Community baker The Bread Maker in Aberdeen has signed up to The Big Lunch, a UK-wide campaign that aims to help improve mental health and isolation across the region.
The Press and Journal report that The Big Lunch was created in 2009 by The Eden Project and has become one of the UK’s biggest get-togethers, and this year’s campaign encourages people to get together and share food on the weekend of Saturday 5 June and Sunday 6 June.
The Big Lunch recently conducted a survey that revealed 1,7 million people in Scotland are anxious about re-entering society, and 58 per cent of respondents saying that they are wary of socialising without restrictions, and 12 per cent unsure how to have a proper conversation after a year of lockdowns.
Many local businesses across the UK are taking part, and the CEO of The Bread Maker, Donald Anderson said: “The Big Lunch runs in tangent with what we do every day. It’s having a place within the community that people can come in and share or make friends and have lunch and get together and share that experience.
“What’s more prevalent now is, after the lockdowns and all the restrictions, we see that there’s a big need for people to get together.”
Founded in 2006, The Bread Maker has been heavily involved in local communities around Aberdeen and helping adults with learning disabilities to develop skills and work in a safe environment.
Individuals are encouraged to get involved in The Big Lunch in any way they like, from tea and cakes with friends, home-cooked meals with the family, or supporting local cafes
Donald says The Bread Maker is available to host any Big Lunches that people may want to have at their premises, and can also offer outside catering for those who want to host their own at home.
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