Today, (Monday, 29 May), The Big Lunch kicks off a new initiative, The Great Big Walk, made possible by the National Lottery and supported by Jo Brand, which sees five teams of walkers span the UK connecting people and celebrating community.

Every day, the walkers and their supporters will visit different community projects and initiatives and will spend time with the extraordinary people who go the extra mile to bring communities together.

Everyone in Scotland is invited to take part!

Setting off from Batley, West Yorkshire, where Jo Cox was MP, five teams of walkers will head home in time to join The Big Lunch as the highlight of The Great Get Together celebrations inspired by Jo Cox, and marking the first anniversary of her death 16-18 June.

The walk will reach Dumfries on 6th June and will continue through Scotland until 18 June.

Refuweegee volunteer, Yaman Shalaan, who is originally from Syria, but has already found a second home in Glasgow, will be one of the walkers in Scotland. As Yaman will be observing Ramadan we’re not going to ask him to walk to far. “We are delighted to be part of such a brilliant initiative. The people that we meet and work with everyday have been forcibly displaced from their homes and have often had to make long and hard journeys to safety. We are looking forward to using our time walking The Great Big Walk as a time to reflect on this and are delighted to be doing it as a group which is reflective of the collective community that Refuweegee is. To also get to spend time within so many communities and with some amazing groups along the route is absolutely fantastic, we can’t wait to meet everyone and hear their stories.”

Each day, along the route, the walkers will stop in a different community to shine a light on powerfully ordinary people doing amazing projects and events that bring communities together. They will share conversations food, stories and experiences together.

Emily Watts, Eden’s Scottish country manager said: “People can get involved in The Great Big Walk by showing support and cheering the walkers along their way. Or go for a stroll with a neighbour, a tour with the town or anything in between and join The Big Lunch on 18 June for the biggest community celebration the UK has ever seen.”

Over the course of 10 days, the walkers will visit 10 National Lottery funded projects in Scotland. Martin Cawley, Big Lottery Fund Scotland director, added: “Thanks to money generated by National Lottery players, The Great Big Walk is connecting people and communities across the UK. We are excited to be inviting the walkers to visit some amazing Scottish projects, created by and for local people, and share their experiences with others.”