The Big Lunch after lockdown

New research reveals more than half of the UK population has some anxiety about socialising without restrictions, with 10% going as far as to say they are scared.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 3:40 pm

However, one local woman is encouraging people in the Causeway Coast and Glens area to participate in a community event to ease that nervousness.

Grainne McCloskey, who lives in Glenariff, is Northern Ireland manager for Eden Project Communities and said: “This year, there are so many people feeling vulnerable about getting back out in our communities, we can all do a little bit to help encourage and ease that nervousness.

“I encourage everyone to register your commitment to take part in The Big Lunch and do something positive however small to connect people where you live.

Elaine Livingstone of Tickled Pink with Grainne McCloskey from the Big Lunch

“From a cupcake with a neighbour to a community litter pick, decorated street or social distanced lunch, everything goes. We can all take part and help build back community where we live. There are now more reasons than ever to make time for each other.

“So let kindness shine, share thanks and have some fun with The Big Lunch 2021.”

The Big Lunch, an idea from the Eden Project, supported by The National Lottery and Iceland Foods, attracts millions of people across the UK each year.

This year, there are more reasons than ever to get together so why not have a Big Lunch and start connecting where you live.

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The Big Lunch is the UK’s annual big date to celebrate and give thanks to our neighbours and communities.