Ward: Essa Ward
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I became a member of Saltash Town Council after being co-opted on for the East Ward in February 2021. Following the May 2021 elections I am now an elected Councillor for Essa Ward.
A bit about me: My family moved from Hemerdon to Saltash in 1977. I attended Longstone Infants, Saltash Junior School and Saltash Comprehensive. I have older twin sisters Nicola and Joanne and a younger sister Sarah, all of which still reside in Saltash with their families.
I live near the Town Centre and share my home with my husband Matthew, sons Sam and Jake and our two black cats, Dinky and Ralph.
I worked for Plymouth City Council Revenues and Finance for 17 years. Most of this was in customer facing roles in the Council Tax and Housing Benefits Department, which helped me appreciate the diverse range of people living around us. I am a friendly, empathetic, down to earth person who is always happy to help anyone. I left Plymouth City Council after taking voluntary redundancy and now spend my time carrying out voluntary work.
I am a volunteer at Community Enterprises and enjoy delivering quizzes to customers that would normally attend the Dementia Cafe. This has proved to be popular as it provides them with a fun form of memory exercise. I also shop weekly for the shielding population of Saltash and volunteer at the Community Fridge and larder, which helps to distribute food that would normally end up in landfill.
Since the vaccine roll-out I have become a regular volunteer at Plymouth Pavilions vaccination centre, which completes more than 2,000 vaccinations over each full-day session!
In my spare time I enjoy walks in the countryside with the family and days out on the beach when weather allows.
I am very passionate about our town, its history, its present and, most importantly, its future. It is an honour to serve my community.