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Inspired by Jo Cox MP, the Great Get Together brings together communities to celebrate what unites us, to bridge divides and to tackle loneliness.

Each summer hundreds of Great Get Together events across the UK take place on the weekend closest to Jo’s birthday - which will be 23-26 June in 2023 - for communities to celebrate her message that we have more in common than that which divides us.

The Great Winter Get Together takes place in the final weeks of January (16-29 January 2023). Through events and activities, Great Winter Get Togethers demonstrate the power of meaningful connection to reduce loneliness in all age groups, which was an issue of great importance to Jo.

During the summer and winter Great Get Togethers, people come together in parks, on streets, at allotments or in community centres to make connections with those from different backgrounds and bring Jo’s words - ‘we have more in common than that which divides us’ - to life.

 

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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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  • As well as the celebration in June, the Great Winter Get Together takes place every January with events where people can connect and alleviate loneliness in the winter months. Stay up to date by joining our mailing list, we'd love to keep in touch.

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