‘Looking out for our neighbours’, the campaign to combat loneliness and isolation across West Yorkshire and Harrogate, is proud to support The Jo Cox Foundation’s ‘Great Get Together’ taking place from 21 – 23 June.

Throughout June the campaign delivers one simple message ‘Get together with your neighbours’. Whether it’s simply saying hello, having a cup of tea or doing something for your neighbour, the Great Get Together is the perfect reason to connect with those in your neighbourhood.

Kim Leadbeater, sister of the late Jo Cox MP and Ambassador for The Jo Cox Foundation says:

“I feel passionately about creating well-connected communities where everyone is happy and healthy and has a sense of identity and belonging. It’s wonderful to know that some of the connections being made through the ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ campaign can be continued as part of The Great Get Together, which takes place on the weekend of Jo’s birthday in June. I believe if we all work together to prevent loneliness and its associated health risks, we can have a positive impact on the wellbeing of everyone.”

The ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ campaign, commissioned by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership launched on the 15th of March and has inspired hundreds of people to engage in positive action and neighbourly activity across the whole area.

Rob Webster, CEO Lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and CEO for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said:

It’s ‘great to be getting together’ with the Jo Cox Foundation to share the message that tackling loneliness and preventing social isolation improves all of our lives. Many people feel lonely at some point in their lives, whether this is due to bereavement, divorce or other life changing events and without the support of family and friendships it can be very difficult to overcome. A simple act of kindness can make a huge difference to everyone’s day.  I’m delighted the campaign has reached so many people and long may this continue over the summer and beyond”.

Since the launch, over 350 organisations and community champions have signed up to back the campaign, promoting its message throughout their organisations and within their communities. The campaign has also received attention on social media, with the hashtag #OurNeighbours being used over 1000 times. In addition to over 35,000 helpful neighbour packs distributed, a further 600 people have downloaded a digital version of the pack from the campaign website.

Carol McKenna, Chief Officer for North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group and Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group says:

“Tackling loneliness is something we can all very easily take part in. It doesn’t need to be much – a simple hello, a smile or asking how someone is feeling can make a huge difference to a person’s life. I’m fully supportive of this campaign – it’s a great example of how the smallest of actions when done together can go a long way towards creating a real impact on those around us”.

To download your own helpful neighbour pack or find out more about the ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ campaign, visit: ourneighbours.org.uk/resources. You can also search #OurNeighbours to see the positive difference the campaign is making across the area on social media.

Campaign background

‘Looking out for our neighbours’ is a social marketing campaign commissioned by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership. The campaign aims to prevent loneliness and its associated health issues by encouraging communities to look after each other. The campaign aims to inspire communities to engage in simple wellbeing activities that will positively impact on their neighbours. Find out more at: ourneighbours.org.uk