The third year of The Great Get Together signals a change from an annual event to a year-round movement powered by thousands of people in their
We saw people using the opportunity to tackle local issues from
A Growing Movement
The number of people who took part more than doubled from last year with around 720,000 people taking part in more than 11,000 events.
Celebrations took place in every corner of the country, stretching from Orkney to Jersey and from Lowestoft to Derry-Londonderry. We held special launch events across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland which inspired even more people to get involved.
Uniting the Country
We were pretty happy with the results!
– 71% of those surveyed said The Great Get Together helped unite their community
– 51% of attendees said that they met someone new
– 71% told us that The Great Get Together helped them feel less lonely
– 66% felt more hopeful about the future
A Nationwide Community
The Great Get Together just wouldn’t happen without the thousands of volunteers from every part of the country, who every year step up to bring their communities together.
And this nationwide community is growing every year
– More than
This year, we focused on helping these amazing people with more training and event support than ever before:
Organiser Training Day
More than 60 of our most engaged organisers were invited to a full day of learning and knowledge-sharing at Facebook’s headquarters.
Attendees shared best practices, learned how to host more impactful events, and received coaching on how to tell their personal stories.
Our free event packs – which include bunting, invitations and posters – are the most requested resource and this year we produced 1,600: doubling the previous year’s amount.
We also created an in-depth Organiser Toolkit that provides guidance on increasing the diversity of events and planning
Our community organisers weren’t the only ones making new connections.
We partnered up with a whole host of new organisations to help us reach more and more people.
– Breaking Boundaries and the Youth Sport Trust who empower youth organisers to unite their communities through cricket.
– The Women’s Institute (WI) collaborated with us on a digital toolkit, which included gingham craft activities, that helped their membership get involved in The Great Get Together on a national scale.
– The Royal British Legion helped their membership combat loneliness and reach out beyond their own communities through The Great Get Together.
This is on top of our existing partners, who hosted a range of fantastic events over the Great Get Together weekend.
Spreading the More in Common Message
People didn’t have to attend The Great Get Together to receive our ‘more in common’ message.
Traditional and digital media helped us reach even more people between our launch in April and the weekend in June:
– 33 million unique social media users reached
– 59.4 million impressions earned
– 636 print, online, and broadcast pieces published
– 80% of coverage came from regional media
– 18% increase in social media conversation over the previous year
– 43% increase in media coverage over the previous year
A poll conducted by Populus after the campaign weekend confirmed that our message was reaching far and wide:
– 83% of people said they felt positive about The Great Get Together
– 71% said ‘It helped unite the community’
The Best Bits!
And it’s not just the numbers that tell the story. Read more about the best bits below.
We are a very diverse street and it was great to sit, eat and hear each– Wendy from Newcastle upon Tyne
othersstories. It was so great to share food and be a welcoming community.
My highlight was a neighbour in his 80s, whose wife has recently gone into a nursing home. He eventually left us after– Fiona from Stockport
11pm. What a success! We have invited him to start watching our sons play football as we can collect him, provide a chair, and take him home again afterwards. All the community vowed to do more for David.
There was genuine new conversations and communications between people divided by a river and in two very different parts of Leeds.– Martin from Leeds
Ladywood has received a lot of adverse press recently, due to a horrific street murder. We countered this with a Great Get Together street party attended by over 350 multi-racial people. It was amazing to see a millionaire having a cuppa with a homeless refugee, Muslims talking with Jews, Sikhs talking with Hindus, and young talking with– Andrew from Birmingham
There was a real sense of people helping bring communities together. A Muslim gentleman from Eccles came after seeing it on Facebook, and brought along an Albanian family.– Laura from Widnes
A young lad came in and was asked if he would like to come and join us and he declined. A little later he came back and said he had changed his mind and asked if it was too late. He sat and chatted with one of our library friends and actually needed help so we have been able to put him in touch with an organisation that can help.– Helen from Norfolk
Our event was in the library and we had a small group with two vulnerable people in it. One had had severe anxiety, but by the end of the– Seth from Lydney
sessionshe was chatting away.
And we’re not done yet!
Oh no! And we want you to join us.
The Great Get Together will take place again on 19-21 June 2020 and we’ll also be holding Mince Pie Moments this Christmas.
Whether you want to get together all year round or take part in our Christmas or Summer event weekends you can sign-up here to hear all about it here.