Barca-Leeds Great Get Together

Our event will form part of The Great Get Together to mark the birthday of murdered MP, Jo Cox.


As part of The Great Get Together weekend on June 22-24, we are pleased to confirm that Barca-Leeds will be holding:

Great Get Together afternoon tea at The Woodlands Hotel,
79 Gelderd Road, Gildersome, Leeds, LS27 7LY at 2 p.m.

The first Great Get Together was held last year on the anniversary of Jo’s murder. This year her family have decided to move the celebrations to the weekend of what would have been her 44th birthday.


Barca-Leeds is a community based charity delivering transformational services to adults, children, young people and families in Leeds, bringing people and services together to better respond to the needs of each individual. We work with a range of partner organisations, both voluntary and statutory, to deliver a community offer which reduces social isolation and supports people to develop their own initiatives to achieve independence.

Mark Law (MBE), Chief Executive Officer of Barca-Leeds said:

“We are extremely proud to be bringing our staff teams together for an afternoon tea to celebrate The Great Get Together in memory of Jo Cox. Jo was an inspiration for us and her legacy continues to influence the work we do. We are extremely pleased to report that Jo’s sister Kim Leadbeater will be attending to discuss the importance of continuing Jo’s work and in addition to this, we are also privileged to be joined by The Lord Mayor who will be closing our event”.

Jo Cox’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, said:

“Jo loved a celebration and, speaking as a proud Yorkshire lass, nobody can rival us for the best parties, but there are so many wonderful events planned for the end of June that I wish I could get to all of them. Britain is once again coming together to show our country at its best. Whether it’s the big community gatherings or the dozens of smaller events, including boat races, musical extravaganzas and street parties, this will be a weekend to remember.

““I’m touched by how many people say they remember my sister’s words in Parliament when she said we have more in common than that which divides us. On June 22-24 we can prove her right and help continue the work she started.

“I’m sure Barca-Leeds Great Get Together will be a huge success and I hope everybody who gets involved has an amazing time”

For further information please contact:

Mark Law (MBE), Chief Executive Officer

Tel: 0113 2209035,

The Great Get Together

The 2018 Great Get Together builds on the success of last year when over 120,000 events, large and small, took place across the UK to mark the first anniversary of the murder of Jo Cox MP. At the request of her parents and sister, Kim Leadbeater, the occasion has been moved to what would have been Jo’s birthday weekend, June 22- 24. The popular mix of streets parties, BBQs and picnics will be supplemented with sporting events and occasions to bridge community divisions and make new connections. All of them are inspired by Jo’s first speech to parliament when she said “we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us”. Once again the Great Get Together has teamed up with an exciting team of partners including the FA, Women’s Institute, NCVO, the Scouts, Girl Guiding, Royal British Legion, RSPB, The Challenge, Airbnb, Tesco and many more.

The Jo Cox Foundation

Jo Cox’s life was marked by her compassion and by her passion. She worked tirelessly for a fairer, kinder and more tolerant world. And she believed passionately that even the greatest challenges could be overcome. Jo was murdered on the 16th June 2016 in the place she loved – Batley and Spen – doing the work she loved, as an MP on behalf of her constituents. The Jo Cox Foundation has been established to support her friends, family and colleagues in their efforts to continue her work and to highlight the issues she cared about so deeply. Led by her example, we are restless for change. Just as she did, we believe in working together with individuals and organisations that share the commitment to a fairer, kinder more tolerant world.


Press release: Barca-Leeds – Winners of the Yorkshire Medical Chambers Annual Charity Award 2017

Barca-Leeds are delighted to be the winner and first recipient of the Yorkshire Medical Chambers Annual Charity Award.

The Yorkshire Medical Chambers is a federation of doctors and health care professionals who provide essential support for medical practices across the Yorkshire region.

This award is a reflection of the quality and diverse work Barca-Leeds undertakes especially in relation to improving health outcomes. Barca-Leeds deliver the West Leeds PEP (Patient Empowerment Project) working with GP practices and it also delivers services in relation to Cancer Prevention and improving health and well-being.

Barca-Leeds is also a partner within the Forward Leeds service which provides comprehensive treatment services for Drug and Alcohol issues.

Barca-Leeds’ contribution to the partnership is the provision of alcohol treatment services within GP practices and family support services for those within treatment and early intervention and prevention services throughout the city.

Mark Law, MBE and Chief Executive Officer, Barca-Leeds quote:

“We are delighted to be the recipient of this award and would like to thank Yorkshire Medical Chambers for this expression of confidence in our services. Yorkshire Medical Chambers is a GP lead service and we are particularly honoured to be chosen as their charity of the year”.

Dr Sue Elton, GP, member of the Yorkshire Medical Chambers and a former trustee of Barca-Leeds quote:

“I am absolutely delighted that my colleagues have chosen Barca-Leeds to receive the Annual Charity Award. I have seen first-hand the impact of their work from the patients that I have treated and I am in admiration for the services they provide. The work Barca-Leeds does and has done for decades, makes a difference to the whole community, both now and for future generations. It is a truly holistic approach to community that is an inspiration to us all.”

Hester Dunlop, GP and Yorkshire Medical Chambers Clinical Lead: quote

“Yorkshire Medical Chambers is a federation of self-employed locum GP’s formed in 2010 who choose to organise their work together because of the benefits that brings them in terms of administrative support, peer support and accountability, access to different practices and education . We felt Barca ‘s local and committed approach to the community reflected the same values that we all value in primary care .”


Alcohol and Families

Alcohol Awareness Week 13-19th November

Between the 13th – 19th November is Alcohol Awareness Week 2017 and Barca Leeds will be using this as an opportunity to have conversations around harmful drinking and how this can have an affect on family life.

To raise awareness around Alcohol Awareness week we will be: 

  • Displaying information around alcohol use and parenting; drinking guidelines; information for family members and how and where to access support.
  • Delivering ‘Alcohol Awareness’ Sessions with children and young people.
  • Promoting Barca’s Family Services that support families affected by alcohol use.
  • Providing two weekly drop ins for young people aged 13-19yrs who require confidential advice and guidance (these will take place on Monday 13th November 4:00-5:30 and Sunday 19th November 12:00-2:00 at Barca Leeds, 259 Upper Town Street, Bramley, Leeds LS13 3JT).

Forward Leeds Drug and Alcohol Service will also be providing support across Leeds around alcohol use and the impact on children. For more information on these sessions please see


Useful Resources to download:

Alcohol Awareness Pack

Alcohol and Families Leaflet

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