Refugee Week is proud to be supporting the Great Get Together, a national celebration inspired by Jo Cox MP on the weekend of 16 – 18 June 2017, that aims to be the biggest display of national unity since the Jubilee parties.
Jo was a champion of refugee rights and believed that we have more in common than divides us. The Great Get Together is an invitation to celebrate this by holding a gathering in your local community – this could be a street party, a game of football, a barbeque or an afternoon tea.
Brendan Cox, Jo’s husband, said: “I am delighted that Refugee Week is partnering with The Great Get Together to make the weekend of 17 and 18 June a celebration of all we have in common in this country. The cause of refugees was close to Jo’s heart and the fact that we will be marking the first anniversary of her death just as Refugee Week 2017 begins brings added poignancy to events.
“I know what a great job Refugee Week has done over the last two decades in highlighting the contribution of refugees to Britain. The values it promotes and the 2017 theme, Our Shared Future, chime completely with the message of The Great Together.
“Refugees may come from different backgrounds and have had different experiences than their British friends and neighbours, but Britain is now their home and they recognise, more than anyone, that what we have common is much greater than that which divides us.”
If you are organising a Refugee Week event 16 – 18 June, we invite you to make your event part of the Great Get Together.
Click here for more information from the organisers of the Great Get Together, including frequently asked questions and how you can get involved, and here for a Great Get Together toolkit created by Refugee Week partners Amnesty International UK.
Refugee Week events will continue throughout the official week, 19-25 June.
The Great Get Together is a campaign by the Jo Cox Foundation and partners.