Who we work with

The work we do relies on support from funders and supporters who help us to reach people and support them in doing good things. We'd like to say thank you for all the support we receive and if you would like to become a supporter, sponsor or help by funding some of the work we do, please get in touch with our Partnerships Manager Hannah.

Our funder

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK, using money raised by National Lottery players to help communities across the UK to achieve their ambitions.

The Big Lottery Fund has been our partner since 2010.  We're delighted to be working with them because they share many of our values and we have a common goal in wanting to provide support and opportunities that will enable communities to be happy and to thrive.

In this spirit, in 2018 the Big Lottery Fund committed almost £8million of National Lottery funding to a four year joint project with us.  This money allows us to deliver and grow our two flagship annual events - The Big Walk and The Big Lunch - which actively bring people together and connect over 10 million people to their local communities.

The Big Walk showcases the incredible strength and work of communities up and down the country, while The Big Lunch is the largest gathering of neighbours in the UK. Both create great new opportunities for people to build connections, spark friendships and lay the foundations that enable communities to thrive.

We're immensely proud of what we've already achieved with these great celebratory events.  Through our ongoing partnership with the Big Lottery Fund, the hard work of our team at Eden and the money raised by National Lottery players, we're on a mission to help the UK rediscover its sense of neighbourliness and community - and helping millions of people to have fun along the way. 

Our partners

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The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 52 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace.

In April 2018, the UK will host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting where leaders from across the Commonwealth will gather in London and Windsor.

With the theme of 'Towards a Common Future' they will work to create a more prosperous, secure, sustainable and fair future for the Commonwealth's 2.4 billion citizens, particularly its young people.

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Limelight are the agency of the active world. They work with global brands to bring active experiences to people around the globe, creating real-life and online communities where participants can connect and share those experiences. Limelight bring campaigns to life by combining project management, marketing, technology and event experience solutions. We're so glad they're on board for The Big Walk! 

Patchwork lets friends contribute cash, time and skills to organise a group gift or event.  We are very excited to partner with them this year to help Big Lunchers share Big Lunch plans with their neighbours and community and invite them to help make it happen - piece by piece.

Our supporters

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Emmaus is a homelessness charity with a difference. They don’t just give people a bed for the night; they offer a home, meaningful work and a sense of belonging.

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Action for Happiness is a movement of people dedicated to building a happier society, which is exactly what we want to happen. Read more about how The Big Lunch can make communities happier.

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Grow Wild believe that together we can transform where we live and that sowing native wild flowers can make a difference - bringing neighbourhoods together, connecting people to nature and boosting our wellbeing. We agree!

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In 2012 and 2013 we worked with MHCLG (formerly DCLG) who provided funding to help us engage new areas across England where there was no Big Lunch activity.  MHCLG continue to support us today and have released updated guidance on organising a street party, encouraging communities to get together and celebrate.

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The Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS) represents recycling and re-use organisations across Scotland and they support us in helping to create sustainable communities. 

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By 2020 one third of the UK’s population will be over 60 and Age UK works tirelessly to ensure this segment of society is not overlooked. We work together to ensure that what we do is as inclusive to older people as possible.

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The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) champions the voluntary sector and volunteering. Their vision is a society where we can all make a difference to the causes that we believe in.

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PTA-UK has been a strong supporter of The Big Lunch for a number of years now and encourages schools and PTAs to get involved each year — thank you for your support!

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Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbours and your community. Like us, Nextdoor believe that the neighbourhood is one of the most important and useful communities in a person's life. Big thanks to them for spreading the message of The Big Lunch to neighbours across the UK!

tpas encourage and support their members to get involved in The Big Lunch.  If you're a member, take a look at their Resource Hub for hints and tips on how to run a Big Lunch!

The Challenge is the UK's leading charity for building a more integrated society, a society in which there is understanding and appreciation of each other’s differences. Sounds like a really good idea to us!

We join Community Christmas in believing that no person in the UK should be alone on Christmas Day unless they want to be. Community Christmas encourages people to make sure everyone has company.

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The Uk’s #1 crowdfunding website, where ideas happen. With crowdfunding you can use the power of a crowd of people to help you raise funds to get your project or idea started.


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Fun Palaces is a campaign for culture at the heart of communities - and an invitation to have a Fun Palace in your community to encourage everyone to get stuck into art and science . We love the idea!

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Rotary is all about communities: big, little, urban, rural, wherever they may be. Contact your local club and be prepared for a warm welcome and get ready to help out with great stuff that’s going on near you.

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Neighbourhood Watch believes everyone has the right to feel safe where they live and promotes that right by helping build strong, friendly, active communities where crime and anti-social behaviour are less likely to happen.

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The Inter Faith Network for the UK works with its 200 member bodies to promote inter faith understanding and cooperation in the UK.

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Streetbank is an online site that helps you share things with your neighbours – anything from a cup of sugar to an offer of cutting the hedges! It was set up with the idea that communities that help each other are closer, nicer, and friendlier to live in.

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Supporting Communities champions tenant and community participation by developing groups, supporting active citizenship and building cohesive communities. 

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Power to Change is an independent charitable trust set up to support community businesses to create better places across England. Thanks to funding from them, we provide events and resources to support people starting out and developing Community Business ideas to help make them a reality.

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Sustrans makes smarter travel choices possible, desirable and inevitable. They also work to give children the freedom and confidence to play outdoors - which we think is just great!

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Volunteer Now works to connect with individuals and organisations to build healthy communities and create positive change in Northern Ireland.