Eden Project Communities

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.

Eden Project Communities's COVID-19 Support Services

Information, guidance and support the supporters and informal volunteers

Eden Project Communities

COVID-19 Service

Across Northern Ireland

Eden Project Communities's Content

ainsley harriot with big lunch flag and cake looking delighted and holding fingers up  to make ok sign
News

Eden Project Communities

The Big Lunch is back on 6 & 7 June 2020 – and this year it’s going virtual! The Big Lunch annual thanksgiving for neighbours is going ahead in spite of Lockdown and Northern Ireland is invited to join in.
big thanks eden project
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Eden Project Communities launches #TheBigThanks join in with shout outs on social media, on bill boards and with little gifts popped in the post, to spread positivity in a first step to maintaining community mindedness after the pandemic ends.
nadia sawalha launches #thereforme
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#ThereForMe is a new social media campaign celebrating the people who support us locally.  For those who take part on social media, there’s a little treat in store, as The Big Lunch will be randomly gifting all the way to Christmas day.
Event
Fundraiser Training/Advice Workshop

Eden Project Communities

A workshop outlining the Community Companion funding and its purpose. Belfast Friday 4 October & Derry Sunday 6 October
Dates:
04 October 2019 06 October 2019
Belfast
chelsea garden party Big Lunch
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Eden Project Communities

1031 people and groups across Northern Ireland registered for The Big Lunch 2019. The Big Lunch kicked off last weekend and people from Gortin to Groomsport stepped outside for cuppa and cake with their neighbours, to build community spirit in their area
little boy paints older disabled womans face at street party  held as part of The Big Lunch
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Eden Project Communities

The Big Lunch is a day to celebrate community, and to mark the 10th year its giving away presents to help you get the party started anywhere you want. Join in 1-2 June and take time to talk.
the big lunch pack
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Eden Project Communities

It seems that making friends on the doorstep may becoming a thing of the past for many in Northern Ireland as 46% of us don’t know our neighbours’ names and only 25% would knock on a new neighbour’s door to welcome them to the neighbourhood. Nearly 70% of
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Informal Meetup Launch

Eden Project Communities

Join us for an evening of community conversation.
Dates:
20 March 2019
Ballymena
Big Lunches across northern ireland in 2019. www.thebiglunch.com
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Eden Project Communities

Big Lunch competition in Northern Ireland The Big Lunch is running an art and poetry competition open to people of all ages across Northern Ireland with prizes of £25 in vouchers for a range of age categories and £100 for the overall winner.
Event
Art & Culture Informal Meetup Workshop

Eden Project Communities

Pop along to Play resources on Tuesday 26 February. Join us and get arty. Come lend a hand and have a chat about all things community.
Dates:
26 February 2019
Belfast

More Information

Type of Organisation

VCSE

Team

  • Grainne Mccloskey
  • niamh scullion