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New Year’s Resolutions for Us and Our Local Community

What do your New Year’s resolutions usually look like?

Do you always pledge to lose weight, get fitter, save more money, or learn something new?

It’s not that these aren’t positive things to do, but 2020 was such a tough year that maybe in 2021, we should be a little bit easier on ourselves and make resolutions instead that restore ourselves, other people, and our community.

Make your wellbeing a priority in 2021

2020 was hard on our physical and mental wellbeing, so make 2021 the year you focus on looking after yourself properly. Eat well but don’t deprive yourself. If you hate the gym, find a mode of exercise you actually enjoy so you stick at it. Make time for self-care, whatever that looks like for you; it might be having a relaxing soak in the bath or even saying no to taking on more responsibilities when your plate is already full. Self-care is not selfish.

Get out in nature

The health benefits of getting out in nature are well-known and we are big advocates of this here at Big Local. During the summer, we held family walks and picnics so people could get the benefits of fresh air and exercise, and we were running our regular litter picks and sessions at our drop-in garden.

While a lot of this was affected by the Coronavirus restrictions, we’re lucky to live in an area where there are plenty of green spaces and beauty spots for us all to enjoy.

Check our Facebook page for updates in the new year on when we can hopefully get our litter picks and gardening activities started again.

Make more time for the things you enjoy

Many people found that the lockdown gave them the chance to slow down and spend more time doing things they enjoy, like spending more time with the family, cooking more, reading, or starting a new hobby. Make a promise to yourself to do more of what you enjoy in 2021.

Look out for others

One of the real positives we saw during the lockdown was that people in the community really came together and helped each other out. People went shopping for elderly or vulnerable neighbours who had to isolate. The local supermarkets donated an unbelievable amount of food and other goods to our #ReduceWaste project. People began to realise the sacrifices that NHS workers and other keyworkers were making just to keep others safe. Let’s keep this kindness going in 2021. Be kind to people you know are struggling. Offer to help without being asked. Ask yourself what can you do to make your part of the community a better place.

Get involved with Big Local

2020 made us all realise the importance of connection and what a difference we can make in our community if we all pull together. There are plenty of ways to join in with Big Local’s efforts to make our community a great place to live.

You could:

  • Help out with our successful #ReduceWaste food project.
  • Join in with one of our litter picks.
  • Contribute to our newsletter or help out with delivering it.
  • Get involved with the Friends of Elmfield Park group.
  • Become a pen pal to someone who is isolated or vulnerable.

And much more!

If you’d like to find out more about any of our opportunities to get involved and do something good for your local community, contact Kelly on 07879113748 or Ali on 07864721616 or send us a message on our Facebook page.

The Big Local Calendar

Our annual Big Local Calendar has been delivered and hopefully you’ll all make good use of it. Thank you to everyone who contributed to it.

Do you have a local business or event that you’d like to promote in next year’s calendar? Get in touch with Kelly on 07879113748 or at kelly@sptm.org.uk

All that’s left to say is that all of us at Big Local wish you all a happy and healthy 2021, and we’ll leave you with these lovely positive words from Councillor Flo Clucas, one of our Big Local partnership members;

Christmas for me is a time of hope, a time for giving, and a time for love. This year, I hope to see my family and give each of them a big hug to show them how much they mean to me, and how much I love and miss them.

We all make Christmas wishes, so my wish to everyone, is for a Happy Christmas and for a New Year full of hope for all. God bless.”

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Reduce Food Waste this Halloween With Big Local

Welcome to our very first Big Local blog!

On our blog, we want to let you know about all of the great things we do and about what you as a resident of St. Peter’s and The Moors can get involved in.

This month’s blog is all about reducing food waste and we’ve got some delicious Halloween-themed recipes for you, news on the success of our Reduce Waste food project, and some October half-term events you can get involved in.

Our Reduce Waste Project: A huge success

If you’ve been following Big Local on social media and coming to our Reduce Waste sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays, you’ll know that our Reduce Waste food project has been a huge success.

We never stopped during lockdown and were on hand to help anyone who needed it. Even though the Reduce Waste project has been running since September last year, we were able to step up our collections and distribution so we could support those who were most affected by COVID-19.

Here’s just how many people we helped during lockdown…and we’re not stopping there.

We’re still as passionate as ever about reducing food waste, so as well as continuing with our Reduce Waste sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays, and our Reduce Waste Great Taste cooking sessions for kids, we want to start sharing some recipes you can make from your leftovers.

Why should you care about food waste?

In the UK, we throw away about 4.5 million tonnes of perfectly edible food every single year. That seems like a shocking amount when you think about how many people find it difficult to feed their families. Here’s why you should care about food waste.

It saves money and makes your food go further

Times are tough for many people right now and sometimes it can be hard to make ends meet. According to Love Food, Hate Waste, an average family of four can save £60 per month, just by throwing less food away.

Things like leftover veg, bread, and much more can be used to make an extra few tasty meals to make your money go further.

Reducing food waste is good for the environment

When you throw food in the bin, a lot of it ends up sitting in landfill sites, rotting away and giving off greenhouse gases which contribute to global warming. By reducing your food waste, you’re doing your bit for the planet too.

Reduce your food waste this Halloween

Since it’s autumn now and Halloween is on the way, we wanted to share some recipe inspiration for what you can make with a Halloween favourite, the pumpkin.

We all enjoy carving them to make a spooky lantern, but most of us throw them away once Halloween is over. Instead of throwing yours in the bin this year, why not use the flesh to make some delicious food that the whole family will love?

Pumpkin Recipes

Recipe 1: Pumpkin Soup

Who doesn’t love a warming soup on colder days?

You can find the full recipe and instructions here, or if you prefer to follow along with a video, here’s one that our lovely Ali made earlier:

https://vm.tiktok.com/ZSHq76LY/

Recipe 2: Pumpkin Cake

The kids will love this tasty cake, why not get them involved with making it too?

You can find the full recipe and instructions here or if you prefer to follow along with a video, here’s another one of Ali’s amazing creations:

https://vm.tiktok.com/ZSHqw88K/

Join Big Local at Half-Term

Even though COVID-19 has restricted some of our plans, we’re still running some events during the half-term week that you can get involved with.

Numbers are restricted in line with government guidance and safety measures are in place, but we’d love you to come and join us!

Big Local Events- October Half-Term 2020*

Saturday 24th October

Litter Pick

Get stuck in and help keep our community clean and safe for everyone.

Time: 10am-11am

Location: Meet at the Big Local Stadium, Saracens Football Club.

Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th October

Reduce Waste Great Taste cooking sessions

Cooking sessions for kids aged 8-12. They’ll make meals they can take home and share with the family, using food from our Reduce Waste food project.

Time: 2pm-3pm

Location: Gas Green Youth and Community Centre.

Thursday 29th October

Halloween Hunt

Hunt for spooky clues in the park at our Halloween event that’s fun for all the family.

Time: 2pm-3.30pm

Location: Elmfield Park

If you’d like to get involved in any of our events, send us a message on our Facebook page or call Kelly 07879113748 or Ali 07864721616.

* Please note that due to government guidance, spaces are strictly limited at all events, so get in quick to book your place.

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events and if you give our Reduce Waste Halloween recipes a go, we’d love you to share your creations with us!

Until next time, stay safe everyone!