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A bumper Month of Community

June is a big month for us here at Eden Project Communities...

June kicked off a whole Month of Community, where we celebrated everything that makes our communities great.  

We believe that we’re better together. The Month of Community is an opportunity to bring our neighbourhoods closer, give back, and shine a light on the amazing communities we live in.

There were plenty of community events and celebrations across the UK, and opportunities to support a variety of charities and causes.

Get a taste of what happened below!

Highlights from our partners

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Lucy Scott, who runs Lil's Food Parlour, wearing a Big Lunch apron, surrounded by a big group of cheering people, in West Heath community centre.
Lucy Scott, who runs Lil’s Food Parlour, held a Big Lunch at West Heath Community Centre, Birmingham.

Organise a Big Lunch

Anytime in June

Holding a Big Lunch is the perfect way to celebrate the Month of Community – a chance to get together and celebrate everything that makes your community great. Big Lunches help to:

  • reduce loneliness and isolation
  • build community connections
  • fundraise for your community
  • say thank you to your neighbours or volunteers

Sign up for your pack

Month of Community events

A little taste of the events that were on offer for the Month of Community. Our partners ran amazing things all throughout the month – just head to their websites to find out more.



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Loneliness Awareness Week

12 – 18 June 2023

Hosted by Marmalade Trust, Loneliness Awareness Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of loneliness and get people talking about it.

The theme this year was ‘connection’ – encouraging everyone to harness little moments of everyday connection.

Get involved with Loneliness Awareness Week

Our resources to reduce loneliness and isolation

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Great Big Green Week

10-18 June 2023

The Great Big Green Week is the UK’s biggest ever celebration of community action to tackle climate change and protect nature.

Every year, people come together to unleash a wave of support for action to protect the planet. Tens of thousands of people in every corner of the country celebrate the heartfelt, brave, everyday actions being taken to stand up for nature and fight climate change.

Take part in the Great Big Green Week

Our tips to make your community greener

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The Great Get Together

23-25 June 2023

The Great Get Together celebrates what unites us and rejects division, inspired by Jo Cox’s message that we have more in common than that which divides us.

A Great Get Together can be any event that brings people together, including holding a Big Lunch! Some suggestions from the organisers include:

Find all the resources you need in their organiser toolkit.

Organise a Great Get Together

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Volunteers’ Week

1-7 June 2023

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering in their communities.

We’ve got lots of tips on recruiting, managing and celebrating volunteers, how to start volunteering and loads of inspiring volunteer stories!

Support with volunteering

More on Volunteers’ Week

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June is also known as Pride month, and we have written a blog with our top advice to help you be an ally to any group that has faced marginalisation.

Being an ally is about much more than believing in equality and being anti-discriminatory. It’s actively supporting LGBTQ+ people through every day actions as a straight/heterosexual person. You can also be an ally to people of colour as a white person, or a disability ally even though you might not be disabled yourself. 


I want to be an ally

And there’s more…

Have a Grow Day

3-4 June

Have a Grow Day is a national celebration of all things community growing, run by Social Farms and Gardens.

If you’re part of a community garden, city farm, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), care farm or anything else, why not get involved? Social Farms and Gardens have put together a pack to help you get started.

Find out more

Neighbourhood Watch Week

3 – 9 June

Neighbourhood Watch Week took place between Saturday 3 and Friday 9 June – the theme this year was Making This a Better Place to Live.

They’re encouraging everyone to:

  • get active in their local area
  • invite others to join
  • celebrate local volunteers with their Volunteer Recognition Awards

Get involved with Neighbourhood Watch Week

Carers’ Week

5 – 11  June

Carers’ Week took place from Monday 5 to Sunday 11 June. This year’s theme was recognising and supporting carers in the community. 

As part of the week, people took part in the ‘I care’ campaign, where they showed support for the carers in their lives.


Say ‘I care’ about carers

Small Charity Week

19 – 23 June

Small Charity Week celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector.

It took place from Monday 19 to Friday 23 June.


Windrush Day

22 June

First officially recognised as a day of celebration in 2017, Windrush Day takes place on 22 June each year to mark the anniversary of the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush on 22 June 1948. This year is the 75th anniversary.

Windrush Day highlights the amazing legacy of the Windrush Generation to British society.

Events took place throughout the UK, and there are also free teaching resources for schools.

Care Home Open Week

26 June – 2 July

Care Home Open Week took place from Monday 26 June – Sunday 2 July and is all about connecting communities.

They hope to show what care homes have to offer, showcase the job opportunities in the care sector and encourage greater community engagement.

More on Care Home Open Week

There are so many more amazing charities supporting the Month of Community

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