Next year in May The Big Lunch, an idea for the Eden Project made possible by the National Lottery, will bring together a team of walkers to visit and shine alight on thriving community projects right across the UK. The search is now on for eight community-minded people to take part in 2019.
The walk teams will step out on four routes starting on Friday 17th May, visiting people and communities on the countdown to The Big Lunch culminating on the weekend of 1st & 2nd June.
Over two weeks the team will set off on a journey across Scotland, Northern Ireland,Wales and England to chit-chat with the nation and shine a light on the extraordinary things that ordinary people do to bring people together where they live.
Peter Stewart, Executive Director of The Big Lunch said: “We’re looking for friendly folk who love to bring people together as much as we do. We’re going out across the UK to celebrate the positive and amazing people at the heart of our communities; so if you’re passionate about community and fancy joining us for a stroll next May, it’s time to apply now!”
The Big Lunch walkers will visit over 100 community projects and initiatives, to meet people and celebrate the inspiring stories from neighbourhoods, many of whom hold Big Lunches or are already involved in community activities.
Angus McLeod, Big Lunch walk participant 2018 said: “Every day of the experience was challenging, physically, mentally and emotionally. I met so many people and travelled through so many different places that even now, after the event, it’s difficult to put the full experience succinctly into words. Add to this, a visit to the Eden Project in Cornwall for induction and training and meeting so many people across the country who are engaged in fantastic community work of all types and I haven’t even scratched the surface of what the experience was like. My advice if you’re thinking about applying is “Go for it! You’ll comeback a better person for the experience.”
The walkers will gather and share Big Lunch tips, hints, recipes and craft ideas to inspire others so that anyone and everyone can learn easy ways to help them bring their own neighbourhood closer together.
The community walkers will also join the Eden Project Communities team for an additional two weekends in March when town centre pop up activities will be taking place in locations across the UK to raise awareness of the Big Lunch and encourage people to get involved and join in.
Are you ready for a challenge that could change your life? The walkers will need to be physically and mentally fit as this will be a hugely rewarding, but also challenging and demanding experience. If you would like to take part, visit the Eden Project website for more information: www.edenprojectcommunities.com/communitywalk or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
To watch a video from last year’s walk, see: https://youtu.be/wWAPHW5TnuY