Resource centre to be named in memory of Jo Cox

BATLEY Resource Centre will be re-named in memory of the late Jo Cox MP.

The unveiling of the new name, Jo Cox House, is set to take place at the Market Place building on Thursday (April 27, 12.30pm).

By re-naming the centre, officials say they hope to support Jo’s legacy to reduce loneliness in society.

A spokesperson for the centre said: “We joined Jo at a variety of events prior to her death and were impressed by her passion to reduce the impact of loneliness on individuals through simple and practical measures.

“More than a fifth of the British population privately admit they are ‘always or often lonely’. We believe there is much in common between the work of Batley Resource Centre and the values espoused by Jo.

“We feel it is fitting now to enshrine her values with those of the centre by this re-naming and that this will allow her spirit to continue to live on and guide our community as it moves forward with confidence.”

The building currently houses some important services and programmes, including Yorkshire Rose Talking Therapies, which supports people with depression, anxiety, stress and related illnesses.

Other services and programmes include the New Beginnings Study Programme and REAL Employment, which supports adults with learning difficulties into work. The centre’s spokesperson added: “Jo Cox championed many causes, including tackling the issues making life more difficult for those of senior years and in particular the increasing problem of loneliness in our society.

“She was an idealist, believing in the ability of politics to deliver real progress. She showed us how to celebrate our differences and work together to encourage tolerance and a growing sense of community.”

The ‘More In Common’ community group, which is led by Jo’s sister Kim Leadbeater, also has its home address in the centre.

Jo and Kim’s parents have endorsed the re-naming and said they would be delighted to attend the event.


Jo plaque unveiling postponed

A MEMORIAL plaque for murdered MP Jo Cox is to be unveiled in the House of Commons after the General Election.

The plaque will feature a coat of arms that her children Cuillin, aged six, and Lejla, four, helped create.

The design features the motto “More in Common”, inspired by Mrs Cox’s maiden Commons speech in 2015.

It was due to be unveiled on May 20 as part of a “family day” in Parliament but has been postponed until after the election.

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