Mayor's Office

Mayor’s Charity

Building Stronger People

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Paul Reid, has chosen to support the work of a number of mental health and addiction groups throughout the Borough during his term in office.

The Mayor’s charitable cause ‘Building Stronger People’ will support the work of the Mid and East Antrim PCSP Drugs and Alcohol Steering Group. Funds will be raised over the year with a variety of events.

The Mayor said, “I’m proud to announce a different way of supporting the great work happening across Mid and East Antrim to tackle drug and alcohol addiction, and to raise awareness of suicide and mental health.

“These issues are extremely important to me and there is a lot of great work happening across Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne which I hope to not only support but promote over my term as Mayor.

“Addiction and mental health problems often go hand in hand and with Northern Ireland having the highest rate of suicide in the UK we need to ensure we do everything we can to promote what help is out there. Our citizens are at the heart of this and we have a duty of care to protect and help those most vulnerable in our society and help them to build a stronger future for themselves and their families.”

The funds will be delivered through the Mid and East Antrim PCSP.

The public can donate to the Mayor’s charity via collection boxes located at Council offices in the Braid in Ballymena, Smiley Buildings in Larne and Carrickfergus Civic Centre.

If you or someone you know is in distress or despair, call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000. The free-phone helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also access the Lifeline website.

The Mayor represents the public face of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, and during the mayoral term, the Mayor takes on a non-political role.

As the figurehead of our Borough, the Mayor represents the people of Mid and East Antrim as our First Citizen. This role also involves promoting charities; voluntary organisations; our business community; and education establishments.

On average, the Mayor’s office receives approximately 400 invitations each year. These include opening events, making presentations, attending functions, as well as hosting receptions and events organised by the Council. The Mayor also receives high profile visitors to the towns of Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne. It has become a long standing tradition for the Mayor to raise money for their chosen local charity. This tradition continues with the nomination of Mayor’s Charity of the Year here at Mid and East Antrim Council.