Two main priority areas for Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Mayor during his year in Office are the young and the elderly.
Mayor, Councillor Steve Powderhill, is just two months into his role and says he is using his time to focus on the things he feels passionately about.
Born, raised and educated in the Pontypridd area, and living there all of his life, Councillor Steve Powderhill cares greatly about his community and has been the elected County Borough Councillor for Treforest since 2012.
But since becoming Mayor earlier this year, he is also using his role to focus on communities across the County Borough, as well as helping to raise the profile of many charities and organisations.
Educated at Pontypridd Grammar School and Technical College, Rhydyfelin, Councillor Powderhill has been a professional photographer for over 35 years.
During his year as Mayor, he is keen to meet as many people across the County Borough as possible - and has already had a busy few months since his inauguration at the Council’s AGM in May.
He will be supporting many charities during his year of office, including Giving To Pink, Welsh Hearts and Velindre Hospital, as well as giving his support to children living with diabetes in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Councillor Steve Powderhill, said: “The role of Mayor is one of significant importance and one I take very seriously. I believe there are three vital functions of the Mayor’s role - civic, democratic and charitable.
“I have already conducted a Freedom of the County Borough ceremony in honour of MOD St Athan and all Royal Air Force Personnel, Past and Present, along with a very successful Armed Forces Day celebration and commemoration event.
“I have hosted the Rhondda Cynon Taf girls’ football squad at the Mayor’s Parlour in Pontypridd, and many more organisations, and have been invited to 100th birthday celebrations right across the County Borough.
“The civic and charitable elements of the role are two crucial aspects that I feel very passionately about. The young people of today are our future, but we also have to give thanks and recognise the contributions that our older generations have made to our communities.
“This is why I intend to visit many more schools, care homes, charities and local organisations during my term of Office.
“I have a great passion and pride for the work our young people carry out on a regular basis. These people are our future and we have a great wealth of talent amongst our young people.
“This talent just needs to be nurtured for the better of our County Borough in years to come. Our future will be safe in their hands, and as Mayor, I want to leave a legacy for the youth of today as they are our adults of tomorrow.”
Councillor Powderhill says it is intention not to host a Civic Service in 2018/19, but instead he wants to reach out to as many communities across Rhondda Cynon Taf as possible.
He also aims to support many charities along the way, including Macmillan Cancer Support and plans on hosting three Charity Golf Days - one in the Cynon Valley, one in Pontypridd and one in the Rhondda.
Supporting children who are living with diabetes is also something close to the heart of the Mayor as his own grandchild has Type I Diabetes.
The Mayor’s Chaplain for 2018/19 is Reverend Peter Lewis, of St Catherine’s Church, Pontypridd.
The role of Mayor is a far-reaching one, of which raising charity funds is just a part. As the First Citizen of the County Borough, Mayor, Councillor Steve Powderhill will also support a number of civic events, including the Council’s important support of The Festival of Remembrance, Remembrance Day, Christmas events, the Nos Galan Road Races and many more.
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If you wish to invite the Mayor to attend a function or require further information on the role of the Mayor, contact the Mayoral Office at The Pavilions, Cambrian Park, Clydach Vale, CF40 2XX. Email: email@example.com or call 01443 424048.
Posted on Thursday 9th August 2018