In December 2018 preparations began for the second year of The Great Christmas Get Together, otherwise known as #MincePieMoments.
Just like our summer celebrations, during December we are working to build stronger communities by bringing people together. We have a particular interest in loneliness, which we know is a big issue for many people at this time of year.
As with everything we do, this is inspired by the work that Jo Cox did during her life. You can read more about Jo’s work on loneliness here.
Bringing #MincePieMoments to Parliament
Even during what must have been one of the busiest times for MPs, we were really glad to see many of them make time to learn more about The Great Get Together and share #MincePieMoments together at our reception at Parliament.
Attendees included Mims Davies, the minister now in charge of tackling the loneliness crisis.
Read some of the media coverage here.
Free Mince Pies
Thanks to our friends at The Cook Kitchen we were able to send out 800 delicious mince pies to help organisers across the country bring people together.
Get Togethers Everywhere
Over 20,000 people took part in The Great Christmas Get Together in 2018, whether it was through our Christmas Calendar or through sharing Mince Pie Moments in their communities.
Christmas is a time when – whether it’s through what’s on the TV,
Fortunately, it’s a time when there are many opportunities to connect with your community. We shared many of these over the course of December in our Christmas Calendar.
Mince Pie Moments
Hundreds of Mince Pie Moments took place all over the country, with over 20,000 people takening part.
People shared everything from community lunches to individual neighbourly meet-ups with us on our social media and email.
Here are some of our favourites.
We love this Santa Tug’o’war in Bournemouth and this floodlit nativity scene inside an old glass kiln in Catcliffe, shared with us by Kelly and Pete in our Organisers Facebook Group.
Mince Pie Moments will be back next year, but in the meantime you can find out other ways of getting involved with The Great Get Together here.