great get together

Communities urged to join the Great Get Together in DG

This June communities up and down the country will come together on the anniversary of Jo Cox’s murder to celebrate everything we have in common, by holding street parties and other community events.

A week after MP Jo’s murder in 2016, thousands of people came together in towns and cities across the UK to celebrate her life and her belief that we have more in common than that which divides us.

An extremist act designed to tear the country apart had helped bring people and their communities closer together.

And so it was that the idea for the Great Get Together was born.

The Scottish Government is working closely with the Jo Cox Foundation to support promoting the Great Get Together in Scotland this year from June 21-23.

People can get together with neighbours, friends or community to have fun, share food and celebrate all that we have in common.

It could be that street party or a shared barbecue, a picnic or a bake off. What matters is that people have fun and bring communities closer together.

Last year’s events delivered great results:

  • 83 per cent said they met someone new at their Get Together
  • 62 per cent said that before the weekend they didn’t know many of their neighbours or knew none at all
  • 67 per cent said that spending time with their local community and their neighbours was the best part of their Get Together
  • 72 per cent said they felt more positive about their neighbourhood/community following the weekend
  • Breakfast clubs, coffee mornings, street play and freecycle events are just some of the new initiatives that people plan to start up following their experience of participating in the Great Get Together

You can join in on this year’s event by signing up here: www.greatgettogether.org/#joinin

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