The Month of Community is about creating a focal point in the year to bring people together to reconnect, celebrate what’s local and help bolster the recovery effort with something that touches everyone. It's an opportunity to bring our neighbourhoods closer and shine a light on the amazing communities we live in and to give community spirit a boost as we head into summer.
The Month of Community is a time to come together to celebrate everything that makes our communities great. Millions of people took part in June 2022, to cheers volunteers, connect with their neighbours, welcome refugees, support carers, raise awareness of loneliness, or simply to say thank you.
So good causes across the UK have teamed up to celebrate summer 2023 with a #MonthOfCommunity. Join in when it works for you and your community, whether that’s to say cheers to volunteers, connect with your neighbours, support a cause you care about or simply to say thank you.
Here are a few highlights...
12 – 18 June 2023
Hosted by yours truly (Marmalade Trust), Loneliness Awareness Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of loneliness and get people talking about it.
The theme this year is ‘connection’ – encouraging everyone to harness little moments of everyday connection. Head to our brand new website to get involved!
10-18 June 2023
The Great Big Green Week is the UK’s biggest ever celebration of community action to tackle climate change and protect nature.
Every year, people come together to unleash a wave of support for action to protect the planet. Tens of thousands of people in every corner of the country celebrate the heartfelt, brave, everyday actions being taken to stand up for nature and fight climate change.
23-25 June 2023
The Great Get Together celebrates what unites us and rejects division, inspired by Jo Cox’s message that we have more in common than that which divides us.
A Great Get Together can be any event that brings people together, including holding a Big Lunch! Some suggestions from the organisers include:
a Great Walk Together (in partnership with Refugee Week)
a Great Watch Together (in partnership with Cinema for All)
a Great Write Together (in partnership with library charities)
Find all the resources you need in their organiser toolkit.
1-7 June 2023
Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering in their communities.
We’ve got lots of tips on recruiting, managing and celebrating volunteers, how to start volunteering and loads of inspiring volunteer stories!
June is also known as Pride month, and we have written a blog with our top advice to help you be an ally to any group that has faced marginalisation.
Being an ally is about much more than believing in equality and being anti-discriminatory. It’s actively supporting LGBTQ+ people through every day actions as a straight/heterosexual person. You can also be an ally to people of colour as a white person, or a disability ally even though you might not be disabled yourself.
Discover more about the Month of Community and see the full list of partner organisations here.