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GOCSA and Flinders Uni work together on "Shared Lunches Project"
In 2019, researchers from the Flinders University Caring Futures Institute met with people who regularly
attended lunch clubs at various cultural community organisations. The Greek Pensioners of Thebarton
were one of these community groups. The researchers discovered that these shared lunches were very
important to people because of the food and the company that these lunches provide. In fact, people
valued the lunches so much, that they would organise other things in their life so that they were able to
attend the lunch each week.
The researchers were so impressed with how much these lunches were valued, they designed a new
study to see if sharing a meal once a week would help people to make new, ongoing friendships and
keep people active in their community. Using the results of this study, researchers hope to create a
program to increase community social events, particularly for those who might be lonely or for those
would like to increase their friendship group.
The Caring Futures Institute is producing a short film to showcase this study and would like to thank the
Greek Orthodox Community of SA Inc. for facilitating the filming, the Greek Pensioners of Thebarton for
allowing them to film one of their lunches on 23rd April 2021 and a special thanks to Mr Jim
Papanicolas for a fantastic interview.
Adelaide, South Australia