Chairman chooses two charities to support during his term of office

July 28 2017
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A CHARITY that provides mental health support and information to young people has been chosen by the recently elected chairman of South Gloucestershire Council to help during his term of office.

A CHARITY that provides mental health support and information to young people has been chosen by the recently elected chairman of South Gloucestershire Council to help during his term of office.

Councillor Ian Blair has selected Off the Record (OTR), which has been a registered charity since 1965 and offers free, confidential help to those aged between 11 and 25, as one of two organisations to benefit.

As well as a base in Bristol, it runs sessions in South Gloucestershire, including in Yate, Little Stoke and Patchway.

The second organisation to be supported is Borderlands, which helps refugees and asylum seekers. 

Each year the new chairman or woman of the council chooses a charity or charities to promote, with any donations received during that time presented to their representatives at the end of the term of office.

Mr Blair, who represents Yate on the council, said: “I picked Off the Record because for many young people, mental well-being is not as good as it could be and this charity does some fantastic work in South Gloucestershire and Bristol to help improve people’s life chances.

“Equally, Borderlands reaches out to refugees and asylum seekers who need help to settle into communities after overcoming challenges many of us would struggle to comprehend.

“I’m looking forward to working with both charities during my year in office and hope my support will help raise the profile of the invaluable services they provide to people.”

Last year’s chairwoman, Erica Williams saw £3,730 raised through a variety of fundraising events for each of her charities - the Avon Valley Railway in Bitton and the Wild Place Project at Cribbs Causeway.