The new chairman of Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) has announced the two local charities she’ll support in her year in office and outlined two key areas of focus.
Councillor Paula Hiscocks, a Rickmansworth councillor, took over as TRDC chairman from councillor Phil Williams at the end of May and has now dedicated her year in office to charities DEMAND in Abbots Langley and CVSS from the Aquadrome – both charities help local people with disabilities.
Speaking about CVSS, which helps disabled people sail safely, cllr Hiscocks said: “I’ve chosen this as it is one of the charitable arms of all the facilities we have in our Aquadrome.
“At my first council meeting in 2008 was to save the Nomads Kayaking club from losing their base in the Aquadrome, and a temporary site was found for them as a result. I am so pleased to see at last the opening of the new Bury Lake Young Mariner’s Centre, which will provide facilities for all these groups.”
Regarding DEMAND, which helps disabled people of all ages improve their life experience by adapting and making equipment to suit them, the former schoolteacher said: “Having taught in a local secondary school with an integrated special unit I have seen how important this equipment is to allow our children to participate in activities and just to make specialist equipment more comfortable.”
Cllr Hiscocks also mentioned two different aims: “We have wonderful communities in Three Rivers but also a lot of isolation and loneliness, from young parents to carers and older people. This year I would really like to raise awareness of all the schemes, societies, events and facilities we have throughout the district and encourage people to be part of our community – I think the phrase is, ‘It’s always better together.’”
“Also I am very concerned about air pollution. We can all try to walk more and turn off our car engines when we are stationary. Just two small things will make a difference.”