Pine Court Housing Association (PCHA), part of The Sovini Group, has partnered with local organisations to improve the lives of Chinese households ahead of Chinese New Year, celebrating the year of the Ox.
PCHA in partnership with the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Manchester, Pagoda Arts Centre, Chinese Wellbeing and other local Chinese organisations, have donated food items and helped to pack and deliver around 120 parcels to members of the local Chinese community who have been identified as being vulnerable or isolated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A selection of traditional Chinese food items have been included in the well-received parcels in addition to personal care items, all of which have been delivered to residents ahead of Chinese New Year 12th February, signalling the start of the year of the Ox – the second of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac.
As members of Black Minority Ethnic (BME) National, Pine Court Housing Association is the leading social housing provider for the Chinese community in Merseyside. Donations made by the housing association will work to support their vision to create inclusive and diverse communities.
Labour Councillor for Riverside Ward, Councillor Stephen Munby, said:
“I was delighted to join the Pagoda and Pine Court Housing to distribute donations to our elders in the Chinese Community. Well done to everybody involved, especially all the volunteers.”
Director of Pine Court Housing Association, David Brown, said:
“Every year we look forward to our annual Chinese New Year celebrations, however as with many events affected by the coronavirus pandemic, our celebrations too have had to be postponed until next year. Now more than ever it’s important for us to provide support for those who are isolated and vulnerable, and it’s our sincerest hope that these parcels will help lift the spirits of those in the community who need it most.”
In addition to arranging parcels, PCHA has also partnered with Culture Liverpool to help promote virtual celebrations from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 February, which will include a selection of activities, archive footage and a gallery of images from years past.
For more information on Culture Liverpool’s virtual celebrations visit cultureliverpool.co.uk/cny