Our Vice-Chair, Kath Reader - Citizen of the Year!
Huge congratulations to Alsager Partneships vice-chair, Kath Reader who was selected by the Rotary Club of Alsager as their 'Citizen of the Year because of all the work that you have done for the community over the past few years' (comment by Ron Tyson Alsager Rotary Club)
Kath was appointed to the Stoke-on-Trent Magistrates Bench in 1987, sitting at Fenton and Newcastle, serving for 27 years. Kath was then a member of the Juvenile / Youth Panel and chaired the panel for three years, becoming Bench Chairman 2007-9. Kath was also a member of the Family Panel. In the early 90s she led the National Townswomens Guilds campaign to get domestic violence considered as a defence to homicide and this led to an invitation to co-deliver Domestic Abuse Awareness sessions to magistrates and court users across Staffordshire.
As a magistrate..
Kath chaired a number of multi-agency groups, organising open days at the courthouses and led community engagement projects for the Courts and Probation Services.
Then on to vice chair of the Staffs Probation Committee and then a board member for 6 years. Kath chaired the Probation Partnership group and sat on a number of Priority Task Groups.
On joing the U3A Kath decided it was time to leave the Bench and was looking for another interest. She was soon on the committee doing publicity and then two years as vice chair, followed by three as chair.
Kath also started the Discussion Group in 2013 and co-organise the Talk Time programme.
Representing the U3A on Alsager Partnership initially, she was then invited on to the Management Team and becoming vice chair. At that time probably the most important thing I’ve ever done was still ahead – leading the Dementia Friendly Community Project for the Partnership.
Gaineing the DFC status in 2017 – being the first in Cheshire East and she havs since been invited to a number of partnerships to talk about how we set it up. All their activities are for people living with dementia and their carers.
In normal times we have a monthly Memory Café and Activities Session, which are currently replaced by zoom sessions offering quizzes, bingo and entertainment. There are now several DFCs locally. We have around 3,500 Dementia Friends in the Alsager area. Alsager Town has been enormously supportive of the project – schools, organisations, council, churches and businesses have made it a real community project.
A pretty amazing CV and we thank you for all of your hard work, a well deserved award was won.