23 April 2015: Devolution, neighbourhoods, a guest post from The Big Lunch team and neighbourhood news
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Thursday 23 April 2015

Big Lunch, neighbourhoods and devolution

Did you know that 4.83 million people took part in The Big Lunch event last year? This month we have a guest post from Emma Smith of The Big Lunch team describing some of the ways people have found that organising a Big Lunch has helped them get other things started in their community too. Read Emma's post on the NANM web site. See below for information about how to get hold of this year's Big Lunch pack with ideas, tips and resources to help you organise your own Big Lunch. Big Lunch Extras grew out of The Big Lunch as a follow-on programme. They are currently inviting applications for the next two of their three-day Big Lunch Extra camps at the Eden Project. Again, details of how to book a place are below. Both The Big Lunch packs and Big Lunch Extra camps are free, with support from the Big Lottery.
NANM’s recent ‘Devolution: single or double?’ event prompted some really interesting discussions. You can find out more about the day here, and we plan to use the themes explored to write a short briefing note. The relationship between regional devolution and empowered neighbourhoods, and the role of local authorities and their partners in both, is definitely an area we want to explore further. If you have thoughts or are working on projects that you think are relevant do let us know, particularly if you fancy writing a short article for the web site.
We hope you enjoy this edition of the Newswire. Do let us know if you have a story to share or suggestions of other news to feature.

Ben, Paul and Sarah
The NANM team

Neighbourhoods in the news

Neighbourhood approaches
Leeds City Council has extended a collaborative approach to improving housing standards and targeting empty properties to another area of the city. Read more on the Leeds City Council web site.
Toolkits and training
The Big Lunch pack is a free resource to help communities get started in organising their Big Lunch. It contains posters, invitations, stickers, speedy salad seeds and lots of tips and extra info. It is available through the web site or by calling 0845 850 8181.

Big Lunch Extras, a follow-on programme to The Big Lunch, is a programme of support to help people run community projects – like community food groups, shared gardens, sewing groups and energy co-ops – anything that creates positive change in communities. It starts with a three-day residential ‘camp’ at the Eden Project. It is also free. To find out more visit web site or email Kate.

The Action Pack for High Streets has been produced to help retailers and communities looking to kick start their local high street and town centres. Its guides are short, jargon free and packed full of ideas to get things going. Visit the Great British High Street web site to find out more.
What can communities do to cultivate the ‘background hum’ of sociability that is associated with neighbourliness? That was the question JRF set out to explore in ‘Landscapes of Helping: Kindliness in Neighbourhoods and Communities’ which studied informal helping – or neighbourliness – in Hebden Bridge in order to try and understand how it can be fostered in communities. Find out more on the JRF web site.

What would our energy system look like if the move to a low-carbon society wasn’t left to governments and big energy companies but was instead led by civil society? A consortium of researchers from across nine UK universities think local authorities should develop their role as energy service companies to form a ‘civic’ energy sector. Read more on The Conversation web site.

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