This year The Big Lunch annual day for neighbours forms part of The Great Get-Together weekend, which will take place June 17 and 18. The Big Lunch provide a free pack to get party planning started and are encouraging neighbours and community groups UK wide to order your free Big Lunch starter pack (https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com/join-in-get-your-free-big-lunch-starter-pack) and take part by celebrating community spirit where ever you live on June 17-18.
The Great Get-Together is a weekend of community celebration aiming to bring people together to enjoy a diverse mix of activities including Big Lunches on Sunday 18 June.
It is a unique collaboration between the Jo Cox Foundation, The Big Lunch and a range of great community organisations who share the ambition to positively impact people’s lives, and the places where they live.
The idea was launched by the Duchess of Cornwall and Jamie Oliver at Clarence house, and is hoped to be the largest community celebration since the Jubilee.
Over 4000 people have already signed up to take part, and many charities, businesses and organisations are also getting behind the idea.
What is The Big Lunch?
The Big Lunch is the annual get-together for neighbours held each year one Sunday in June. In 2016 7.3 million people got-together to share food, friendship and fun.
Since starting in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all types of communities, with millions of people taking to their streets, gardens and community spaces for lunch. Your event can be anything from a simple get-together with neighbours in your backyard to a full-blown street party or community event.
How do we join in?
What you do and how you do it is up to you - the key ingredient is people.
Often a Big Lunch starts with a small group of friends and neighbours with an idea to get people together on one day in the year (usually a date in June). With a bit of door knocking, word of mouth and a few flyers, the ‘founding allies’ can get it to snowball into a proper plan involving the whole neighbourhood. The free pack provides all you need to kick things off locally.
What’s the aim?
The Big Lunch, an idea from the Eden project and funded by the Big Lottery, aims to helpordinary people develop relationships on their doorsteps. In turn people start to share things, from conversation and ideas to skill and resources, building stronger, happier, healthier and more resilient communities.
For more information visit www.edenprojectcommunities.com
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