This year, the NHS will be 70 years old! It's the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation's most loved institutions.
As part of the celebrations, The Big Lunch, an idea from the Eden Project made possible by the National Lottery, has teamed up with the #iwill campaign and NHS England to help more young people learn about the NHS and empower them to take part in improving the health of their communities. The #iwill campaign is a UK-wide movement that aims to make involvement in meaningful social action (e.g. fundraising, volunteering and campaigning) part of life for all 10–20-year olds by 2020.
Last year 9.3 million people took part in The Big Lunch connecting with each other through local events. The Big Lunch is a great way to celebrate something you are proud of, help people to get to know each other better and encourage people to start a conversation, but most of all it’s fun!
Whether you want to hold a Big Lunch as a way to spark conversations between young people and healthcare professionals, highlight the ways in which young people can make a difference in a healthcare setting, or simply as a way to celebrate NHS70 we’ve put some resources together to get you started, including Your Guide to The Big Lunch, posters and invites, and games and conversation starters.
NHS70 creates an exciting opportunity to capture the imagination of young people and empower them to make a difference to health and social care in their local communities. Youth social action in a healthcare setting can improve patient experience; act as a valuable introduction to a range of career options in the NHS, and improve the health and wellbeing of both the young people involved and their communities.