Getting involved in The Big Lunch is easy as pie. We've put together a few ways in which you can hold a Big Lunch and how you can encourage others to join you.
1. Host a Big Lunch in your shop
Holding your Big Lunch in a shop will provide a common space that people will feel comfortable going to. Plus, you can already tick 'venue' off the list! Remember it isn't the size of The Big Lunch or how long it goes on for that matters, it's all about sharing food, having a bit of fun and getting to know people a little better. You could suggest a 2-hour window for a brunch or an afternoon tea, or have an open house all day for people to drop in, it really is up to you! We have plenty of information and resources to help.
2. Ask volunteers and staff to hold a Big Lunch to fundraise for your cause
Asking your volunteers and staff to hold a Big Lunch in their neighbourhood or community could be a perfect opportunity for them to spread the word about the work that the charity does, and to do a bit of fundraising. You can encourage them to put up posters in their local area and give out invitations. It's amazing what you can achieve when a group of people get together and what better excuse than an opportunity to raise money for a cause that matters to them over tea and cake.
3. Hold a Big Lunch to say thank you to your volunteers
Everyone likes to feel appreciated, so why not say a BIG thank you to your volunteers by getting them together for a Big Lunch? Big Lunch weekend marks the start of Volunteers' Week this year, which is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make.
4. Hold a Big Lunch to recruit new volunteers
You can even use your Big Lunch to recruit new volunteers. Ask other volunteers to join you and chat about their experience of volunteering over a bite to eat to encourage new people to get involved.
If this sounds like something that your charity would like to be a apart of, there's still time to sign up for your Big Lunch pack and start planning!