We had a whole host of events taking place across Cornwall at the end of last week and into the weekend in celebration of The Big Lunch, a time traditionally where people come together in person to celebrate community connections and get to know one another a little better.
This year things are very different as we navigate our way through these strange and challenging times of a global pandemic but we feel it is more important than ever to stay connected and keep building the strength in our communities, whether it be with colleagues, clients, supporters, businesses or family, friends and neighbours.
The Big Lunch had to adapt this year and take a slightly different format due to lockdown restrictions and social distancing, and so the events took a distanced and virtual approach.
At St Petrocs we ended last week with an early celebration and held a Big Virtual Lunch. Many of the St Petrocs team are working from home currently so it was a good chance to have lunch together & catch up on those conversations you usually have in the office while making a tea round!
Our resource centres in Truro and Penzance took part, with staff serving up a distanced lunch to our clients, with all the same party food as you’d expect at a Big Lunch but this was being plated up to order and served to the clients to avoid any contamination that may occur. This was then being enjoyed in the distanced manner that all our services are running at the moment.
There was a lot of activity happening throughout our residential services too, not all our clients have access to smartphones and devices to access digital events and we wanted to ensure the activities remained inclusive for everybody. We developed plans for an activity that would allow residents to take part while sharing food in the traditional way but adapted to adhere to the social distancing guidelines of the properties. We provided baking ingredients in packages with recipe ideas and delivered these to 13 of our houses around the County so that residents could bake and share cakes with those residing in the same properties.
Our residents enjoyed lots of baking and socially distanced sharing of cakes and scones , there were even some first time bakers getting involved and trying out the recipes.
It wasn’t all baking though, one of our houses held a socially distanced BBQ, and Cornish weather didn’t deter cooking here as they were able to place the BBQ away from the drizzle just tucked under the lean-to!
Jess from the communications team joined a national Big Virtual Lunch and enjoyed sharing lunch and conversations with familiar faces from the Eden Project Communities team. The Eden Project have always been big supporters of St Petrocs and we are so grateful for their ongoing support.
A huge thank you to everybody involved and for taking part this weekend.