johnson is the 11th woman to be Mayor of Warrington.
Cllr Johnson represents Lymm North and Thelwall and is also a member of Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council. She has served on a range of committees and working groups and has particularly enjoyed her time as the Chairperson of the Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee. She will be focusing on two themes in particular, tolerance and homelessness, in her year as Mayor.
Cllr Johnson said, “I have been a long-serving council member since I first joined in 1998. To now succeed to the role of Mayor of Warrington is an honour.
“I look forward to the year ahead and being able to support the charities under the Mayor’s Appeal. I’m excited to get out and meet all the different residents of Warrington and to take on the new responsibilities of the mayoral role.”
Her sister, Beverley Hallam, will be the Mayor’s consort and support her throughout her mayoral year.
Cllr Johnson follows Cllr Karen Mundry as the 136th Mayor of Warrington. The new Deputy Mayor is Cllr Maureen Creaghan. This means when the Deputy Mayor succeeds as Mayor next year, it will be the first time is Warrington’s history that three women will have served consecutively as Mayor.
The new Mayor has chosen four charities to support through the Mayor’s Appeal throughout the year:
Warrington Disability Partnership: a voluntary organisation run predominantly by people with disabilities, with the aim of improving the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families through a range of direct and indirect services.
Walton Lea Project: a charity that provides supported learning, development and work activities for adults and young people with learning disabilities. The project Mayor of Warrington 2019 – 2020 has eight social enterprises including retail, horticulture, floristry, woodwork, recycling, craftwork and the Walton Lea tea room.
MacIntyre: a charity that provides support, care and education for adults and young people with learning disabilities. MacIntyre also supports residents through a range of activities, including the Warrington Learning Centre and Warrington Café, to socialise and build relationships.
Contact the Elderly: the only national charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people. The charity is supported by a network of volunteers who often arrange gatherings and tea parties.