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 connect people through our events, experiences and networks, encouraging everyday people to make positive change where they live.  

We undertake research to understand what's happening in our communities, to highlight why what we do is 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

Our Closing the Distance Between Us report 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 cup cakes and miles of bunting. Read more here

‘I’m speechless at how it’s developed. I’d lived in my street for 35 years but hardly knew anybody before — now you find people all over the place who you know because of The Big Lunch.’ - David Head

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

'I started to believe that what I do is important, it does matter and I do make a positive difference to my community. I felt really valued and empowered and was filled with enthusiasm to do things even better.'


The Cost of Disconnected Communities 

This research 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.

'‘I am part of a movement! There are lots of people doing great things, who are inspiring and strong and motivational — I feel reinvigorated!’ - Madeleine Ellis-Peterson 

Find out more about why it matters, and meet some inspiring people who've done amazing things in their communities.