Eden Project invites Newry people to build community with The Big Lunch 2019

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Friday, May 10th, 2019
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With less than 5 weeks to go,  14 communities in Newry have signed up for a free starter pack to join The Big Lunch 2019, among nearly 380 communities across Northern Ireland and thousands more in the UK and further afield. And more are joining every day.

In a recent poll of 4,000 people undertaken by The Big Lunch, over three quarters of all respondents in Northern Ireland (81%) felt that people are more disconnected from their neighbours than they were 20 years ago.

 

 

Nearly 70% of the population don’t feel they know their neighbours well. But in spite of this, 78% of the Northern Irish population think it is better for communities if we know our neighbours and 59% would say ‘yes’ if a neighbour invited them round for tea.

Some stats from the research showed that 1 in 5 of us has never spoken to our neighbours and 1 in 5 of us don’t feel we could call on anyone in our neighbourhood for help.

Almost three quarters of us wouldn’t introduce ourselves to a new neighbour or aren’t sure we’d even bother to say hello. Over 40% of us don’t know our neighbours names and half the population hasn’t chatted with a neighbour in the last month.

 

 

Every year since 2009, millions of people across the UK have come together for The Big Lunch on the first weekend of June to celebrate community, positivity and friendship, over lunch and a cuppa.

It is an initiative from the Eden Project made possible by the National Lottery that connects people and encourages friendlier, happier and safer neighbourhoods.

 

 

All it takes to get a Big Lunch started in your area is to register for a free pack, and to chat with a couple of people in your community to get the ball rolling.

Get your free pack at www.thebiglunch.com

 

 


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