Are you ready to get together with your neighbours to share food, have fun and get to know each other better?

The idea is simple, but the result is incredible, and sometimes even life-changing.

In June each year The Big Lunch encourages people across the UK to throw open their doors, take to their streets, gardens and neighbourhoods to meet people over a bite to eat, to chat, and make new friends. It’s a glorious moment of fun in the year that everyone can share.

Who Will You Be Making Friends With in 2019?
Photo: Eden Project

Since it started in 2009, The Big Lunch has seen great things happen when people get together. People feel better about where they live, feel less lonely, are happier and say they have the confidence to do more in their community.

Research in 2018 found that 4.5million people who went to a Big Lunch made new friends and a whopping 4.8 million said they believed The Big Lunch helped people feel less lonely. Over 5 million people who took part last year believe The Big Lunch creates stronger communities.

There are huge benefits to living in a community where people know one another, support one another and tackle local challenges together.

Who Will You Be Making Friends With in 2019?
Photo: Eden Project

The Big Lunch is an idea from the Eden Project made possible by the National Lottery, designed to inspire people to take a small step that can make a big difference.

Save the Date for your Big Lunch on the weekend of 1st and 2nd June 2019, and let your neighbours know about it too 🙂

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Nisha Kotecha is the Founder of Good News Shared. Having worked and volunteered for charities in the UK for over 10 years, Nisha is on a mission to highlight how amazing charities are.

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