A message from Helen Harrison, re-elected as Thornbury's Mayor in May 2017:
"Thornbury is widely known as a friendly and welcoming town, as shown by the number of people who want to live here, but I wonder if there are ways that it could become even more welcoming.
One of the foci for my second year as Mayor of Thornbury, will be to explore ways in which Thornbury can be more welcoming, in particular for people with disabilities or any additional needs. This initiative is called ‘Thornbury Welcomes!’
In order to do this, I want to work with support groups and individuals around the town to look at “what’s hot and what’s not” in how we welcome disabled people and those with extra needs such as learning difficulties, dementia, strokes or other conditions.
I am also interested to work with shops, businesses and community venues to understand the barriers which may prevent people being fully included in Thornbury life, and exploring how we may put in place measures to improve the situation.
I would also be interested to hear from people who have newly moved into Thornbury, whether they have additional needs and disabilities or not, to find out more about how they felt Thornbury welcomed them, and whether there are extra initiatives we can put in place to help new residents of Thornbury feel a more integrated part of this community.
I have enlisted the support of a Project Coordinator, Sarah Martin, who will be working alongside me in this task. If you or a local group you’re part of would like to discuss ideas around how to make Thornbury a more welcoming place, please get in touch with me and we’d be happy to meet you."
At a recent tea party, Helen launched a 'Thornbury Jigsaw' to raise funds for her chosen charities: - JIGSAW Thornbury and Brain Tumour Support.
This is a 1000 piece jigsaw that depicts a Thornbury street scene (shown above), hand-drawn by Richard Edwards from Surroundings.
The aim is to have 1000 different people signing each piece - 1 piece per person, and from that we will have a representative picture of Thornbury's community in 2017.
Remaining unsigned pieces are now residing at Surroundings.
Anyone who wants to sign a piece can go along to Surroundings - minimum £1 donation per piece.
Pieces can only be signed by people who actually go to Surroundings, no pieces can be taken away for others to sign.
It's based on first come first served, and once all pieces have been signed, the jigsaw will be made up (and hopefully we will find that no pieces have been lost!!!), framed, and then put on display for all to see.
A survey has also been set up to gather information and views from the people of Thornbury on ways the Town can be more welcoming to people with disabilities and additional needs.
Please get involved by filling out a survey which can be accessed by clicking here.