Do you love to cook and to share your delicious food? Why not host a dinner party or invite friends round for a tapas night? Or get your favourite restaurant involved and host a fundraiser for your friends, community and colleagues?
Sports events are a fantastic way to get people involved. Why not get your community and your local sports club involved to host a tournament, competition or have a fun five aside with your club mates or colleagues?
Have an interest in fashion? How about hosting a frock swap at home or work, a fun fashion show or a fancy dress party! Make it special and invite a beauty and styling expert to share hints and tips!!
If arts and crafts are your passion how about inviting a local artist to your home, school or workplace and get everyone to take part in a workshop or upcycling event. Or you could organise an exhibition or art auction?
We love to share our favourite stories with our family and friends. Why not organise a book or poetry reading with your most loved author. Organise a creative writing work shop or even host a movie night for friends and colleagues!!
If you’re the outdoorsy type there are lots of ways to host get togethers. You could organise a guided walk or hike with your local walking club, a seashore discovery walk for kids, or a nature walk through the woods.
Music always provides a fantastic way for people to Get Together. You could organise a gig with your favourite band, a performance with your local musical group or a fun karaoke or open mic night.
1. Decide what type of Get Together you would like to hold. Will it be a party? A table quiz? A sports tournament? A coffee morning? A bake sale? A poetry reading? A concert? An exhibition? The ideas are endless!
2. Choose to organise an event that you will enjoy and everyone else will love it too!
3. Decide how many people you would like at your event.
4. Choose your date – consider how long you’ll need to prepare and how much you will be asking people to donate? Make sure your Get Together doesn’t clash with any other events in your area.
5. Enlist helpers! – Remember, it’s about bringing people together. Draft in help from your friends, family or colleagues to make it a fantastic GREAT Get Together.
1. Plan your communications in advance and work out a plan.
2. Think about how to get the word out about your Great Get Together.
3. Consider who your target audience is and how you will get the word to them about your Get Together.
4. Put posters up in local businesses and clubs if your event is open to the community.
5. Tell all your friends and neighbours and send them a text message too.
6. Email everyone at work and put a poster up on the notice board and any other good locations.
7. Contact relevant groups in your area and send them personalised invitations.
8. Create a Facebook event and invite all your friends and connections.
9. Use whatever social media platform you are on to spread the word.
Anyone who organises events that attract members of the public should have a health and safety management system to anticipate, monitor and control potential risks. Before you hold your event you should carry out a thorough inspection of your venue and identify anything that might cause harm to your visitors and take the necessary precautions.
1. Look out for any physical features or objects that could lead to accidents or overcrowding. These may include:
• Steep steps
• Uneven or slippery flooring
• Dead ends and locked gates
2. Identify your potential visitor groups (e.g. children, elderly people, people with special needs etc) and what obstacles and hidden hazards they may encounter when visiting your building or participating in your event. Consider if they are familiar with the layout and facilities of the venue and if not if this unfamiliarity forms a hazard.
3. Evaluate the risks and decide whether existing precautions are adequate or more should be done by:
• Closing all areas which could be dangerous
• Signposting hazards
• Having capable volunteers to point out any hazards to visitors and take charge in an emergency
• Checking your First-Aid kit is complete
• Providing emergency escape that is safe and effective for all
• Liaising with outside organisations such as police and other emergency services if needs be
You can find more information at our ‘Ireland’s Great Get Together’ page.