Big Lunch Extras is a training programme from the Eden Project in Cornwall, funded by the Big Lottery Fund. It helps volunteers to run projects that will bring about positive change in their community, anything from community gardens and energy co-ops, to befriending schemes and cafes.
It follows the hugely successful Big Lunch initiative – the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours which started in 2009 and is becoming an annual tradition in many communities.
Big Lunch Extras starts with a free, all expenses paid, three-day residential event at the Eden Project, offering inspirational speakers, workshops, tours and the chance to network with other people on the programme.
This is followed by a series of one-day road-shows across the country, to help develop skills and keep up the momentum. But it doesn’t end there: throughout the process a team of ‘Catalysts’ provide support as you develop your ideas.
Who can apply?
Big Lunch Extras is for individuals in the UK wishing to start a community initiative or take existing projects to the next level. When you apply, you are asked to tell a bit about yourself so they can make sure it’s right for you. It’s not designed for professionals working within the sector, but the organisers are always interested in hearing about potential speakers at their events!
When are the events?
The residential weekends at the Eden Project will take place regularly until July 2015. Apply now for your place on the following camps:
April: 17th – 20th
May dates TBC but applications accepted now
July dates TBC but applications accepted now
How to apply? In two quick and easy steps
The form is short and simple to complete. Organisers just need to know who you are, what you do, what skills you want to gain and a bit about the community project you have in mind. If you need any help along the way, please contact the organisers and they’ll get in touch as soon as they can to help you!