About Councillor Liz Jones
I am honoured to be elected for the second time as Mayor, by my fellow councillors, for the municipal year 2022/23.
Having been Mayor previously in 2015, I am aware of the commitment this role brings and I am committed to ensuring I represent Dunstable to the highest of standards. I have been a Town Councillor since 2009 and thoroughly enjoy giving back my time to the town I grew up in and have lived all my life.
The last two years have been very difficult for the Mayor’s before me due to the pandemic, but I am excited to be able to return to a level of normality in reaching out to and supporting local businesses, organisations, voluntary groups and charities. I would like to focus my year as Mayor around recognising those who give time to others and bringing the community together.
We are extremely privileged in Dunstable to have such an array of organisations that are heavily reliant on volunteers. Without these volunteers our town would be lost in so many different ways.
We are also extremely fortunate to have a range of independent businesses, who despite recent pressures, continue to trade well and have faith in our town, for which I thank them.
I look forward to seeing everyone enjoying the Summer Events programme the Town Council has lined up, and off course the national celebrations for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Each year the Mayor chooses local charities to support by holding various fund raising activities. I have chosen a number of charities to support this year all of whom provide much needed help to those most in need. My charities are:
- Hospice at Home Volunteers (Dunstable and surrounding areas)
- Dunstable Salvation Army
- Disability Resource Centre
I have been a trustee of HHV for over six years and have seen the invaluable service they provide to people who are faced with life limiting illnesses in their own homes and to those who care for them.
Dunstable Salvation Army has played a crucial role across the town for so many years but none moreso during the pandemic. They continue to provide warmth, shelter, clothes and food for those most in need, and organise Christmas collections to enable toys to be distributed. They also offer a free debt counselling service which has helped many people and continues to do so.
The Disability Resource Centre plays a key role in maintaining independence for so many people. From hiring and selling of equipment to signposting to benefit advice to supporting those in difficult situations. The resource centre has been a key partner across Dunstable in recent times and maintains a presence at The Mayfield Centre in Dunstable.
I have a number of events planned during my year as Mayor and I would very much like to welcome anyone who would like to come along and support them. I look forward to attending local events and activities during my year and meeting as many Dunstable residents as possible.
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