During the last few months Birmingham’s communities have really pulled together to support each other through the challenges of coronavirus. This year’s national Great Get Together event is about celebrating the power of community.

We can’t physically get together this year for event (The Hive are one of the organisers of the Ladywood GGT), but we can visually show our solidarity instead!

Over the weekend 19-21 June, we want to bring together in spirit hundreds of Birmingham’s citizens and friends to weave yarn and hang our creations outdoors on trees, railings, fences and benches along with the message that we believe in the POWER OF COMMUNITY.

The Hive is leading this craft campaign in collaboration with the team at Birmingham More In Common. Can you get together as a street, local area or congregation to create a local display (please follow rules for social distancing!)? Or, make one and hang it out side your home? 



The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox MP, who was murdered on the 16th of June 2016. In her first speech in Parliament, Jo said, “We have more in common than that which divides us”. Through the Great Get Together, people across the country are asked to embrace Jo’s words and run events which bring people together, celebrate our differences, and stand united against the injustices and inequalities in our communities; the things which divide us.


How to make a Great Get Together 'Ojo de Dios' mandala.

You need wool and sticks for this traditional craft activity! 

  • Around 3m of red wool
  • Around 3m of white wool
  • 2 or three lollipop/craft sticks - or you can use sticks you find in the park or garden, even chop sticks!
  • Scissors


 Here is a YouTube tutorial Suzanne has made!

You can also DOWNLOAD the instructions below. 

Part 1

Part 2


Please hang your mandala outside with the tag I BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF COMMUNITY. You could hang this in front of your home. On a daily walk you could hang it from a tree, a bench or railings! Or, you might have been asked to contribute your mandala to an organised community display.

Here are what the tags look like! You can DOWNLOAD and print these, or make your own sign to go with your mandala.


Please take a picture and share this with us on social media or by email if you can, using the hashtags



If you can add where about in Birmingham it is displayed that would be fab!

We are looking forward to seeing your mandala designs and where you have yarn bombed them!