The Great Get Together is an initiative designed to bring communities together which takes place every year on the weekend of Jo Cox’s birthday in June. It is at the heart of our vision for a nation of strong compassionate communities.
The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed on the 16th of June 2016. In her first speech in Parliament, Jo said, ”We have more in common than that which divides us”. Through the Great Get Together, we ask people across the country to embrace Jo’s words and come together each June to hold events that unite their communities. The annual celebration helps unite people while showing the collective power we have as a community.
This year, which marks the 5th anniversary of Jo Cox’s tragic murder, will also be the 5th year of the Great Get Together bringing people together to celebrate Jo Cox’s MoreInCommon message.
18th to 20th June - Bring your community together
The Great Get Together 2020
Faced with the recent challenging times, The Great Get Together 2020 was looking like it would need to be cancelled. However, communities across the U.K. have been so inspiring with their stories of supporting and connecting with each other.
So this year, though we can't get together, we can still connect together. It won't be traditional, but we think it will be fun. We’re asking you to join in celebrating the power of community. That could be something in your street or neighbourhood, like a cuppa over the hedge with your neighbour or a sing-a-long in your street, or it could be something online or on the phone.
Great Get Togethers are as diverse as the people who make them happen and this year is no exception. There is no ‘one size fits all’ but we do ask that all participants adhere to the current social distancing guidelines in the country they are in.
There are loads of ideas on how to connect safely on the website. This will be the fourth time that thousands of people up and down the country have celebrated connection, compassion, and community.
The Great Get Together 2019
In 2019 participation more than doubled compared to the previous year, with an estimated 720,000 people taking part in more than 11,000 events. Celebrations took place in every corner of the country, stretching from Orkney to Jersey and from Lowestoft to Derry- LondonDerry.