I am delighted to have been elected Chairman of Oxfordshire County Council for the coming year 2017/18 after the Annual Council meeting, which was held yesterday at County Hall. It is a great honour and privilege to be an ambassador out and about in this beautiful county and I look forward to a very busy year ahead.
I have nominated two local charities which I hope to support over the coming year which are the Oxfordshire Oesophageal and Stomach Organisation, which is a charity set up to help those of us who have been touched by this disease. This group not only supports survivors and their carers to live as normal a life as possible, but regularly raises funds for the unit at the Churchill hospital in Oxford.
My other charity I shall be supporting is Headway Oxfordshire, which has a base in Kennington and supports those suffering from brain injury and their families as they try to come to terms with living as normal a life as they can in difficult circumstances.
The official engagements started today with presenting awards for the Oxfordshire Supported Internships, which took place at County Hall. It was a real pleasure to see so many young people who benefit from the good work we are doing with Oxfordshire Employment and other charities including Mencap, Shaw Trust, Disability Confident alongside the Department for Work and Pensions.