This year’s Big Lunch, held in Eastwood Park was themed on the important role played by carers and care assistants within the community.
Savio D’Souza, Big Lunch event coordinator said: “The big lunch is an opportunity of bringing local people together to have genuine community conversations.
“It became clear that many carers of family members need support and care assistants need to feel valued.
“Many people are completely unaware that if the work of carers had to be provided in the public sector then the council tax would have to be significantly higher.
“We asked for paintings to help keep people motivated, inspired and valued.
“We were overwhelmed that within a few days over a hundred paintings and works of art were donated.”
George Hicks, Clinical lead at Eastwood Court also commented that: “Residents were grateful to receive a painting reminding them of places they used to visit inspiring fond and positive memory experiences.”
Savio expressed his gratitude. “Once again we would like to say a big thank you to East Renfrewshire Council, local businesses, the Extra and the community for their kindness and generosity in supporting in so many ways the big lunch event over the past five years.”
The annual event centres on the premise of old fashioined neighbourliness, whereby people support each other, look out for each other and are at least on first name terms with their neighbours.
To find out more information about the annual ‘Big Lunch’ events that take place all across the country, or to organise your own event for next year’s event you can visit the charity’s website online at: http://www.thebiglunch.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call them on: 0845 850 8181.