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Have Youth Got Community Spirit?

05 May 2017

Young people across Northern Ireland have an exclusive chance to put social media skills to good use and win 3,000 worth of prizes for their local neighbourhood.

Eden Project Communities have teamed up with Belfast Harbour to run an exciting new competition, that not only celebrates community spirit but provides young individuals with the chance to win prizes to enhance and develop their local areas, as part of this year’s Big Lunch.

The Big Lunch, an Eden Project initiative made possible by the Big Lottery Fund, will be celebrated by neighbourhoods across the UK from Friday 16 June to Sunday 18 June, providing a stand out date in the diary for neighbours to get together, get to know each other better, and celebrate their communities.

Anyone can host a Big Lunch either on the street with neighbours or as a wider community event the main date this year is 18 June and forms part of the Great get Together weekend and a free pack is available to anyone interested in taking part www.thebiglunch.com

This Competition is designed to recognise that young people are neighbours too and to enable them to get involved in the community where they live. Entering is easy young  people, from the ages of 8 to 18 team up with a community group or organisation and submit a short video to the Big Lunch team pitching their unique vision for a community spirited activity they would like to deliver with a local organisation or group, including, how it will improve the feeling of community spirit and engage with a wide range of people of all ages within their local area.

The best entries submitted will be in with the chance of winning 3,000 worth of reusable materials which can be used for community spirited activity.

Jenni Barkley, Communications and Corporate Responsibility Manager of Belfast Harbour said:

“The Big Lunch is a fantastic initiative that Belfast Harbour are proud to support. Through this, we want to create broader, supportive community networks throughout Northern Ireland and together provide a safer environment for local people to thrive in, to increase happiness amongst communities.

The Eden Project, with the support of Belfast Harbour, has enabled communities to make positive changes and provides an opportunity for local people to tackle challenges together.”

The Big Lunch day for neighbours aims to improve the happiness and well-being of people across the UK, by supporting communities in building more resilient and better connected relationships.

Grainne McCloskey, Northern Ireland Manager of The Big Lunch said:

“The Big Lunch has now been running successfully for 9 years. It has grown so much in that time due to the vast number of communities that have already got behind the initiative and witnessed the fantastic benefits of joining together.

This year we wanted to engage with young people, involving them through our new digital competition. We live in a digital age where we can connect with friends, family and colleagues online this is empowering, but what about the people living next to us, digital connections are no replacement for face to face conversations! By building strong relationships with people who live near us, we tackle crime, reduce loneliness and ease community tensions, we hope to see lots of young people across Northern Ireland taking up this simple challenge and making good and lasting local intergenerational community connections.”

For more information on how to get involved in this year’s Big Lunch and to enter the competition please contact Grainne McCloskey 07703189048 gmccloskey@edenproject.com


Enter the competition here - https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com/youthcompetition


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