About

“The future is ours to invent. Let’s create a world we want to live in.” Dr Tony Kendle, Eden Project

Our Mission

To bring people together and encourage them to actively engage with one another and the places where they live.  We have a vision of a world full of happier and healthier communities where people know one another and neighbourhoods thrive.

Why?

To tackle the greatest issues facing humanity, we need strong and resilient communities, yet societies are becoming increasingly fragmented.  Based on the belief that we are better equipped to tackle challenges when we face them together we are building social capital for our collective future.

Our work with communities helps us give people a sense of agency so that everyone can get involved and feel like they belong in their community, wherever they live.

Our Guiding principles

  • Create opportunities for people to share more, connect with others, and have fun.
  • Support and encourage people to get involved where they live.
  • Build greater empathy between people and communities.
  • Celebrate the human and the everyday.
  • Champion inclusivity and celebrate diversity.
  • Make The Big Lunch a national shared moment that unites us, our neighbourhoods and communities.

What we do

The Big Lunch

We started with a very simple idea from the Eden Project. What if, on one day a year, people came together with their communities and shared a meal?

And so, in 2009, The Big Lunch was born. It’s the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours and its grown ten-fold since then, each year getting bigger and better as millions of people take to their streets, gardens and neighbourhoods to join in for a few hours of community, friendship, and fun.

The Big Lunch connects people and encourages friendlier, safer neighbourhoods where people start to share more – from conversations and ideas, to skills and resources, and, for some, it ignites a passion for doing more good things where they live. It's the first weekend in June each year, pop it in your diary and find out more.

Community Camps

At Community Camps, we support and encourage people to create positive change where they live, and through our community network our team support over 1,500 people who are delivering community-led projects across the UK.

The Network

Across the UK, people are coming together to encourage positive changes in their communities.

Whether you run a community project, or you've just got an idea you want to take forward, you can join our network and connect with like-minded folk who can help you achieve your community goals.

You can also join our free online workshop series exploring all sorts of ideas and opportunities to help you on your way.

Community Action Response

The Community Action Response is led by a group of organisations from different sectors with the joint aim to encourage everyone to do what they can to support their communities, and particularly vulnerable and isolated people, during the Covid-19 crisis and beyond.

It was created because of the unprecedented challenge that Covid-19 presents for people in every neighbourhood in the UK. Together, we are calling for everyone to take steps that will help communities cope through the worst of this virus. Find out more about this initative, our partners, and our resources, here!

We are inspired by the belief that people are capable of changing things for the better, and through creating Eden we’ve learnt what ingenuity, resourcefulness, hope, and determination can do.

The challenges our society and planet face will demand the best from all of us and the ability to work together. Through small and simple actions like The Big Lunch, people are transforming the places they live and strengthening their communities: ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

So join our movement to change our world!