The Great Swansea Get Together
There is a whole host of events happening in Swansea just now around The Great Get Together. Nationally there are over 100,000! The Great Get Together, if you haven’t heard about it, is inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed on 16 June last year.
Thankfully, many people, it would appear, reject divisive politics and want to bring our communities together, celebrating all that unites us. It’s been a frantic time for some very wonderful Swansea people, who have worked amazingly hard and taken it upon themselves to put together brilliant local community events across Swansea. Leonie Ramondt is just one such person. There wasn’t time for her to self-publish this piece so here is her personal take on the inspiring weekend coming up. Neighbours are invited to get out there and join in one of their many local events.
Having moved to Swansea just under a year ago, I’ve been falling in love with this city and its people in a variety of ways. Sure, the Gower and the amazing views from Mount Pleasant have been important. But, almost more exciting has been discovering that people often have time to stop and chat in the street and there are lots of volunteer organisations and community initiatives. However, people born here remember a time when kids roamed freely, live music played everywhere and neighbours all knew each other.
I’ve been intrigued to see how many people still know each other and yet equally, people with so much in common, living near each other, have never met.
Most people want to live in safe and friendly communities and experience a sense of belonging, so it’s no surprise that Swansea is joining in with gusto.”
So with a vision for thanking, celebrating and growing our community, a group of us in Uplands have been using Nextdoor.com the online website and the Mount Pleasant Swansea group in Facebook as a way of communicating ideas and organising meet-ups to organize our own Great Big Get Together(s).
The Great Get Together is a national initiative aimed at building trust between neighbours. It has come from collaboration between the Eden Project’s annual Big Lunch and the Jo Cox Foundation. They aim to encourage neighbours and communities all around the UK to come together on the weekend of the 16th to the 18th of June to celebrate that “we have much more in common than that which divides us”.
Most people want to live in safe and friendly communities and experience a sense of belonging, so it’s no surprise that Swansea is joining in with gusto. Small groups of neighbours are coming together to organize events in various areas including; Beechwood Road, Rose Hill Quarry, Mayhill Washing Lake, Montpelier Terrace, The Promenade, Primrose Hill, Bryn Y Don Park, North Hill and Waun Wen. Youngsters will be excited to learn that Circus Eruption will be part of the fun activities at the Montpelier Terrace event. Please do note that these local events are particularly aimed at people that live in the neighbourhoods the activity is taking place in. Rose Hill Quarry is likely to be able to cater for larger numbers of people from further afield too.
And to thank us as well as encourage everyone to get active in the name of community, walkers from The Great Big Walk www.thegreatbigwalk.com are stopping at Swansea en route. If you’d like to meet these amazing people who are walking more than 500 miles around the north, west, and south of Wales, come and join them for breakfast at Matts Cafe on the 13th of June. At Mayhill Boys Club at 6.30 pm on Mondy 12th June, there is also a chance to meet the walkers and hear about and discuss plans to revive the Boys Club.
The Great Get Together weekend is approaching fast, however, there is still plenty of opportunity for organizing a pop-up event in your street or neighbourhood. And of course, organizing a game or a creative activity or bringing an instrument for any of the planned events will help ensure they are all a huge success. There are also plenty of additional ideas such as linking events with a map and creative activities, so don’t be shy, come and join in organising. The more we all contribute, the more we all gain.
For more information see the Mount Pleasant and Rosehill Quarry Community Park Groups on Facebook or ring Leonie on O797O 571375
editors note: More coming in!
EYST (The Ethnic Youth Support Team) is participating in this years ‘The Great Get Together’ by organising a Big Iftar. The event is also in memory of Jo Cox. Jo believed that people had far more in common than that which could divide them, and so it is this belief that EYST want to honour and bring to the community.
EYST would like people from all backgrounds to come together and celebrate all that unites us. The Iftar is the meal which is eaten after sunset marking the end of the daily Ramadan fast.
EYST invites you to join them for the Big Iftar meal on Saturday 17th June 2017 at 8.30pm in EYST’s Drop In Centre at Unit B, 11, St Helen Road Swansea SA1 4AB.
Friends of Parc Williams – Loughor
Friends of Parc Williams in Loughor have organised a Great Get Together this Saturday 1.00 -4.00 pm.
Bring a picnic to the park, meet your friends and neighbours & spend the afternoon enjoying music from the Bus Pass Cowboys, learning Circus Skills with Circus Eruption or wondering at the skills of West St Gymnasts.
Know about others similar events? Please get in touch.
There are a number of Great Get Together events around Swansea which have been organised (often with little resources and with much, often last minute, help from volunteers) within communities across the city. Why not meet your neighbours and join in the fun?
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