The Eagle Community Centre, one of the three community centres of the Lighthouse Educational Society operating in South London, organised ‘Friendship Dinner’ with help from a team of Dialogue Studies MA students currently on a work placement at the Dialogue Society for 10 weeks. The idea of the event was to bring people from all sectors of our local community together for a friendly meal and for discussion of issues of local importance. It was hoped that the event would promote interaction and friendship between all different groups within the local community. It was also aimed that it would promote discussion of important social issues, encouraging people to reflect on these together, have their say, listen to others, and begin to think about constructive solutions to shared difficulties. A panel of local stakeholders and community leaders tried to respond to key points from the evening’s discussions, stressing the importance of social interaction promoted by this kind of community dinners to build a strong, active and cohesive local community.