Residents in South Bristol are invited to a ‘Big Lunch’ on Saturday 17 June outside @Symes Community Building on Peterson Avenue, Hartcliffe.
The lunch is being hosted by Avon and Somerset Police and Hartcliffe and Withywood Community Partnership (HWCP).
The Big Lunch is an annual event, run by the Eden Project, that encourages millions of people to get together with neighbours in a nationwide act of community.
The Big Lunch in Hartcliffe will run from 11am to 2pm and everyone is welcome to attend. There will be a whole host of activities on offer including a treasure hunt, craft activities, henna tattoos and a selfie corner as well as an opportunity to enjoy lunch with your neighbours.
Representatives from a number of local organisations including Vision BME, Dementia Support, Streets Alive, ACE and CASS will also be at the event.
The Big Lunch in Hartcliffe is being held to support Avon and Somerset Police’s ‘Hate has no home here’ campaign which was launched in March, across South Bristol, to promote tolerance, shame hate and to start a conversation about hate crime.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I welcome any opportunity that celebrates friendship and unites neighbourhoods. Communities who work together are stronger and safer and The Big Lunch is a great way of bringing people together.
“I can think of no better way to honour the memory of Jo Cox MP and her belief’s that we have far more in common than that which divides us. This was also the focus of our hate crime campaign in the area encouraging local people to say ‘Hate has no home here’.
“Big Lunches are taking place across Avon and Somerset and members of my team will be attending The Big Lunch in Hartcliffe. I hope that people will take the time to come along to meet their neighbours, enjoy some food, take part in activities and make new friends.”
Sarah Crew, Assistant Chief Constable, Avon and Somerset Police said: “The Big Lunch is the perfect opportunity to bring people together to celebrate their local community and to take the time to sit, eat and chat to their neighbours. We know more than half of victims and offenders of hate crime are within 2km of their homes when an offence takes place, on the way to local shops, school, parks and public transport stops. We also know that hate crime and other anti-social behaviours are less likely to be tolerated in communities that are united. That’s why it’s now more important than ever we come together to help build safer and stronger communities. We’re hoping lots of people take the opportunity to stop by and say hello on Saturday and perhaps get to know some of their neighbours a little better.”
Jim Hodgson, Community Partnership Manager, HWCP said: “We’re looking forward to bringing people together to socialise, have some fun, whilst also spreading an important message about hate crime and the impact it can have on individuals and the community as a whole.”
Posted on Thursday 15th June 2017