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Big Lunches provide an opportunity for people of all ages to come together in an atmosphere of sharing and participation where positive interactions happen naturally, celebrating living local and strengthening community and wellbeing.

Our aim is to improve the happiness and wellbeing of people across the UK by helping to build more resilient and better connected communities.

Eden supports and encourages people all over the UK to take positive actions that strengthen local connections and build stronger communities.

We bring people together to build their confidence and grow and share their talents. We support individuals and communities as they create positive change to tackle local issues that matter to them most.

We started off with a very simple idea: one day a year when, for a few glorious hours, cars stop, shyness stops, gloom lifts and the UK comes together in the street to meet, greet, share, swap, sing, play and laugh for no reason other than that we all need to.

And so The Big Lunch was born. Since it began in 2009, The Big Lunch — the UK’s annual get together for neighbours — has grown to improve neighbourhoods and reduce isolation. Its now the biggest UK get together for neighbours.

Neighbours and community groups are invited to join in and have your own get togethers.Visit https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com/sign-up-and-get-your-free-big-lunch-starter-pack

to order our FREE Big Lunch pack, full of tips and ideas to get you started.

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mobile volunteering in action in armagh
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Armagh Volunteers were recognised when The Big Walk came to visit ahead of Volunteers week.
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On Saturday 26 May, Michael Conlon, Rathlin-born singer and Irish Senator Frances Black, and daughter singer-songwriter Aoife Scott, invite you to join them on Rathlin for The Big Community Walk join them and others of all ages and abilities for a fun and
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Informal Meetup Outdoor Activity

Eden Project Communities

On Saturday 26 May, Michael Conlon, Rathlin-born singer and Irish Senator Frances Black, and daughter singer-songwriter Aoife Scott, invite you to join them on Rathlin for The Big Community Walk join them and others of all ages and abilities for a fun and friendly walk. walk will finish with a beach clean and a Big Lunch picnic and fun at Church Bay, where attendees can also dip into the activities planned as part of the Ballycastle Rathlin Maritime Sound Festival including a chance to row in the bay on a community made boat with Lagan Currachs
Ballycastle
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Art & Culture Informal Meetup

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Join us on the 8th of May for an evening of creative preparation ahead of Big Lunch 2018 day for neighbours. (the Big Lunch mass participation date is the 3rd of June) Come along and get creative, share your skills and pick up great ideas to make a community day beautiful on a budget. This will be a day to meet other people who are bringing The Big Lunch to their neighbourhoods, and to network and find out more about Eden Project Communities from existing members.
Derry
Jun 16 7:29pm
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Free Big Lunch Pack

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This Free Big Lunch pack is the perfect tool to bring people together. Designed to help people who have never organised an event deliver a fun and engaging community spirited gathering, it's a great way to help people make local connections and fundraise.
Belfast
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Informal Meetup Training/Advice Workshop

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Join us for an evening of creative preparation ahead of Big Lunch day for neighbours 3 June. Come along and get creative, share some skills and pick up fun tips to make a community day beautiful on a budget. This will be a day to meet other people who are bringing The Big Lunch to their neighbourhoods, network and find out more about Eden Project Communities. Big Lunch 2018 plans, make decorations like bunting and table dressings, we will demo fun activities for kids and people of all ages, and have a Raw Food party foods demonstration. Please come along willing to share a skill or an idea and bring props to make this happen. At an event last year we had people offering hand massages, coaching, sound baths, yoga, saurkraut making, and new project idea exploration, so anything goes. At Big Lunches people have had music, ceilis, toy swap shops, Bingo, board games and all sorts of fun. We can also share nuts and bolts information and demonstrations if requested, including road closures. We will hold more Big Lunch prep events similar to this in other parts of Northern Ireland. Let us know if you would like us to come to your area. The good news is, you are welcome to bring your children along to this event, or a friend who may be interested in bringing the Big Lunch to another street, but you must book a ticket for them for catering numbers. Please be aware we will be taking photos at this event to share with the media and on social media if for any reason you are unable to be photographed notify us in advance.
Belfast
Northern Ireland walkers Olivia and Noel with Comedian and walker Jo Brand at the start of the Great Big Walk 2017 in  Batley, Yorkshire
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The Big Walk is back! Four walkers from across the UK will set off from Morecambe in May, their journeys will visit people and groups who make their communities better places to live, arriving back home in time for The Big Lunch day for neighbours 3 June
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Conference Informal Meetup

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Please come along and meet or reconnect with other community organizers and volunteers from Northern Ireland at Garvagh Community Development Trust's building for a stimulating and invigorating day of sharing ideas and making plans to work together. Our host for the event, is network member Karin Eyben who is the development lead at Garvagh People's Forest Project. It is open to all community organisers and aspiring community organisers in the NE and NW or within driving distance of Garvagh. However, places are limited to 30 so please book soon to avoid disappointment. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-collaboration-eden-project-com…
Garvagh
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Informal Meetup

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Our next event is being hosted by the wonderful Rosa Santiago Kelly from Goodwill Gifts in Omagh. This event is for the South West members of our Eden Project Communities network, and anyone who is interested in being more active in their community. The Eden Project Community network is a group of people doing great things in their communities, projects large and small, that make people's lives easier, happier and more connected and Eden Project Communities organises events, training and workshops for these community organisers to connect and keep each other motivated, inspired and energised - Funded by the National Lottery.
Omagh
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Join in sharing some brilliant public space ideas from other cities, brainstorming, exploring what young people in Belfast want and need in their public spaces and illustrating our ideas on paper.

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VCSE

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  • Grainne Mccloskey
  • niamh scullion