Party: Labour Party
Ward: Beeston West
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Councillor Janet Patrick was elected to the Council in 2011. She spent her childhood in Wales, went to secondary school in Birmingham and graduated in Social Science from Hull University with a BA (Hons) and a year later with a PGCE from London University.
After her marriage Janet lived for five years in Nigeria and New Guinea, where she and her husband brought up four sons. In 1990 they went to Pakistan for three years, and then to Malawi for nine years where she taught in an International School. Returning to Beeston in 2002 she continued he teaching career as a special needs teacher at Oakfield School.
Janet has always enjoyed being part of the community in Beeston. She opened the Oxfam shop in 1976, was a founding member of Voluntary Action Broxtowe and then a voluntary worker for the CAB in Beeston for ten years. She continues to be a trustee of the Broxtowe Citizens Advice after representing the Council there from 2011 to 2015. Recently she was appointed a governor at John Clifford Primary School.
She is a Methodist local preacher and a member of Beeston Methodist Church. She enjoys gardening and the Patricks have been on the Beeston and Chilwell Garden Trail for many years. Janet maintains her love for travelling and returns to countries she has lived in, especially Malawi.
When the Borough Council became a Dementia Friendly Community in 2014, Janet with others started a Memory Café for people with dementia. It now opens weekly with around fifty people attending, including careers and volunteers. It is a registered charity (# 1169865: www.beestonmemorycafe.com) which provides social activities, a friendly atmosphere and an opportunity to meet new people.
In 2014 Janet led a campaign to welcome Syrian Refugees to Broxtowe under the Government Resettlement Scheme and now there are seven refugee families living locally. She is also a member of the Broxtowe Steering Group for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
She is currently a member of the Licensing & Appeals, Alcohol & Entertainments, Housing Performance and Local Joint Consultative Committees. With her fellow Councillor Greg Marshall, Janet produces a local leaflet three times a year 'Working hard for Beeston West'. They hold monthly surgeries in Beeston Library on the first Saturday of each month and organize Community Action Team [CAT] meetings three times a year. Janet represents residents in planning issues and has ongoing casework.
She says: "It has been a privilege to be part of Beeston during these exciting times. We have a developing town centre and a busy tram line. Beeston is a vibrant community with poets, pubs, Oxjam and a network of local voluntary organizations. In my ninth year as a Councillor I am as enthusiastic as I was at the beginning. This year I am the Deputy Mayor and next year I hope to have the honour of serving the people of Broxtowe as the Mayor.”