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Community stories

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

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A tale of re-connection at Community Camp

July 30, 2021

Community Camp is all about making connections: bringing like-minded people from across the UK together to be inspire, educate, and share with one another.

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Neighbours – for the good times and the sad

March 27, 2023

A tribute to three much loved residents. Written by Emma Parsons-Reid Back in 2004, my husband Kevin and I moved to a little cul…

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How volunteers keep their community nourished at Wigton Food Pantry

June 3, 2021

Diane Blackburn is a volunteer at Wigton Food Pantry, a food project and charity that has inspired a group of local people to keep…

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We’re transforming neglected areas into community spaces

April 21, 2021

Grow N22 is a community project in North London which transforms unlikely, disused and neglected spaces across Haringey into vibrant community gardens and growing…

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Carlisle Council

April 21, 2021

Carlisle, the 'urban capital' of the County of Cumbria in NW England, has a council which has been supportive of The Big Lunch since…

How we brought isolated people together — with coffee and a caravan!

April 21, 2021

Ann Osborn is the Director of the Rural Coffee Caravan in Suffolk. The mobile community cafe and information centre helps to alleviate isolation in…

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How tragedy inspired Laura to bring her community together with a Big Lunch

April 21, 2021

Laura has lived on Spencer Road, Northampton, for years, but like many in the UK, she’s never really known her neighbours - until recently.…

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How ‘the Eden effect’ changed our community forever

April 21, 2021

Herbalist Maria Billington got the impetus to take on a community space from the council after attending a Community Camp at the Eden Project.…

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Building healthy, harmonious communities with The Big Lunar Lunch

October 28, 2019

In 2018, the trustees of the Welsh Muslim Cultural Foundation in Cardiff decided to share their culture with the wider community to showcase what…

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My Festive Open House

December 31, 2018

Lindsey, our Programme Director, is on the road so much she doesn't often have time to meet or speak to her neighbours. In Christmas…

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Learn with Grandma: a project to close the digital age gap

September 29, 2017

Valerie Wood-Gaiger is a 76-year-old great granny living in the Welsh hills. Like many people, she likes to make the most of her older…

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How I organised my first Big Lunch

March 30, 2017

Big Lunches are great fun but we know taking the first steps toward organising one can be a little daunting: even our own team…