Big Do 2015

South Ribble Big Do 2015

Big Do is South Ribble's largest cross sector networking event and encourages businesses large and small; charities, community groups and faith organisations; council, health & wellbeing providers and uniformed services to come together and make new connections and grow ideas.

Starting back in 2013, Big Do keeps getting bigger year on year. With over 200 attendees the room was full and our exhibition space was alive with chatter and people networking.

We heard some incredible stories from our guest speakers which emphasised how businesses and charities can support and learn from one another.

Learning in the Workshops

This year we launched a new aspect to the Big Do; our taster workshops. This year the workshops were focussed on marketing and social media.

The experts at Lucky 6 Marketing (based in Leyland) were abuzz with ideas and tips on how to use social media and make it work for different organisations. If you didn't catch the workshop or wanted more information, they would be glad to help and can be contacted at

Tigerfish PR delivered our other workshop on marketing trends, and the changing ways customers/clients are responding to the messages of organisations. If you didn't catch the workshop or wanted more information, Amanda would love to hear from you and can be contacted at


We heard from Julie Thornhill (pictured left), general manager of the Waitrose distribution centre.

Employing 450 people locally, Waitrose opened its new distribution centre in 2014. The company, part of the John Lewis Partnership, has a strong community ethos and we heard about the benefits of its Community Matters scheme and how the group supports its employees to undertake active volunteering and supporting of local good causes.

St Catherine’s Hospice

Our second guest speaker, Steven Greenhalgh from St Catherine's Hospice dispelled a few myths about what a 'hospice' is all about, emphasising its role as a place to receive care and support.

Celebrating 40 years, St Catherine's is a local charity that supports our local communities. We learnt about the scope and depth of the services provided but how they need to take a business approach to ensure that the charity continues to deliver the care and support so many rely on.

The Mill, a brand new community facility and café on the Hospice site, demonstrates St Catherine's commitment to the community and supporting the people it cares for, but thinking in the way a business must to ensure it can deliver what it needs.

South Ribble Community Awards

The final part of the evening is arguably one of the most important... The South Ribble Community Awards.

Six awards were handed out at the prestigious ceremony to the unsung heroes who go the extra mile to make our community in which we live a better place.

The full list of winners can be found on this website.