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The Great Get Together was inspired by Jo Cox MP to bring people together to celebrate that we have more in common than that which divides us.

On the weekend closest to Jo’s birthday - which is 24-26 June this year - we’ll bring together communities to celebrate what unites us, to bridge divides and to tackle loneliness.

During the Great Get Together weekend, ordinary people run events that bring those from different backgrounds together around a common cause in their area - this could be anything from tackling loneliness or hate crime, to celebrating cohesion or LGBT+ pride. 

Past Great Get Togethers have taken place in parks, on streets, at allotments, and in community centres. When we bring different people together, Jo’s words - “we have more in common than that which divides us” - come to life.

In partnership with Refugee Week  the theme of the Great Get Together 2022 is welcome. In thousands of events across the country we’ll extend the hand of welcome to others - to our communities and to our lives.

 

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  • The Great Get Together is inspired by the late Jo Cox MP, who was killed on 16th June 2016. In her first speech in Parliament, Jo said: “We have more in common than that which divides us.”

  • The Jo Cox Foundation was established in 2016 by friends and family of the late Jo Cox. The Foundation exists to build a legacy for Jo and to create something positive from the tragedy that was her murder by building stronger communities, working to create a better public life and a fairer world.

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  • A year later and the first Great Get Together was organised where people from across the country came together to embrace Jo’s words and celebrate the belief that community makes us.

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  • The annual celebration helps unite people, bridge divides, and tackle loneliness, while showing the collective power we have as a community.

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  • Since the first Great Get Together in 2017 we have seen millions of people across the country take part in thousands of events to help bridge social divides and bring people closer together.

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  • To achieve this vision, volunteers established a series of regional More in Common networks made up of groups and individuals across the UK who promote Jo's powerful humanitarian message of unity and community.

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  • The public reaction to Jo's death – in Yorkshire, across Britain and around the world – showed that the values she lived by are widely shared. That people continue to respond so positively years after she was killed is testimony to the fact that those values are enduring and unshakeable.

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  • We also invite people to come together throughout the year. You can stay up to date with news and community projects as they happen by signing up to our email updates.

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