For those of you who don’t know me, I thought I would start by introducing myself. I’m Helen Burton and have been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate in Ratton for the East Sussex County Council elections next year, and as a local resident I am looking forward to becoming a strong voice for our ward.
I am passionate about our Eastbourne community and as a Green Liberal Democrat, a keen environmentalist. I worked for ESCC children’s services and was a foster parent for many years, so I have a good understanding of social issues and am an excellent advocate for Liberal Democrat values. I want to work with our group at County level to improve the system because I know its flaws.
As a foster parent I worked with children, their parents and professionals, often in extremely volatile circumstances. I had to build relationships with each at different levels and my counselling training gave me the skills to do this. In my community work I have supported people with all sorts of mental health and social issues and I have worked hard to ensure they feel listened to and that they get the services they need. I will bring those skills to this role.
The Community Interest Company I founded four years ago, Volunteers Network, publishes the Eastbourne Voice newspaper, runs Pevensey Community Library (which we saved from closure), promotes volunteering, and manages Langney Community Centre. At the beginning of the pandemic we also set up a telephone befriending service to reduce social isolation, which will now become a permanent service to residents of East Sussex. All of our activities aim to make our community stronger, and compliment my work as a councillor.
I have been an Eastbourne Borough councillor for the past year representing the ward I work in, St. Anthony’s, but as a new resident of Ratton I look forward to meeting residents and finding out your views about where we live and what improvements need to be made.
If you would like to get in touch with me to talk about local issues or support my campaign in any way, do get in touch, I look forward to hearing from you.
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