Great Get Together 2020 

Over the past four years communities up and down the country have come together to celebrate the life of Jo Cox MP, and we’ve run hundreds of events together with community groups, with people around the country showing that we have more in common. 

Thanks to everyone who joined us for this years Great Get Together weekend.This year’s Great Get Together was different from previous years. Although we weren't able to get together, we did come together both offline and online to celebrate.

So, what did we do? 

Something for your street

For all that we’ve all been struggling through the pandemic, sadly, there’s always someone worse off than us, and that’s why we organised socially-distanced street foodbank collections. For those who created street WhatsApp group recently, this was a perfect opportunity to get it to use. We created a postcard that was handed over to neighbours, for them to leave one non-perishable food item on their doorstep to be collected for their local foodbanks. 

  

Something digital

Have you been worried to see good friends or family taken in by or sharing misinformation during the pandemic? During the Great Get Together weekend we encouraged people to share some positive digital content to help slow the rising tide of misinformation we seem to have been flooded with. Click the button below to see the graphics we've created for the weekend and feel free to share and reuse them in your communities. Let's continue to make some positive digital noise! 

See the social media graphics

Get together with our team

On the Saturday morning of the Great Get Together weekend, we hosted a live webinar featuring our Senior Researcher Dr Joe Mulhall and our Activism Officer Afrida Chowdhury. Joe explored the Far Right response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and more recently, to the Black Lives Matter protests. We looked at conspiracy theories, the impacted groups who are particularly vulnerable right now, and what we can all do as we look ahead to a post-pandemic world. The webinar was a huge success with over 250 people joining in, making it the largest HOPE not hate Charitable Trust event by far! If you missed the webinar you can listen to it on a Podcast version here on Spotify, or alternatively find your preferred Podcast platform here.

On the back of the weekend, we had plenty of people contacting us wanting to engage in our local groups and national networks. If you are more interested in our work please do not hesitate to contact [email protected]

Many thanks again for those of you who joined us in this year's Great Get Together weekend and we hope we are able to come back together under more normal circumstances next year! 

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