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The Big Lunch this weekend

Lothian MSP Miles Briggs is encouraging people in the Lothian’s to get involved in the Big Lunch this weekend.

The Big Lunch is a simple idea from The Eden Project, made possible by the National Lottery Community Fund. It’s about getting together with neighbours and others in your community to share fun, food and friendship on the first weekend of June and I would like to encourage you to join in this year and plan a Big Lunch in your street, building, park, church, local school, beach, community centre – or anywhere else you like.

Martin Cawley, Director for Scotland at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “When people get together amazing things can happen and communities are able to thrive. The Big Lunch is about fun, food and friendship, but what we know is that the connections made are the building blocks for friendlier, safer and stronger communities. This is why we are using National Lottery funding to support this initiative and we hope that more people than ever will be involved in a Big Lunch this year.”

A Big Lunch doesn’t have to mean organising a huge street party. It can be as big or as small as you want it to be; as long as it’s bringing people from your neighbourhood and community together helping them to get to know each other. A Big Lunch is big because it’s happening all over the country and because it can lead to big changes for the better in the place where you live.

The Big Lunch began in 2009, and now, ten years on, tens of thousands of people take part in Scotland every year, and it has made a real difference to the communities where it took place. People have made new and lasting friendships and have gone on to do all sorts of things; from attending cultural events to starting up community projects of all shapes and sizes with people they met through a Big Lunch. People taking part also say they feel happier, safer and less lonely as a result.

Lothian MSP, Miles Briggs, said:

“This is an excellent initiative for getting to know your neighbours better and bringing communities together.

“Loneliness can have a huge impact on a person’s mental and physical health and reaching out to make contact with people in your community can have huge benefits for someone.”

Miles Briggs