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Thank You Day

Thank You Day

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.

We are delighted to receive this development grant from Spirit of 2012, as Together works to equip and empower organisations throughout the coalition to harness and build on the surge in community spirit we've seen throughout the pandemic.

As we emerge from lockdown, we have a unique opportunity to create kinder, closer and more connected communities, and Thank You Day on the 4th of July, when communities through the UK will come together in a day of gratitude and connection, will be a moment to do just this.

Alice Braybrook - Director, /Together

£50,000

Project spend

6 Months

Project duration