Thank You Day
Spirit of 2012 awarded a grant of £50,000 to support a new national day wherein people around the UK will be encouraged to form meaningful social connections with one another. The grant will support the building of Thank You Day – a new initiative from the /Together coalition – with the aim of increasing and improving participation, connection and belonging in communities, while breaking down the perceptions of difference and associated hostility.
The funding will also support pilot projects in a series of communities, with a view to learning how major events such as Thank You Day can help build a sustainable grassroots network of social connectors.
It follows the release of the ‘Talk Together’ Report in March 2021 which revealed that while people were feeling more isolated due to COVID-19, 41% of people felt that the pandemic had made their local community more united. It also estimates that 12.4 million adults volunteering during the pandemic, of which 4.6 million were first time volunteers, with 3.8 million of this group interested in volunteering again.