As Wales celebrates Saint David’s Day, the countdown to The Big Lunch (Y Cinio Mawr) begins. The annual community eat-together, set for 12th June, is encouraging people across Wales to share a meal with their families, friends and neighbours.
The day is all about starting conversations, sharing the simple things that make life good, and building stronger neighbourhoods by getting to know the people you live near, and making time to talk, listen—and share food and friendship.
Now in its eighth year, the idea from the Eden Project, made possible by the Big Lottery Fund, is the perfect recipe for feeding community spirit and helping to build stronger neighbourhoods. And this year there is an extra reason to get involved—the Queen is celebrating her 90th birthday on the same day (Sunday 12th June 2016).
The Big Lunch works because people can take the idea and use it in the way that works best for them where they live. However big or small, and whatever the theme, the result will be the creation of stronger and happier communities, which is good for us all.
Sir Tim Smit KBE, Co-Founder of the Eden Project and The Big Lunch, said:
“The Big Lunch is about more than just enjoying the day. Big Lunches build friendships and create ‘human warming’ – communities where people start to share more, from conversation and ideas, to skills and resources and it makes them stronger.”
Organising a Big Lunch in your area is a great way to get to know neighbours, and do something positive and rewarding for the community. For people interested in getting involved this June, free packs are now available from www.thebiglunch.com. These include invitations and posters to adapt for communities as well as lots of ideas and info to help get the ball rolling.
Residents of Church Road, Cardiff, sharing a Big Lunch with freinds and neighbours in summer 2015
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About The Big Lunch
- The Big Lunch (www.thebiglunch.com) is the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours, an idea from the Eden Project made possible by the Big Lottery Fund.
- The Eden Project started The Big Lunch in 2009 with the belief that we’re better equipped to tackle the challenges we face when we face them together.
- Bringing communities together, reducing loneliness and isolation and helping to make a difference locally is at the heart of the Big Lottery Fund’s mission.
- The Big Lunch is the perfect recipe for having fun with neighbours, feeding community spirit and helping to build stronger neighbourhoods. People are the key ingredient, with those taking part creating friendlier communities in which they start to share more – from conversation and ideas to skills and resources.
- Over the past seven years, Big Lunches of all sizes have happened in all kinds of communities – in streets, back gardens, parks and local community venues. Thousands of events have taken place each year, with a whopping 7.29 million people taking part across the UK in 2015.
- It is never too late to take part in The Big Lunch. Anyone can request a free planning pack, which contains invitations, posters, seeds and stickers, at www.thebiglunch.com or by calling 0845 850 8181 to speak to one of the team.
- The Big Lunch can be found @thebiglunch on Facebook and @thebiglunch and #thebiglunch on Twitter.
- Post-event research by Havas in 2015 highlights the benefits of The Big Lunch, including: 96% of people who took part said they would recommend The Big Lunch to their friends; 85% of Big Lunch participants said it made them feel better about their neighbourhood; 8 out of 10 people have kept in touch with people they met at Big Lunches in previous years; Participants said the best three parts of their Big Lunch in 2015 were: 1. A great sense of community, 2. Enjoying good food and 3. Meeting new people.