Below are answers to a lot of commonly asked questions. Got a question that isn’t answered here? Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you asking people to hold the same events as you did in June?
You’re very welcome to host a repeat of the event you did in June, or any other community event that you think will bring people together.
We heard from many people that we should be bringing our communities together more than once a year, and as Christmas is a time when many people feel particularly lonely, we’re suggesting that this is a great moment to get together with someone who might otherwise be feeling alone. See some suggestions for what you might like to do here.
If you would prefer to just get involved with The Great Get Together next summer, then you can sign up for updates here.
How should I share my mince pies?
You can share your mince pies however you like. Pop into a neighbour’s, bring them along to a pre-planned Christmas event or even plan your own. Take a look at some our ideas if you need inspiration.
As long as you’re making connections, or strengthening existing ones, it’s all part of the Great Christmas Get Together.
Don’t forget to share your #MincePieMoments on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
I’m busy from the 24-26 Dec, can I still take part?
Of course! The most important thing is bringing people together, so if the date doesn’t suit you go ahead and choose another date.
Do I need to bake my own mince pies?
Not at all. The important part is the sharing, not where or how the pie was made.
If you do want to have a go at making your own, we have sourced some excellent recipes from some of our favourite celebrity chefs, which you can download here.
I’ve shared my mince pies, how else can I help?
You star! Why not download some materials to help promote #MincePieMoments to your friends, colleagues and neighbours.
You can also find out about lots of brilliant organisations working to combat loneliness this Christmas here and decide if you’d like to get involved in your area.
Can I use #MincePieMoments to fundraise?
#MincePieMoments is about bringing people together, but you’re welcome to use it as a way of fundraising for a good cause too.
Can I combine #MincePieMoments with another event e.g. our local Christmas fete or my work Christmas party?
Please do! We’d encourage you to make the most of any opportunity to share and come together. Why not download our promotional pack to help decorate your event.
I live outside the UK, can I take part in #MincePieMoments?
Yes – of course. You can get all the information online by signing up and asking for a digital pack here.
I'm worried about food hygiene?
Common sense applies. Since you may be sharing your pies with large groups of people, or people you don’t know, we’d encourage you to take extra care storing and preparing them.
If you’re making your pies yourself, make sure you clean and hygienic environment. It might be a good idea to check if the person you’re sharing with has any allergies or dietary considerations too.
Can I take part if I don’t celebrate Christmas?
Absolutely. You might want to share another type of food or gift which means something to you and your community. There’s no right or wrong way to do it, as long as you’re coming together with others.
Should I tell you about my #MincePieMoments
Yes, please! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and once you have made a few plans you can share your story, photos and videos with us using the hashtags #mincepiemoments #greatgettogether or #moreincommon