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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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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.

Belfast from Blitz to Glitz
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October is positive ageing month. Enjoy a Fun lunch with street celebration on the menu from Fleadh to war end or Festival. Share your own human stories that could be lost, from dressing up to stealing your first kiss

Glenariffe community welcomes The Great Big Walk
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The Great Big Walk arrived in Glenariff having set out on 29 May from Yorkshire on a UK wide adventure, connecting people and celebrating community all along the way. Funded by National lottery it highlights the community spirit that exists in the UK.

Youth got Community Spirit
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We're giving away £3000 worth of prizes to young people making a positive difference in their community! Tell us what you'd buy to help build community spirit and be in to win!

Social eating helps connect communities
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Research out this year from the University of Oxford has revealed that the more often people eat with others, the more likely they are to feel happy and satisfied with their lives.

The Cost of Northern Ireland’s Disconnected Communities: £1.69 billion per year
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A new study[1] has found that Northern Ireland’s disconnected communities could be costing the local economy £1.69 billion every year. For the UK economy as a whole, this figure reaches £32 billion.

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Smart pass holders are invited to get on board the Age friendly Belfast Train and enjoy a carriage of conversation on the issues impacting seniors today. The event is being run by The Big Lunch with support from Translink

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Interested in taking part in The Big Lunch this June?

There is £2000 worth of £50 vouchers available to constituted and non constituted groups, neighbours, schools and clubs in Northern Ireland.

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The Big Lunch has invited the #Gruffalo to Northern Ireland in April – and he could be visiting you!

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The Big Lunch are bringing the #Gruffalo to Northern Ireland in April – and he could be visiting you!

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VCSE

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  • Grainne Mccloskey