The weekend of the Great Get Together is finally here - up and down the country, there are thousands of events happening, from cricket matches in the park to street parties for the entire neighbourhood. Over the past few weeks, Near Neighbours has been giving out small grants to organisations and local groups who are hosting a Great Get Together which focuses on bringing people from different faiths and backgrounds together.

We wanted to draw your attention to a few specific events which we’ve funded that we think embody the spirit of the Great Get Together. They’re fun, inclusive, and provide a brilliant opportunity for people who might not otherwise meet to get to know one another better. If you’re still looking for some last-minute ideas for your event, these might provide a little inspiration!

All Saints CE Primary School in Bradford will be working with All Saints Parish Church to organise a Great Get Together for their local community. They will have a range of activities, including a talent show, a performance from the school choir, a circus street show, time for reflection, and a reflection tree. All Saints will partner with the local police and fire service. There will be participants from all areas of school life and include Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh faith groups. We love this project for helping communicate with young children the importance of strong communities!

Birmingham Cathedral are getting crafty and asking people to make a peace dove, and hang it on a tree in celebration of Jo Cox’s life. Guests can also sign a world map, and meet new people. The cathedral is partnering with Hope Not Hate, the local mosque, local schools, and the local council to make this event a huge success and an opportunity to enjoy all that the Birmingham community have in common.

House of Play and Education in Acocks Green are organising a Great Get Together with a specific focus on dads of young children with autism. These fathers often find it difficult to spend time with their children and to socialise with others – so House of Play and Education are doing something about it. There will be food and team challenges, with plenty of opportunities for the dads to meet others in similar situations. The event is in partnership with the Hay Mills Congregational Church, and participants come from a wide variety of faith and ethnic groups.

Below, we’ve listed all the Great Get Together events that we have funded. If you’re near to one, why not go along?

 

Near Neighbours supported Great Get Togethers

The Real Junk Food Project, in Birmingham is organising a Great Get Together with food, entertainment and sport

Walsall Womens Forum in Lichfield, are holding a Great Get Together Iftar                                 

Warley Baptist Church in Birmingham will be holding a Great Get Together with craft and a picnic                                       

Bearwood Great Get Together in Sandwell are having a picnic for their community in a local park                                              

Friends of Grange Park, Dudley will be enjoying a picnic, live music and a treasure hunt   

Nechells Pod CIC, in Birmingham will be having a community picnic & games as well as sharing stories    

Leicester Cathedral will host a picnic and live music in their gardens

Leicester Progressive Jewish Congregation will have food and kids activities for their Great Get Together                                        

St John on Bethnal Green, in East London will be celebrating with food, live music and games                                                  

Parliamentors Alumni Committee are hosting and interfaith iftar in Northwest London

Handsworth Wood Youth Group in Birmingham are having a community iftar                                                        

More in Common Batley and Spen are hosting a series of events throughout the Great Get Together weekend  

St Peter's Church, Birmingham, are holding an iftar, and have invited Syrian refugees and local faith leaders                                                    

Beap Community Partnership, are hosting a community iftar in Bradford Cathedral, as well as a mosque tour and walk                                

Ort Gallery, in Birmingham are building community with games

Migrant Empowerment Group, in Wolverhampton, will be enjoying games, street art and food

Islamic Society of Britain, Leicester Branch are organising a food collection for Fareshare East Midlands

Bimingham Polish Expats Association, will be having live music, art, crafts market, and food stalls

Highbury Orchard Community CIC, In Birmingham have an afternoon of picnics and group activities to enjoy