Following a meeting at the end of September (27th Sept 2017) Baroness Jones of Moulescomb met with CEO & Principal of St. John’s School and College, Mr Simon Charelton, and their Development Officer, Mr Nicholas Cross, to begin a charity Patron partnership.
The new Patron position is a volunteer one designed to help the work of the learning disability charity and educational establishment based in Brighton and Seaford. The role will entail raising awareness of St. John’s, supporting their local events and help them increase their profile in the local community and further afield. It will also involve helping St. John’s to be represented and supported in learning disability issues and discussions going forward both locally and in Parliament.
Baroness Jones has a long and interesting career having been introduced to the House of Lords on 5th November 2013, and elected to represent the Green Party there by Party members. She took her title – Jones of Moulsecoomb – from the council estate she grew up on in Brighton.
She was born in Brighton, the daughter of a hospital cook and a dinner lady. She worked from a young age, starting with mucking out horse stables to get a free horse ride. She married at 20 and had 2 daughters before settling in London in 1991. Over the years she worked as a crafts teacher, a secretary, a book keeper, a shop assistant and an office manager. At age 45 she earnt a BSc (Hons) in Archaeology and spent nearly 10 years working as an archaeologist.
Baroness Jones has held several prominent political roles including: Deputy Mayor of London, Deputy Chair of the London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee, Green Councillor for Southwark Council and Chair of the Green Party of England and Wales. In 2004 she was named as one of 200 ‘women of achievement’ by Buckingham Palace.
The 67 year old politician and activist has strong and passionate views on the EU, the environment, transport and healthy eating- many of which fall within the positive, open and caring ethos adopted at St. John’s.
Mr Charleton said “It’s a great honour to have the support of Jenny who will publicly help our charitable work and raise awareness for what we do. It’s a pleasure to gain the support of a local, influential and dedicated person with their finger on the pulse of Brighton’s issues and who understands our ongoing mission to make the world a better, safer and easily accessible place for our learners.”
Baroness Jones, who made time in her very busy schedule following her attendance Labour Party Conference this week to visit St. John’s college site at the top of Kemptown, said, “I feel very lucky to be able to support such an excellent project in my home town, it is so important to have an inclusive society which benefits all.”
To know more about St. John’s and support their work visit: www.st-johns.co.uk
To know about Baroness Jones’ life and work visit: https://jennyjones.org/