Let’s get together with our local community

Join millions of others across the UK and sit down to have lunch with your neighbours as part of The Big Lunch on Sunday 3rd June 2018.

Let’s get together with our local community

Stockport Council is encouraging residents to sign up to the Big Lunch as a chance to get communities together and tackle loneliness and isolation.

A recent study by The Co-op and the British Red Cross showed over 9 million people in the UK across all adult ages – more than the population of London – are either always or often lonely, and a poll earlier this year highlighted that 83% of us wouldn’t recognise all our neighbours in a police line-up and the majority of us have a stronger sense of belonging to our workplace (60%) than our neighbourhood (48%).

Find out more and register your big lunch at www.thebiglunch.com

On 22-24 June, the ‘Great Get Together’ – an event fronted by the Jo Cox Foundation – is taking place across the country.

The weekend marks the second anniversary of the tragic death of Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox on 16 June 2016.

However, the Jo Cox foundation and a range of organisations are determined to make the anniversary a positive fixture, where neighbours from all backgrounds to get together, share food, build bridges and make new friends.

If you want to organise an event, further information or register your event, visit www.greatgettogether.org. Registrants will receive kit full of tips and ideas.

Residents who are holding a big lunch or a street party will need to apply for permission from the Council at www.stockport.gov.uk/streetparties, where they can apply for a temporary road closure at no charge.

The Council will try to accommodate all requests and applications can be processed up to 3 weeks before the actual event.

Caroline Simpson, Corporate Director for Place at Stockport Council, said: “These two events are a great opportunity for residents across the borough to get together and celebrate what unite us. By getting to know our neighbours and strengthening our communities we can create more united, inclusive and resilient borough.”