Today we are sharing the final report from our Moment to Movement project, which came to an end this year after three years of funding from Spirit of 2012.
When The Jo Cox Foundation embarked on the Moment to Movement project in February 2020, we had two main aims. The first was to strengthen and grow the nationwide More in Common Network, and the second was to grow the Great Get Together as a major community-building initiative.
Our overall vision for the projects was for a society of stronger, happier communities where we all have a sense of identity and belonging, and in which we are proud of our diversity and the things we have in common. Since the project began, the UK has faced many unforeseen challenges which have undoubtedly had an impact on the project. The Covid-19 pandemic kept us physically apart to some degree for the first 18 months of the work, and the cost of living crisis has added additional barriers to people getting involved in their communities.
Despite these challenges, we end this phase of the project and this time partnered with Spirit of 2012, confident that we have met those two key aims, and that we have indeed contributed to stronger communities, where people know their neighbours, have deepened their own sense of belonging, built social connections and feel happier and less lonely.
We believe that what we’ve learnt during the process is even more important than explaining what we’ve done, which is why this report is presented as a series of five key learnings from the project. These learnings will continue to influence the work of The Jo Cox Foundation as we continue to evolve this project, and we hope will also be helpful to the wider communities sector and all those who are striving to make their communities stronger and more cohesive.
Spirit of 2012
This project was made possible by the generous support of Spirit of 2012. Spirit of 2012 is the London 2012 Games legacy fund. Spirit awards grants for inclusive arts, sports and volunteering activities in communities that bring people together to improve their wellbeing. The National Lottery Community Fund founded Spirit in 2013 with a £47 million endowment to continue and recreate the spirit of pride, positivity and community that inspired people across the UK during the London 2012 Games.