Imagine the scene: It’s March 2013 – someone knocks on your door and you answer to find a neighbour on your doorstep clutching a brightly coloured booklet and set of invitations.
‘We’d like to get to know the folk living on the street a bit better, and we wondered if you’d be interested in coming to the <insert your street name here> Big Lunch?’
You’re encouraged to come out onto the street/congregate under a gazebo/ gather in front of the community centre or local green space, with a dish to share, possibly a few garden chairs and a table if you own them.
You spend the afternoon eating, chatting and laughing with other people living locally. And what’s more, you find out afterwards that you were one of 3.65 million other folk across the UK who did the same thing, on or around the first Sunday in June.
Well, not to bamboozle you with numbers, but there’s a high probability you’d find yourself as one of the 86% who feel better about where they live, or the 79% who feel a stronger sense of community. You might even be one of the 64% who plan to do more locally – or if you’re part of an active community group already – think of all the new volunteers you could gain!
The Big Lunch is very simple – it’s the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours. It’s an idea from the Eden Project who wondered back in 2009 what would happen if everyone in the UK sat down on one day a year and had lunch with their neighbours.
We’re really keen to see more folk in Scotland join the thousands of communities across the UK who will be holding local events and street parties on Sunday 1 June this year.
So why not sign up for a free pack and knock on doors in your community to bring the party to where you stay?