Support for groups organising ‘Big Lunch’ events in Fermanagh
People across Northern Ireland are being urged to join the Big Lunch – a Lottery funded initiative designed to bring people closer together. It’s a chance for different generations and backgrounds to share stories, skills and experience, on the same day at the same time, over a good lunch. Community groups, businesses, charities, residents associations and local people are encouraged to raise the profile of their area by getting involved. The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many of the 61 million people in the UK as possible to have lunch with their neighbours once a year; it’s happening on Sunday 5 June 2011. Your event can be anything from a simple lunch in your garden to a huge street party. Here are just a few reasons why it’s good to sit down and eat with your community:
• To stoke up community spirit – ‘human warming’.
• To make the third of us who live alone feel happier, closer and friendlier.
• To show how local people can change a neighbourhood for good forever.
• To discover common ground across age, class, faith, race and the garden fence, and to remind ourselves that charity begins at home, or at most, a couple of doors away.
Fermanagh District Council can offer support to communities planning Big Lunch events through the Community Festivals Grant Aid Programme. The closing date for applications is 12.30 pm on Thursday 28 April 2011. For further information or an application form please contact Nuala Quinn on 028 66325050 or email [email protected].