Pitmen supporter and HTFCSA committee member Paul Woodhead was elected as a Cannock Chase District Councillor for Hednesford. You will see him around the ground most match days, usually as Pitman Pete and in the Strikers Bar after the game where you can talk to him about any matters or issues of concern.

In these articles I want to bring the role of the councillor alive to you and ensure I am accountable to you as the elected representative for the ward in which the football club resides. I will highlight some of the things I get involved with and the decisions the council makes on your behalf. I will be available after most home games for a general conversation and we can arrange a private discussion should that be appropriate. Alternatively you can contact me by phone on 07930 120077 or by email paul.woodhead@greenparty.org.uk

Last Friday night myself and my colleague Stuart Crabtree joined staff, young people and volunteers from the Black Country YMCA along with people from across the community, about 40 of us in all, to raise the profile of homeless in our community.

Homelessness is a hidden problem in Cannock Chase where those in most need of emergency accommodation are shipped off to the Black Country or Birmingham. This is a problem which is getting worse and we have many neighbours struggling without a home for many, many different reasons. Just because the problem is not visible does not make these people invisible.

Pye Green Christian Centre does excellent work in Cannock Chase working with some of the most forgotten homeless people and our foodbanks. This rough sleep was to help the YMCA.

Previously I was joined by another community activist in December 2015 to support a rough sleep on the streets of Birmingham supporting Wolverhampton Homeless Outreach an organisation which has volunteers on the streets most nights helping those in need.

Whilst one night sleeping rough does not in any way replicate what our fellow men and women go through every day it really does change your perception of the stories behind the problem and we can ALL always do more.

We would appreciate if you could donate to the Black Country YMCA, which also runs the facility in Rugeley, the only such accommodation in our area, amount you can afford through our Virgin Money Giving page http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/CCGPsleepeasy17 Don’t forget to tick the box to reclaim Gift Aid on your donation if you’re a UK tax payer. Virgin Money Giving will pass this on in full to charity, making your donation go even further.