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Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council

Graham Warke was co-opted as a DUP Councillor on to Derry City & Strabane District Council in 2015, Graham was elected to represent the Faughan area of Derry and Strabane District Council and topped the poll when he was re-elected in 2019.

Graham was Chair of the Derry & Strabane Local Action Group (LAG) and currently sits on the Health and Communities and Business and Culture Committees. Graham also sits on the Bonfire Committee, VISIT Derry, City Centre Initiative and PCSP. 

Graham served in the Royal Irish Regiment for a number of years before working as a youth worker in the Cathedral Youth Club in the Fountain estate

Graham has two children Katelyn and Ollie. Graham enjoys spending time with his family and travelling extensively.

Mayor’s Charity – Foyle Down Syndrome Trust

The Mayor’s chosen charity for his term in office is Foyle Down Syndrome Trust. 

As a unique and user led organisation embedded in the local community, Foyle Down Syndrome Trust support and empower children and young people with Down syndrome from birth to adulthood, to lead full, meaningful and productive lives and to help them reach their full potential, ensuring they take and enjoy their rightful place in community. Foyle Down Syndrome foster a culture of inclusion with a holistic approach to addressing their Members educational, social, personal development and emotional needs, aspirations and goals.

Foyle Down Syndrome Trust was established in 1995 by local parents who believed that more could and should be done to support, nurture and empower children with Down syndrome.

From a small office based in the Waterside their determined Board of Directors consisting of parents, local health and education professionals and inspired by the work of Professor Sue Buckley Downs Ed Ltd, Portsmouth, sought to secure funding to plan and deliver a One to One Home Based Education Programme. This innovative and groundbreaking programme was endorsed by BBC Children in Need and The Big Lottery who provided the necessary funding to get it off the ground. This programme has been Foyle Down Syndrome Trust’s greatest achievement to date and has remained a core element of their service delivery.   

With the further successful securing of grant aid coupled with herculean fundraising efforts by the friends and families of Foyle Down Syndrome Trust, they have been able to secure new premises, increase their membership, enhance service delivery, improve facilities and most importantly further enrich the lives of our children and young people.

Donations can be made to Foyle Down Syndrome Trust via Virgin Money Giving or by contacting the Mayor’s Office on 02871 376508 or email [email protected]