Living through the Pandemic: voices from Yorkshire
|The Jo Cox Foundation in Batley and Spen is launching a new conversation project to understand the issues local people are facing because of the pandemic. The ‘Community Makes Us’ project will invite people from across Batley and Spen to get involved and share their experiences whilst meeting others from across the area in a series of online conversations.|
The project is being launched with a unique webinar: Living through the Pandemic: Voices from Yorkshire.
The webinar will be chaired by Kim Leadbeater, Jo Cox’s Sister and Ambassador for The Jo Cox Foundation who will ask a panel of local figures to share their experiences of the pandemic and lockdown. There will be an opportunity to put questions to the panel and they will be invited to share their ideas for strategies and solutions to help support people across the local area in the coming months. We are delighted to introduce our panel guests for the event:
Mark Burns-Williamson - West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner
Dean Hoyle - Founder and former owner of Card Factory, ex Chairman of Huddersfield Town Football Club, Chairman of The Works & Trustee of Leeds Cares
Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford OBE - Crossbench Peer, Chair of Social Work England, President of the Royal Society for Public Health and former social worker
Rachel Spencer-Henshall - Strategic Director of Public Health, Corporate Strategy and Commissioning for Kirklees Council
2020 Head Girl from Heckmondwike Grammar School
Since March, the local Jo Cox Foundation team has been working closely with Kirklees Council, Third Sector leaders and a number of mutual aid groups to support people in need across Batley and Spen. As we all face continued restrictions and the change of seasons, we believe that alongside providing practical support one of the most important ways to help people is to provide opportunities for them to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences of recent months and work together to produce solutions and strategies from which we can all benefit.
At a national level The Jo Cox Foundation formed the Connection Coalition in March, as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic - a cross-sector network of over 600 organisations, charities, companies and groups united in our belief that we can build a better future for everyone by building strong relationships and connected communities.