Council Champions set out plans for their representees across the county
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Newly elected Lancashire County Councillor Champions will share their plans for helping local communities next week as part of a celebration event.
Six county councillors have taken up the roles of Champion for six different focus groups across Lancashire. Returning to the role for a second term are Cllr Joan Burrows (Champion for Older People) and Cllr Alf Clempson (Veterans). Joining them will be Cllr Rupert Swarbrick (Disabled People), Cllr Paul Rigby (Parishes), Cllr Stuart Morris (Mental Health) and Cllr Scott Smith (Younger People).
The Covid-19 pandemic has made life difficult for everyone, and the newly elected Champions are determined to help reconnect the communities of Lancashire. Each Champion has a £10,000 fund for this financial year to support their activities as champion.
The new Champions spoke about their plans moving forward to help their focus groups within the community.
Cllr Joan Burrows is the Champion for Older People and she also represents Penwortham East & Walton-le-Dale. She said:
"This is my second term as the Authorities Champion for Older People and I am looking to reconnect with groups that I have visited previously, to see how they have coped throughout the pandemic and what they are currently able to offer the Older People they serve. I am keen to make contact with any new initiatives, groups or individuals, in particular the ones that would benefit from my support. I hold a privileged position at LCC. I am the eyes and ears, on the ground, for the senior decision makers in the Authority and my reporting back helps them shape future service plans for Older People across Lancashire."
Cllr Rupert Swarbrick is the Champion for Disabled People and he also represents Longridge with Bowland. He said:
"I am keen to create more opportunities for disabled people to access our amazing countryside in Lancashire, as well as get involved in the numerous leisure, culture and sports activities available. I hope that this will bring real benefits to the lives of an important part of our community through helping to tackle loneliness and social isolation. I'm keen to work in partnership with organisations and disabled people themselves to add value to and enhance existing programmes or to assist launching new initiatives. I shall be contacting stakeholders very shortly to make a start on this so do please let me have your feedback."
Cllr Paul Rigby is the Champion for Parishes and he also represents Fylde South. He said:
"Having worked in a Parish myself for over 20 years, I understand the barriers they face with their day to day activities. This often comes from borough councils and even Lancashire County Council itself, so I want to work to remove these barriers, so they can run more efficiently moving forward, and build our relationships across Lancashire."
Cllr Alf Clempson is the Champion for Veterans and he also represents Poulton le Fylde. He said:
"It is a great honour for me to have retained the post of Armed Forces and Veterans Champion. Having served for twenty four years in the Armed Forces myself, I like to think I am a round peg in a round hole and know many of the issues and challenges faced by the military and veterans community. I am proud of what has been achieved to date with the Lancashire Armed Forces Hub and indeed all the work which has been carried out in support of veterans and their families. Long may it continue!"
Cllr Stuart Morris is the Champion for Mental Health and he also represents Morecambe North. He said:
"I'm looking to really make a difference for people with mental health. The stats for people suffering with mental health issues in Lancashire are quite high, particularly in men. I'd love for people to reach out to me to talk about this issue, and I'm looking for suggestions on how people think we need to improve our services to better our mental health support."
Cllr Scott Smith is the Champion for Younger People and he also represents Whitworth & Bacup. He said:
"I'm really keen to get involved as much as I can. I'm here to help; anyone from a scout group to a college. I'll be looking to get around the county to visit all sorts of people and groups, to see how I can support them with their plans, and any financial support my budget may offer them."
Each councillor will share their plans on the county council’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts each day next week starting with Cllr Joan Burrows.
More information about the champions is available at https://council.lancashire.gov.uk/mgGeneric.aspx?MD=mgChampions
A series of videos have been produced by the champions providing an overview of their work and plans for their role.
Cllr Joan Burrows (Older People) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR3w4YEeEWI
Cllr Rupert Swarbrick (Disabled People) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgbkpktLaPI
Cllr Paul Rigby (Parishes) https://youtu.be/MEMKvIoG0QU
Cllr Alf Clempson (Veterans) https://youtu.be/F4xzZqqwTJw
Cllr Stuart Morris (Mental Health) https://youtu.be/seElkVrSmqk
Cllr Scott Smith (Younger People) https://youtu.be/2XSVJCLuBIs