What's happening in October?

Coloured pencils.

1–31 October

Do you love to draw, or think you can't? The Big Draw Festival is your opportunity to join a global community in celebrating the universal language of drawing. So get a pencil in hand and join in some experimental drawing activities in your area!

Photo of Fun Palace illustration

3–4 October

Fun Palaces is an ongoing campaign supporting culture at the heart of every community, with an annual weekend of arts and science action created by, for and with local people

Virtual cuppa image

5 October

From small things to big things, make someone's day by doing something nice: compliment a busy shop assistant or buy someone a coffee. You're guaranteed to put a smile on their face.

6 October, 12pm

What makes a ‘good life’? What really makes us happy? And how can we learn to live well within the planet’s natural limits?

Come and join us from your sofa, to chat these big questions through with other community minded folks from all over the country!

This will be a friendly, casual space for open discussion and sharing ideas over a cuppa.

Register for free here.

6 October, 6pm

Do you want to meet more community minded people near you? Come along and join us for this casual, regular networking session, providing an opportunity to meet other community do-ers, talk about projects and ideas, ask questions, seek support and build connections with others across the Midlands & East of England!

Please click here to register and select the date(s) you would like to join.

7 October 10:30am-1:30pm - Efail Isaf, South Wales.

Join the fourth in our series of small outdoor get-togethers across Wales. On Thursday 7th October we’ll head to the village of Efail Isaf to their newly developed community garden for a bit of chatting, touring and optional light gardening and cake. We’d love to see you there. 

Find out more and register here.

10 October 

A day to think about mental health and how you could mobilise others to do the same.

12 October, 7.30pm

Join the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) and Eden Project Communities for the second event in the series, 'Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth?'. We're also excited to be joined by an additional co-host for this event: the Leeds Festival of Kindness, Compassion and Wellbeing. During this webinar we explore how bringing communities together to tackle climate change can help to lower emissions while at the same time increasing wellbeing.

Register for free here.

15 October, 12.30pm

Join us to kick off World Food Day celebrations a day early. This will be an informal online get together, and a great chance to network and connect over lunch with other like-minded people.

Hope to see you there - and remember to bring your lunch along!

Register for free here.

A healthy salad being made.
World Food Day

16 October

To celebrate World Food Day we’ll be hosting a number of events across the UK and online on and around 16 October. From sharing food in the North West of England, a 3 course online chat in Wales and foraging in the South West. We’ll also host an online networking session over lunch for people across the UK to join on Friday 15th October. Keep your eyes peeled as we’ll be sharing them all soon.

A table covered in different types of food.
World Food Day Get Together

16 October, 12:00pm - The Kings Arms Community Hub, 11 Bloom St, Salford M3 6AN

A buffet lunch celebrating World Food Day with Eden Project Communities Network Members from across Greater Manchester. Bringing our communities together to celebrate the joy of good food and our diverse projects and work that happens in our area. The lunch is an hour with a chance to network during and after.

To attend, please email Paul.

Graphic showing Pop In and Power Up

18 – 24 October - Ballymena Tower Centre, Northern Ireland

We are running a pop up shop, encouraging community conversations and inviting local volunteers to Pop In and Power Up. We will have lots of ideas, fun activity and little give aways to power up community action. We would love you to come and to see if you'd find it a useful platform to promote your community action.

To book, please email Grainne.

Tracey Robbins

20 October,  3-4pm - Ballymena Tower Centre, Northern Ireland

Tracey Robbins will speak on Neighbourly Approaches to Loneliness. Tracey leads the project management and delivery of Eden Project Communities UK wide, working with communities and enabling people to create positive change where they live. Prior to this, Tracey led Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s programme ‘Neighbourhood approaches to loneliness’, a place based action research programme working with local people to explore what causes and reduces loneliness. This session will consider loneliness in the context of community and neighbourhood.

To attend, please email Grainne.

23 October, 12-4pm - Dundee, Scotland

Our Scottish team have been travelling across the country, reconnecting with our Community Network members all across the country. Our final Community Network Gathering is taking place in Dundee on 23 October (exact location TBC). If you’d like to join us for a wee chat, meet some new people and be inspired to get more active in your community, we’d love to see you there!

Find out more and register here.

26 October, 7.30pm

Join the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) and Eden Project Communities for the finale event in the series, 'Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth?' While there are important steps we can take on both personal and community levels to address the climate emergency, it is clear that bigger, systemic change is also needed to enable us to alter the current global climate crisis. What are the systemic changes needed to support the wellbeing of people, planet and future generations? 

Register for free here.

27 October, 7-8.30pm

An online networking space for anyone across Wales to talk all things foodie and community. Bring along your favourite recipe to share and contribute to our shared digital recipe book. We'll chat about food sharing community projects. And, finally, we'll be joined by Mandy Davies for a short live cooking demonstration, along with a Q&A session about all the exciting foodie activities she gets up to, including lockdown videos for families, a cake making business and town wide street parties!

Register for free here.