Time for neighbours to party together

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BIG plans are in place to strengthen Wigan’s communities.

On June 5, neighbours from across the borough will be getting together to rekindle the community spirit many feel is dwindling.

The Big Lunch is a one-day event which encourages neighbourhoods to get together in the spirit of community, friendship and fun and is now in its third year.

Helen Bullough, North West head of the Big Lottery Fund which funds the event, explains the problems Wigan neighbourhoods face.

She said: “Research was carried out into attitudes towards community across the UK.

“Over a third of people here in the North West do not actively communicate with their neighbours. Less than half feel there is a strong sense of community in the towns and villages where we live, and one in four would not describe their neighbourhood as friendly.”

Campaign director Jason Pollock believes the event can challenge these views,. He said: “The benefits of an event as simple as a street party can be incredible. We have all sorts of examples of neighbours across Wigan whose lives have changed as a result of coming together for just one afternoon.”

For details visit www.thebiglunch.com