On Saturday 11th June we joined forces with Steve Biko HA to organise a Big Lunch event in Liverpool; treating our older residents to a selection of cultural cuisine and entertainment.
Big Lunch is a nationwide initiative, held 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.
The event took place at the Pakistani Community Centre in Liverpool 8 and this was the perfect opportunity for our residents to mix with other elders from the city. The event was also attended by Councillor Anna Rothery and Councillor Nathalie Nicholas.
Cllr Nathalie Nicholas said: “It was indeed a pleasure to be at the Big Lunch event hosted by Pine Court Housing Association and Steve Biko HA. I am proud we have Pine Court Housing Association and Steve Biko HA in our city that come together to share different cultures in an act of friendship, promoting/ celebrating equality and diversity for all. This is a great example and reflection of not only partnership working but diversity and respect in action. I commend the organisers, staff and tenants for their continued partnership working and hope both Housing Associations continue to be the beacon for others to follow.”
The event was a celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday and the Community Centre was decorated with British memorabilia whilst guests were adorned with crowns and tiaras. Entertainment was provided by Simply Soul who sang a selection of classic hits and Mrs Tien, a customer of Pine Court gave a performance of traditional Chinese songs.
David Brown, Director of Operations for Pine Court said: “We have hosted a number of Big Lunch events in partnership with Steve Biko and the feedback has always been fantastic. We were delighted to be joined by two local Councillors on the day who fully support our vision to create Inclusive and Diverse communities”
Beverley Williams, Community Regeneration Manager for Steve Biko Housing Association said: “This year’s Big Lunch was a truly inspirational event. In contrast to the tensions between different cultures in wider society today, groups of very diverse community elders came together embracing their cultural differences and collectively celebrating her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II, 90th Birthday. An array of fantastic cultural food was served, live entertainment and fun had by all. This event really was reflective of our vision ‘Homes and Communities without Racism’. A Big Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who made it special.”
View the full gallery of images from the event here.