Lord Mayor's charity

The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Dave Shields, has chosen three charities to support in his mayoral year. Any monies raised will be given to the charities at the end of his term of office. All charities are local and very relevant for Southampton.

Paintings in Hospitals

Involving the installation of around 25 artworks at the new Shirley Health Partnership site to include large artworks displayed at height, large artworks in key sightlines, large and medium artworks in corridors and waiting areas, as well as specific artworks chosen to benefit identifiable services and departments.

SoCo Music Project

Delivering engaging and inspirational music making activities in Southampton since 2008. The project believes everyone has the right to take part in music making, no matter what their ability, age, background or circumstances. Music is powerful, it has a place in everyone’s life, whether it’s a song that is close to your heart, a process that helps you through challenging times or way to celebrate your talents. SoCo is passionate about changing lives through music. Positive and creative opportunities help people discover something new, learn new skills and nurture their creative potential.

Southampton National Park City Project

The Southampton National Park City Project seeks to:

  • Protect and enhance the biodiversity, ecological, urban cooling and recreational potential of the Itchen, fostering community conservation efforts and engaging with key stakeholders for this internationally important habitat
  • Support nature-based initiatives within disadvantaged communities such as those with less access to green/blue space
  • Support Southampton City Council’s ambitious Green City plan, with a focus on revitalising green corridors and enhancing biodiversity through community engagement
  • Empower local young people to learn about and deliver nature impact projects and increase engagement with opportunities in the New Forest through subsidised and facilitated trips (as a community partner in New Forest National Park Authority’s Youth for Climate and Nature scheme)

Email: lordmayors.office@southampton.gov.uk