The Big Lunch idea appeals to something that we all feel intuitively – that it feels right to know who we live beside and that we can gain a sense of well-being from being connected to our communities.
Making these connections helps to build social capital – the idea that interactive networks between people have great value – and that social capital can help us all face society’s bigger challenges.
The Big Lunch is inclusive to all communities and is helping to build social capital in the areas where it is needed most.
Download a full copy of The Big Lunch Feeding Community Spirit here.
Make social isolation history
Many of us in the UK lead lonely lives, and The Big Lunch can be a great excuse to get out and meet the people who we share a street, road, estate or block of flats with.
Statistics on social isolation
The stats don’t make easy reading but if we want to turn them around, we need to see them:
Two million more single-person households by 2019.
More rich, poor and ethnic ghettos than ever before.
7% annual drop in trust between neighbours from 2003-05.
Social trust in the UK halved and now among the lowest in Europe.
Why we need to get together
You might think a street party is the last thing you’d do to tackle crime, domestic violence, homelessness or children in poverty. But, it really can be the start of facing up to some tough issues.
Big Lunch gallery
See great photos of Big Lunches across the UK and beyond.