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Join the Great Get Together this weekend

Tuesday 18th June 2019

Get Out Get Active (GOGA) partners are delighted to be involved with The Great Get Together from 21 – 23 June. The programme, funded by Spirit of 2012, will host a range of activities across the country, encouraging more people across the country to get together.

The Jo Cox Foundation in memory of the late MP’s belief that ‘we all have more in common than that which divides us’ established the Great Get Together. It seeks to bridge division and remind communities of how much they have in common by staging a series of picnics, events and meetups.

The Great Get Together is now one of the UK’s biggest and most successful charitable projects, honouring Jo Cox by showcasing the values she championed.

Since its launch in 2017, which has seen over a hundred thousand get togethers and almost a million people taking part, it has become a powerful symbol of national unity and community.

This weekend, GOGA partners are joining in. GOGA is an exciting programme that supports disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together. With support from Spirit of 2012, all partners are focused on getting some of the UK’s least active people moving.

All involved in GOGA believe in building happier, healthier, more active communities. The activities are about having fun, making friends and feeling included.

The 2019 Great Get Together theme is ‘Let’s Get Back Together’. It’s a chance for people across the country to reconnect with old friends, families, communities and groups, and comes at a time when it’s needed most of all. Studies have repeatedly shown that Britain is more divided today than at any time since Jo’s death.

Spirit of 2012 was delighted to award £20,000 to the Jo Cox Foundation, which it has matched with a further fund to support its portfolio of projects to hold Great Get Together events. The idea is to develop a framework for storytelling that will empower local organisers to tell their own unique stories.

“Get Out Get Active partners and our funders, Spirit of 2012, are really proud to be involved in the Great Get Together. This weekend enables us to bring more people together in their communities to find activities that are appealing, accessible, fun and inclusive. We hope those who come along to activities, will continue to take part and feel the social, physical and mental health benefits long-term.”

Kat Southwell, Head of Programmes for Activity Alliance and managing GOGA

Among the GOGA Get Togethers this weekend will be:

  • A great walk in the park takes place at the Beveridge Park in Kirkcaldy, Scotland on Friday 21 June from 10.30 – 12.00pm. GOGA Fife coaches will lead the Big Warm Up and peer mentors and volunteers will lead the walk around the beautiful Beveridge Park, followed by tea and cake at the Kirkcaldy Rugby Club.
  • Rochdale marks the occasion on Friday 21 June between 10am until 2pm, with some exciting cycling sessions at The Bowlee Sports Centre in Manchester.
  • GOGA Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon in Northern Ireland will be celebrating through a Tai Chi and Tea session at Banbridge Leisure centre from 12 noon until 2pm on Friday 21 June.
  • On Saturday 22 June at Lister Park from 11:30am until 2pm, GOGA Bradford is putting on a range of activities such as Parkrun, cycling and Tai Chi followed by celebrations.
  • Between 11am and 3pm on Sunday 23 June, GOGA Thanet celebrates through their Wheelability summer open day at Minnis Bay in

In the GOGA spirit, you can download our branded bunting, chat mat or colouring fun activity.

Contact the Get Out Get Active team to find out how you can get involved. Email goga@activityalliance.org.uk or call 01509 227750.

Find out more about Get Out Get Active here.

In other news: A Shared Passion Helping Disabled Riders

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