The Mayor along with a charities committee, fund raise by holding events and through the generosity of donations. At the end of the Mayoral year, funds are divided between the chosen charities and used for these in need in and around the city of Peterborough.
For 2020-21, The Mayor, Councillor Stephen Lane has chosen the following three charities:
The Light Project
Light Project Peterborough has been serving those in need in Peterborough since 2009. The charity enables and equips churches and communities to heal the broken hearted, set free the oppressed and bring good news to the poor.
The Garden House is the centre of activities where those who are homeless are supported by different organisations to progress.
Other teams from the charity include floating support in the community, chaplaincy, and volunteer support.
Light Project Peterborough is in place to serve the city with projects where there are gaps in provision, but also leads activities to encourage others to work together to help those in need.
Family Voice are a local registered charitable incorporated organisation who are actively seeking to improve services in all areas of the lives of children and young people with disabilities or additional needs aged 0-25 years, their parent carers, families and the wider community especially carers and seldom heard groups.
Family Voice are the designated Department for Education (DfE) parent/carer forum for Peterborough and are unique in that they offer with regard to provision for parents, carers, children and young people, and in how they work in engaging and facilitating co-production with key strategic forums through the commissioning of services.
Family Voice are all parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities /additional needs or have significant relevant knowledge of this area. Family Voice have a committee of Trustees supported by a Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, but their greatest assets are the open forum group of parents and carers who are fundamental to our purpose and the growing number of contacts within the wider community especially seldom heard group leads.
As Family Voice is an umbrella organisation, they are also able to support other charitable organisations in terms of fundraising, information, advice and co-production.
As a charity, the parent carer forum for Peterborough and a community centre manager, Family Voice aspire to be the first port of call when; a diagnosis has been made of a child with a disability, additional need or life long illness; a safe place for seldom heard groups to come together when needed to receive information, advice and signposting and the provider of support via other groups and organisations via our community provision. Family Voice would also aim to offer parent/carers more opportunities to get involved, not only improving services but also in more activities within their communities, so that they don’t feel isolated. Family Voice would also aim to broaden participation opportunities out to the wider community.
Family Voice are the strategic lead in parent carer participation across all sectors involving education, health and social care. As the charity is pan disability, they want to expand on working with other organisations who work primarily with families who have children of a specific disability or additional need. Family Voice also want to expand on the work they do within the wider community with a specific focus on seldom heard groups to enable identification of those who are caring for children with disabilities and needs and gain trust to facilitate wider participation in service development.
Supporting Peterborough Veterans
Supporting Peterborough Veterans' main objective is that we are here to support the wellbeing of our serving personnel, veterans, reservists and their families in anyway the committee feel would be beneficial to their well-being and quality of life. This would typically include providing educational and recreational trips to various locations that have a military background or theme.