Brent gets together with the help of £16,000 in community grants

28 June 2019

From study groups to cultural associations, faith groups to swimming clubs, communities across Brent have been celebrating the Great Get Together. Thirty-two events received a £500 grant from Brent Council to fund their festivities.

The Great Get Together was inspired by the murdered MP Jo Cox who lived her life spreading her belief that we have more in common than divides us. This year it took place on 21-23 June 2019, the weekend that would have been Jo's 45th birthday.

The £500 grants helped neighbours to come together over good food, music and fun. The Friday Challenge Children's Ministry held a community lunch where everyone joined in conversations about respecting different cultures and loving each other. Meanwhile, children at the Polish Village School's get together enjoyed face painting, bouncy castles and giant bubble making.

Cllr Tom Miller, Lead Member for Community Safety, said: "Diversity is one of Brent's biggest strengths, so the message of the Great Get Together always strikes a chord here. It's been great to see the variety of events, all putting the grants to good use to celebrate kindness, respect and all that we have in common."