A Little Bit of Heaven on Earth in Batley

As part of the celebration on the life and work of Jo Cox a group of volunteers in Batley organised a local Hope not Hate event at Upper Batley School. Many local organisations and different sections of the community turned out to demonstrate that we have more in common.

I found it a truly moving afternoon with so many people smiling and getting on together, in a way it felt like a little bit of heaven on earth.

The event provided a relaxed opportunity for me to connect with some of the people I had only spoken to on the phone and to make additional local contacts.

Several organisations were particularly interested in the Men’s Sheds Project including:  The Royal Voluntary Service  Dementia Friends and Locala.

Macmillan were also present and handed out cancer awareness leaflets, including a useful one for men ‘Man Up Check Up’ and I will be recommending that sheds have a pile of these. To see the Man Up Check Up video, click HERE

Roger Knight the Chairman of the Friends of Oakwell Hall & Country Park also provided  some useful insights and practical advice about developing the project and I am pleased to say that our strategy of getting a core team together and allowing each project to evolve organically was endorsed.

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