Nottingham residents invited to virtual Great Get Together

We’re inviting Nottingham residents to a virtual Great Get Together event to celebrate the power of community – inspired by the national Great Get Together campaign launched by the Jo Cox Foundation for 2020.

The event will include a weekend of special shows on 19, 20 and 21 June highlighting the innovative ways that communities in St Ann’s, Sneinton, Mapperley and around Nottingham have stayed connected and supported each other during the Covid-19 crisis.

All the shows will be available to watch online for free on our YouTube channel RT TV.

We’ve invited a whole range of community organisations and groups to take part, including the partner organisations and groups we work with, and you’ll be able to tune in to see what they’ve all been doing to support communities during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as their plans for the future and events to look forward to!

Some of the organisations and groups taking part include Stonebridge City Farm, Read On Nottingham, Church@Community, St Ann with Emmanuel C of E Church, Small Steps Big Changes (SSBC), Next Door Dance, This Girl Can, Get Out Get Active, Nottinghamshire Police, ItsMuchMore, Noor, Go Vision International Flavours, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, Freedom Foundation, Community Recording Studio (CRS), Gujarat Samaj Nottingham, Epic Partners, Brendon Lawrence Sports Centre and Nottingham Forest in the Community.

A full schedule of shows for 19-21 June will be available to view on our website and social media with highlights including inspiration for cooking, dancing, keeping active and getting creative; volunteering news and opportunities; and what’s happening in your neighbourhood.

Get involved
There are also lots of ways for everyone to get involved including the chance to take your selfie with the Jo Cox Foundation’s #MoreinCommon selfie board

Take your pic, or a group pic of everyone in your household with the selfie board, and we’ll use it to create a montage of all the pictures we receive – to celebrate Nottingham’s virtual Great Get Together and everyone getting together – maybe not in person – but definitely in spirit!

Please send your pics to us by Monday 22 June via email to communications@renewaltrust.org.uk or by WhatsApp to 07810 825 197.

(Please note your photo may be used by The Renewal Trust for promotional material, website and social media platforms and may be shared and used by funders and partners of The Renewal Trust.)

We’re hoping to use the final montage to create a banner – that will displayed in the community to celebrate #MoreInCommon and the power of community – something that’s been such a force for good during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We launched RT TV on 3 April in response to the Covid-19 crisis, so we could continue to support and stay connected with the communities we work with in St Ann’s, Sneinton, Mapperley and beyond.

Nic Williams, our Community Lead explained:
“Nottingham has joined in with the national Great Get Together celebrations since the campaign was launched by Jo’s family and friends in 2017 and rather than miss out this year, The Renewal Trust have decided to go ahead in a way that will safely bring people together in celebration of the community, organisations and key workers.

“Never more so than now, we need to harness the power of communities to come together, albeit in a virtual way, to create hope and positivity. Jo Cox and her Foundation continue to provide inspiration and her believe that we all have ‘more in common than that which divides us’ has proved to be truer than ever by the way communities have come together in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Hopefully people will join in the fun online and enjoy seeing the power of community in action.”

Jo Cox’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, said:
“Over the past few months we have seen an amazing response from communities around the UK to the Covid-19 epidemic. It’s a reminder of Jo’s approach, one we have adopted at her Foundation, that wherever possible we should focus on what we can do, rather than what we can’t do. I think The Renewal Trust’s plans for Nottingham are brilliant. They are a fantastic example of why we’ve decided that the Great Get Together, which has always been rooted in community, will go ahead – just in a slightly different way!”

Tune in to RT TV on 19, 20 and 21 June for Nottingham’s Great Get Together (or visit anytime to catch up with previous episodes of RT TV!)

Watch this space and follow our socials for a full schedule of shows planned for the weekend!

Tag and follow #MoreInCommon to support the national Great Get Together and the Jo Cox Foundation.

Selfie example