From Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th June, hosts on Airbnb across the United Kingdom came together to support More in Common by participating in the Great Get Together.
The annual event which looks to build stronger communities by connecting people across the country to one another is organised by the Jo Cox Foundation.
Home Sharing Clubs in Camden, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Tower Hamlets and Manchester also organised events for their local communities. In Clerkenwell, Airbnb staff, hosts and neighbours came together for an afternoon of fun in the sun for a truly community-driven affair. In addition to preparing food, Experience hosts performed, treated attendees to candle, bunting and flower making workshops, as guests got to know one another.
Airbnb also invited to the wider host community across the country and saw several hosts pull together events in their local areas, including:
- Nicola in Birmingham who organised a sporty-themed afternoon in partnership with Stechford In Bloom, Stechford Art Trail, their local MP and councillors. The event brought together approximately 200 attendees to enjoy a shared meal, as well as an art workshop and badminton competition. Attendees got to watch World Cup football on the big screen and listen to a performance by a samba band.
- In Bristol, Jenny brought her whole village together to help remind them why community matters.
- Toby in Cardiff organised an event for 25 residents of a local residential home, to host a dementia-friendly garden party bringing them together with their neighbours.
- Marion of Carlisle hosted a garden party to bring her small rural community together, by opening up her home for others to look round with games and activities organised on the village green.
- In Chester, Ruth hosted a party in her local square for local residents and friends to come together. The group which often band together for litter picks wanted to come together and celebrate making the world a nicer place.
- Christopher in Great Rissington, Gloucestershire organised a village BBQ to coincide with a cricket match at his local Sports and Community Centre. As a superhost who also manages and coaches an Under 13s cricket team, he used the event to encourage more young people to join in with all the activities that their centre provides, bringing everyone together.
- In Lisburn, Gareth noticing a lack of events for the elderly in the area, hosted a tea dance event for older members of his community, with live music and food.
- Lyndsay in Liverpool hosted an event aimed at local residents and their ability to help tackle loneliness in the area. The event held in her front garden encouraged local residents, passersby and strangers to come by and get to know one another over food and drinks.
- In Perth, Katrina held a vintage family fun day and picnic for residents of her tiny Scottish village.
- David in Southwark brought together members of the Brandon Estate. In the wake of a recent shooting, his belief that local community activities are needed now more than ever encouraged him to hold a gathering in the ‘Peace Garden’ for residents to commemorate the recent loss, and open up the discussion on how they can foster more peace in the community.