The Big Lunch Impact and Legacy

The value of community events

In May 2020, the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) was appointed to work with Eden Project Communities (EPC) to undertake research exploring the legacy of The Big Lunch.

Our main research question was: To what extent does attending a Big Lunch event contribute to an individual’s and a community’s lasting sense of local cohesion and, in turn, to the community wellbeing of a neighbourhood?

This report outlines findings from the research on the immediate and long-term impact of The Big Lunch, showcasing the value of community events and what we can learn from The Big Lunch example.

Farland Way Big Lunch case study
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Getting on the impact bandwagon
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Sparking place-based connections: Learning from The Big Lunch
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