Mayor and Mayoress showcase borough to the Big Apple

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A group of adults from New York with learning disabilities discovered more about the borough thanks to the Mayor and Mayoress. 

Councillor John Story and his wife Barbara participated in a virtual meeting with members of Community Connections Life.

The organisation, which helps adults with disabilities, hopes to visit the borough later this year, COVID-19 restrictions permitting.

The Mayor and Mayoress were asked lots of questions as part of the online meeting, which was called The Happy Chat Show.

These included: what are your favourite flowers? Do you have any pets? When was Windsor Castle built? How did you become Mayor?

Peter Jost, a representative of Maidenhead Mencap, also attended the event.

Cllr Story said: “It was a good opportunity to showcase a little of what the borough has to offer the visitor and also to respond to a call from Community Connections Life, to help their members interact with others, albeit virtually, at this time of international lockdown and social distancing restrictions.  

“It also gave us ideas of how we might possibly be able to help people and groups closer to home, within our own borough. It was a very enjoyable event and a win-win for all concerned.”

Jack Mungovan, from Community Connections Life, said: “The generosity of spirit afforded to us by the Mayor and Mayoress accomplished instantly what we spend our entire careers attempting to accomplish; a dignified acceptance of who they are and the inherent edification that comes with it.  

“We hope everyone in the borough gets to see the kindness and humanness Councillor Story bestowed upon us and the benign change we feel he will bring to the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.” 

Terri Headington, also from the organisation, added: “It was a delight to bring everyone together on The Happy Chat Show. It was a huge success. 

“We all had a wonderful time and we are pleased to have made new friends across the pond. Mencap in Windsor and Maidenhead are both welcome to join in any future shows we may have.”

Mr Jost said: “This Zoom meeting shows how beneficial technology can be during lockdown. Over 50 people took part and it was fascinating to hear how disabled people in New York are coping with the COVID-19 restrictions.  

“Everyone was delighted to meet the Mayor and Mayoress and hear more about their roles in the borough and they were particularly impressed when they saw the chains of office and the Mayor’s ceremonial robe. 

“It showed that if you have a learning disability it doesn’t matter where you live. You have the same challenges, enjoy being with friends and benefit from innovative and friendly support.”

If you would like the Mayor to attend a virtual function you may be hosting, or if you would like to learn more about the mayoralty, please contact the Mayor’s secretary for further details. Call 07866 127222 or email alison.singleton@rbwm.gov.uk