Our research

Our work is all about bringing people together, with the aim to create happier and healthier communities, where people know one another and neighbourhoods thrive. 

We undertake research to understand what's happening in our communities, why they're so important and where we should be focusing our efforts.

Take a look at the research reports below to understand more about why connecting neighbours and communities is so vital. 

Closing the Distance Between Us

A major new report, commissioned by The Big Lunch, has identified a widening gap in the relationship between people and their neighbours that is damaging our mental and physical health and reducing the ability of communities to cope when crisis hits. You can read the full report, here

The Big Impact

Every year, The Big Lunch brings millions of people together in their neighbourhoods and communities to share food, have fun and get to know each other better.  It's a lot of fun, but the impact is deeper than the thousands of cakes and miles of bunting. Read more here

We're no Longer a Nation of Nattering Neighbours

Nattering with the neighbours is a thing of the past according to our survey, which reveals half of the population hasn’t chatted over the garden fence or outside their homes in at least a month and nearly 1 in 5 has never spoken to their neighbours at all. See more of the findings, here

The Cost of Disconnected Communities 

This research, commissioned by The Big Lunch and funded by the Big Lottery, reveals the annual cost to public services of social isolation and disconnected communities. Find out more about how disconnected communities could be costing the UK, here.