There's More That Unites Us Than Divides Us: Let's Get Together!
Streets Alive welcomes the launch of THE GREAT GET TOGETHER by The Jo Cox Foundation, and calls on local councils across the country to support this weekend of events, held to champion community cohesion, and to remove any charges for residential road closures for neighbours’ events.
On June 17th and 18th people across the UK are being invited to get together with friends and neighbours at street parties and other community events to mark the anniversary of Jo Cox’s death. Information about The Great Get Together can be found here and you can sign up to get involved here.
Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen in Yorkshire worked tirelessly for a fairer, kinder and more tolerant world. This anniversary presents an opportunity for British people to focus on drawing their communities closer together.
Street Parties are an ideal way to break down barriers. They provide a chance for neighbours to meet properly and get to know each other better, in a familiar, easy setting. As connections are made, and built upon, streets become friendlier, safer and more inclusive.
Street parties and other neighbours’ events give an excuse to open doors- on average people meet at least eight new neighbours at a first street party. They help to generate recognition and trust between people and send a message that streets can be used as social spaces once more.
As local communities become more mobile and diverse, and communication, shopping and work move increasingly online, it becomes more important than ever to value and foster acts of neighbourliness in order to counter problems of both division and loneliness.
Streets Alive has worked with Local Authorities across the UK for decades in order to remove red-tape and barriers to neighbours' events such as charges for road closures, excessive insurance and other administrative requirements.
Street parties are a highly effective way of building community at a very local level and as such, we believe, should be welcomed and supported by cash-strapped councils. If your local council does not make it easy to close your road for a street party, find out how to approach them here.
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