More than 8000 unique post-codes from all across the United Kingdom were registered on the Big Lunch website
Analysing the post-codes against the Multiple Deprivation Index showed: Big Lunches were spread fairly evenly from the most deprived to the least deprived areas in the UK.
It is very encouraging that The Big Lunch is very diverse in its appeal and can help the poorest communities where it is most needed.
England (total of 6786 valid postcodes)
Quintile % of Big Lunches
Most deprived 15%
2 nd most deprived 20%
2 nd least deprived 21%
Least deprived 21%
Bonding with neighbours is the major driver of this interest, particularly for the oldest segment of the population. The younger ones like the concept of street parties while those older think it would fulfill some practical interest Reasons for potential Interest and non interest Base: All non aware interested (399), I'd like to get to know my neighbours better I would feel happier knowing more of my neighbours I think we all need to live more locally I like street parties It's practical to share with neighbours It saves money to share with neighbours Males Females 16-24 25-34 35-54 55-64 65+ 62% 64% 65% 64% 57% 57% 75% 57% 55% 45% 52% 62% 63% 57% 56% 58% 56% 57% 56% 48% 64% 38% 51% 55% 52% 45% 36% 22% 40% 46% 42% 37% 50% 50% 30% 25% 29% 26% 34% 29% 19% 20%
“ The Big Lunch has been a success, both in terms of how widely-spread and well-received the event was, as well as sparking some new valuable social networks for participants.”
“ The Big Lunch with its bottom up approach has managed to create a new sense of community across the fragmenting neighbourhoods of Britain, sparking new, sustainable networks of value for people.”
“ In an era of constrained public finances and complex social challenges, an era in which ‘doing more for less’ is more and more necessary, The Big Lunch’s lessons about how to make communities work better may prove to be essential.”