TV Channel 'Together' Becomes 'Great Get Together' in Memory of Jo Cox
Together redbages itself over the weekend of nationwide community celebrations inspired by the late Jo Cox MP
Together, the national broadcaster that motivates people to do good, is rebadging itself as ‘Great Get Together’ over the weekend 22nd-24th June to support the nationwide initiative, which was set up in memory of Jo Cox, the MP murdered in June 2016.
The second annual Great Get Together will take place across the country over the weekend of 22 – 24 June, with thousands of community events being organised across the UK, focused on bringing communities and neighbourhoods closer together, and celebrating what we have in common.
In the run up to the weekend, Together is calling on viewers to organise or attend their own Great Get Together events to bring their community together.
Over the weekend itself, Together will show the most inspiring content focused on the sense of community and togetherness in addition to highlights of the Great Get Together community events being held across the country. It will bring together entertaining programmes, like The Big Bread Experiment and The Last Clarion House, but also bits of real British life, like Battersea Junction and Two Touch Rulz, to form a weekend of positivity, collective action and common purpose.
Together is available to over 20m homes on Freeview 93, Sky 159, Virgin 269, Freesat 164.
Jo Cox’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, said: “The year after we lost Jo was a sad and difficult time for us as a family. And it was marked by terrible tragedy at Manchester arena and in London with attacks by extremists at Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park and the horrendous fire at Grenfell Tower. People came together with strength and compassion and showed they wouldn’t be beaten. And since then communities have refused to give in to hatred or allow themselves to be divided. Wherever I go, I’m touched by how many people say they remember my sister’s words in Parliament when she said we have more in common than that which divides us. Next week we can prove her right and help continue the work she started. We can all enjoy it too because Jo, along with most people, loved a good street party.”
Together is also supporting Loneliness Awareness Week (18th to 24th June), founded by The Marmalade Trust. It will broadcast the Be More Us film from the Campaign to End Loneliness, already viewed 16 million times online, to get the conversation started around loneliness ahead of the Great Get Together, which itself demonstrates effective ways to fight loneliness by bringing people together.
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Marketing Manager, Together
Together is the ‘do more’ TV channel. Optimistic, encouraging and celebrating the quirks of British life, we motivate viewers to do more for themselves and those around them through smartly-entertaining series and motivating documentaries.
Available 24-hours-a-day, our programming is geared around wellbeing (Better Together), creativity (Make Together) and community (Get Together).
Together broadcasts 24-hours on Freeview 93, Sky 159, Virgin 269 and freesat 164, and available streamed and on-demand through togethertv.com, TVPlayer, DailyMotion, YouTube, Facebook and BT TV.
Together is owned by over two hundred individual shareholders with a wider group of donors and backers including Sky, Big Lottery Fund, Barrow Cadbury Trust, Channel 4, ITV, BBC, Unltd and Social Investment Business.
Together’s launch has been supported by gifted media inventory from companies in the public service broadcasting, channel groups, newspaper groups and tech giants.
To receive Together on Freeview, viewers will need to be within coverage and be watching through Freeview HD or Freeview Play devices. Some viewers may need to retune. www.togethertv.com
About The Great Get Together
The 2018 Great Get Together builds on the success of last year when over 120,000 events, large and small, took place across the UK to mark the first anniversary of the murder of Jo Cox MP. At the request of her parents and sister, Kim Leadbeater, the occasion has been moved to what would have been Jo’s birthday weekend, June 22-24. The popular mix of streets parties, BBQs, picnics and Iftars will be supplemented with sporting events and occasions to bridge community divisions and make new connections. All of them are inspired by Jo’s first speech to parliament when she said “we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us”.
Once again the Great Get Together has teamed up with an exciting team of partners including the FA, Women’s Institute, NCVO, the Scouts, Girl Guiding, Royal British Legion, RSPB, The Challenge, AirBNB, Tesco and many more. www.greatgettogether.org
About The Jo Cox Foundation
Jo Cox’s life was marked by her compassion and by her passion. She worked tirelessly for a fairer, kinder and more tolerant world. And she believed passionately that even the greatest challenges could be overcome. Jo was murdered on the 16th June 2016 in the place she loved – Batley and Spen – doing the work she loved, as an MP on behalf of her constituents. The Jo Cox Foundation has been established to support her friends, family and colleagues in their efforts to continue her work and to highlight the issues she cared about so deeply. Led by her example, we are restless for change. Just as she did, we believe in working together with individuals and organisations that share the commitment to a fairer, kinder more tolerant world. www.jocoxfoundation.org
About the Campaign to End Loneliness
The Campaign to End Loneliness is the first organisation in the UK dedicated to ending loneliness. We believe that nobody should be lonely. People of all ages need connections that matter. But there are 9 million lonely people in the UK. They lack the friendship and support we all need.
We aim to end loneliness and connect communities. We campaign nationally to inspire thousands of organisations and people to do more to tackle loneliness. We work at a local level in all four nations across the UK. We are hosted by Independent Age and funded by the National Lottery Fund. Together, we can End Loneliness. www.campaigntoendloneliness.org