We’re getting together with our neighbours
Together with ‘Looking out for our neighbours’, the campaign to combat loneliness and isolation across West Yorkshire and Harrogate, we’re proud to support The Jo Cox Foundation’s ‘Great Get Together’ taking place from 21 – 23 June 2019.
What is The Great Get Together?
The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed on 16 June 2016. It’s a time to celebrate everything our communities have in common, by getting together and holding street parties and other community events.
Throughout June ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ will be delivering one simple message ‘Get together with your neighbours’. Whether it’s simply saying hello, having a cup of tea or doing something for your neighbour, and the Great Get Together is the perfect reason to connect with those in your neighbourhood and communities.
Kim Leadbeater, sister of the late Jo Cox MP and Ambassador for The Jo Cox Foundation says:
“I feel passionately about creating well-connected communities where everyone is happy and healthy and has a sense of identity and belonging. It’s wonderful to know that some of the connections being made through the ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ campaign can be continued as part of The Great Get Together, which takes place on the weekend of Jo’s birthday in June. I believe if we all work together to prevent loneliness and its associated health risks, we can have a positive impact on the wellbeing of everyone.”
How are you connecting with your neighbours?
Salman, neighbour, Batley, Kirklees:
“I always make time to help others. I live in Batley where I live next door to two elderly neighbours. I always do what I can to help them and make sure they don’t feel isolated or lonely.
Some of the ways I actively do this is by going to their house regularly and making sure they are okay and doing their shopping or just going to have a chat with them.
I also enjoy making a hot meal for them as I know they appreciate the small things. I have realised that it’s the “small things, that make a big difference” as even having a chat with someone or making them smile can make someone’s day. ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ is all about humanity, compassion and showing how we can all contribute towards that.”
Julia, Huddersfield, Kirklees:
“I try my best to look out for my neighbours (as they do me). Having them for Sunday lunch, watering their garden and even baby-sitting! When I saw the campaign Facebook posts it made me think, ‘I’m a good neighbour, but there is still more I can willingly do”.
How can you support?
On the 21st – 23rd June 2019, as part of the Jo Cox Great Get Together, communities up and down the country will be getting together to celebrate kindness, respect and all the things we have in common. If you want to take part, set up your own event, find out more and for tips and resources, visit The Great Get Together. Don’t forget to tag your events #OurNeighbours #MoreInCommon @great_together @kirkleescouncil
It’s not too late to ‘Look out for your neighbour’ either…. The campaign, has inspired hundreds of people to engage in positive action and neighbourly activity across the region. You can download your own helpful neighbour pack or find out more about the ‘Looking out for your neighbour’.
You can also search #OurNeighbours to see the positive difference the campaign is making across the area on social media.