Great Get Together celebrates power of community

This year’s Great Get Together is taking place over the weekend of 19-21 June and will celebrate the power of community.

The campaign – inspired by the life and philosophy of MP Jo Cox, who was killed on the 16th of June 2016 – is doing that by asking people to consider organising something in their street or neighbourhood, like have a cuppa over the hedge with a neighbour or a socially-distanced sing-a-long in their street, or it could be something online or on the phone.

Iain Gray MSP said:

“The power of community is a very apt theme for this year’s Great Get Together. East Lothian has certainly experienced the immense power of community during the pandemic as people have volunteered and come together to help neighbours through the emergency.

“Jo Cox’s belief that we have more in common than that which divides us has really been demonstrated during the Covid-19 crisis. This year’s Great Get Together weekend is another chance to extend the closeness and togetherness of our communities and celebrate their power to foster unity and compassion.”

In her first speech to Parliament, Jo Cox said, We have more in common than that which divides us. The Great Get Together asks people across the country to embrace Jo’s words and celebrate the belief that community makes us. 

Jo’s family and friends first organised the Great Get Together in 2017, and since then they have seen millions of people across the country take part in thousands of events.

Find out more about how to get involved in this year’s Great Get Together at

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