The Great Get Together in Honour of Jo Cox

The Great Get Together will be taking place on 17th and 18th June and people across the whole of the country will be getting together to mark the first anniversary of Jo Cox’s murder on 16th June last year.

Working with communities in Cheshire East we are inviting the voluntary, community and faith sector, town and parish councils, schools and groups of neighbours to come together with friends, neighbours and others they don’t yet know for street parties, picnics, barbecues, bake-off competitions, sports competitions and other imaginative ways of uniting us all.  As Jo Cox said: “We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us”.

Cheshire East Council have agreed £15,000 funding to support The Great Get Together with grants of up to £100 available for communities to cover the cost of holding an event.

Cheshire East Council has previously supported street parties for both The Queen’s Jubilee and Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations which collectively saw 325 street parties and other events held within our Borough.  It is anticipated that The Great Get Together will be even bigger than these events.  We know from these previous events that people have met neighbours they never knew before, brought people into communities who were previously lonely or didn’t feel connected, and bonded communities to make them stronger. The Great Get Together can continue to build on this.

To help promote the event and encourage all communities to get involved we would be really grateful if you could consider adding the attached poster to your noticeboards and pass on through your networks to enable as many people as possible to be able to apply for the funding, helping to make the Great Get Together the country’s largest street party event ever.  If you would like a printed copy of the poster please get in touch using the contact details below.

With Regards

Liz Wilson
Community Resilience Officer
Partnerships & Communities | People Directorate

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