BME Housing’s Big Lunch in South Liverpool
Published by haydow for Sovini in Communities and also in Housing
Residents dancing at the Big Lunch
On Sunday 1st June Merseyside’s only two BME (Black, Minority & Ethnic) Housing Associations joined forces to organise a Big Lunch event in the South of Liverpool; treating their older residents to a selection of cultural cuisine and entertainment.
Big Lunch is a nationwide initiative, held on the first Sunday in June each year, with a mission to bring together people from local communities and encourage them to have lunch together, in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.
Pine Court and Steve Biko Housing Association saw this as a perfect opportunity for their residents to mix with other elders from the city. They enjoyed a number of activities, including a Tai Chi session, Ping Pong tournament, a dancing lesson, chair based exercise session and performances from a traditional Chinese singer.
David Brown, Director of Operations at Pine Court Housing Association, said: “It was a great day, enjoyed by all those who attended. Everyone was keen to get involved, and many of them were up singing and dancing throughout the day.
“The feedback has been brilliant and we look forward to planning more joint projects with Steve Biko Housing Association in the future; and I’m certain we will be planning another Big Lunch next year.”
The event was also attended by the local PCT, giving out health advice to the elderly residents.
Tracey Gore, Director of Steve Biko Housing Association, said: “The Big Lunch provided the perfect opportunity for our tenants, who have a wonderful diverse heritage to share and learn about each other’s cultures. Food, health and wellbeing are a wonderful way to bring people to together, it enables us to see that we are more alike than different.”