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Community stories

Everyone is part of a community and we want to share their stories.

Emily smiling at the camera with a plate of vegetables.

Reducing waste with the Cherwell Collective

March 12, 2023

Emily Connally is the founder of Cherwell Collective, a community interest company using the principles of a circular economy to empower local people to…

Two children draped in a Union Jack flag smiling at the camera. One has their face painted.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council

March 22, 2023

Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) is one of the smallest London Boroughs with a population of 183,544. The council has been supporting The Big Lunch…

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Portsmouth City Council

April 21, 2023

Portsmouth City Council is a unitary authority representing the UK's only island city, and one of the most densely populated areas in the UK…

Group of people around a table outside smiling with their hands in the air for the Belfast City Church Big Lunch

Bringing Christian values to life with The Big Lunch

May 18, 2022

Community is at the heart of everything that City Church Belfast does. It's home to a foodbank, shared community space, cafe and gardens, and…

“Running a marathon was only the start of my story”

January 12, 2022

When Kerrie Aldridge decided to take up running, she didn’t realise that her new hobby would see her inspire people all over the world…

Children eating pizza around a table in a garden

Saving the planet, one Big Lunch at a time!

October 12, 2021

After organising her first Big Lunch in 2009, Diane from Warton has been bringing her community together for an annual day of community celebration…

South Willesborough and Newtown Community Council

March 22, 2023

The Council formally came into being in May 2019, and represents both the village of Willesborough and the suburb of Newtown. It is run…

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The inspiring people behind our IVAR research report

July 11, 2022

In 2021, we worked with the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) to create a report on the impact and legacy of The Big…

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Celebrating communities at the Big Jubilee Lunch

January 18, 2022

Sonia Hearld’s community journey started in 2009 when she and her neighbours joined forces to campaign against increasing volumes and speed of traffic through…

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Community spirit in bloom

November 2, 2021

After being unable to socialise with her neighbours due to the pandemic, Lauren brought her community together for their very first Big Lunch!

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Saying thank you with a Big Lunch

September 9, 2021

In 2021, a very special Big Lunch took place in Chiswick to thank volunteers at the ‘Fight Hunger Feed Hope’ Food Bank.

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Creating a flourishing community

August 17, 2021

When mum of two Helen Alves noticed a lack of activities in her area for young families during lockdown, she decided to take action and start her own initiative…