LIVERPOOL COMMUNITY SPIRIT Annual Review 2012
Introduction 2012 has been a very productive year at LCS with many exciting new developments. We engaged record numbers of marginalised adults in our De Hungry Must Be Fed courses. We launched a unique community cookbook entitled Women of Inspiration, conceived and compiled by our Tutor, Erroll Graham. We also launched our very own brand of Liverpool Community Spirit high grade, fresh ground coffee from Ethiopia. A brand new adult learning course (Life Craft) for marginalised adults has been developed which will be launched next year. Our Youth Council is taking on a new and dynamic format under the direction of our new Co-ordinator, Matt Meaney. Matt is bringing a multitude of invaluable new gifts and strengths to our organisation and has added new dimensions to our school work programme. His design skills also enable us to keep most of our resource publication in house. We have kept at the forefront of community learning, devising and delivering new, innovative workshops for exploring and promoting community spirit in dynamic and engaging ways. None of the activities summarised in this review would be possible without the support and generosity of our funders, our amazing team of volunteers and the LCS Steering Committee and Trustees led by our Chair, Sylvia French. Special notes of thanks are due this year to the following: - Mr Graham Rodger, one of our longest standing Trustees, who as Treasurer has spent the last 10 years nurturing us through very challenging financial times. He is gifted (and blesses us) with a very rare combination of professionalism, integrity, clarity, good heart and good humour. - Cressy Godding, who left Liverpool at the start of the year for pastures new. Cressy nade an outstanding contribution to the development of LCS and our Youth Council in particular. We are most grateful for all her hard work and dedication and we wish her well in her new career and new life in Leicester. - Josh Terry, who provided great support and positive input into our Youth Council and our IT systems. - Rev. Jane Warhurst and her team at Saint Clement's, Toxteth who provide us with a warm, welcoming and inclusive venue for our course deliveries. We continue to draw our inspiration from the heart of Liverpool's grassroots communities, and seek to remain firmly grounded in faith and in the love that "always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." Thank you for all your support and friendship.
Matthew Thompson Director
Adult Learners De Hungry Must Be Fed is a unique and innovative adults learning course in personal development and healthy living. It is rooted in seriously good cooking combined with practical, community-based hospitality, both of which come straight from the heart. Our course content and activities draw on a wide range of diverse cooking, spiritual and wisdom traditions. The course promotes learners' confidence and skills in the following areas: - Preparing and serving healthy foods and drinks from around the world. - Cultural awareness - Communication skills - Positive attitudes and values (particularly towards people from traditions and backgrounds different from our own) - Positive community integration and citizenship - Aspirations for learning, volunteering and employment. 2012 saw De Hungry Must Be Fed grow even more in popularity and outreach such that much of our recruitment was through word of mouth from very satisfied learners. We strengthened our links with our referral agencies, including Merseyside Probation Service and Stafford House as well as engaging new learners from other partner agencies in supported living, including Genie in the Gutter, Ann Conway House and Resettle. Genie in the Gutter works with active substance misusers in Liverpool and invited us to deliver a full run of our course, during which we engaged 12 marginalised adults who participated with great enthusiasm. This proved to be so successful that we have been invited back to deliver more course runs in 2013.
"It's never too late to learn new things and ways of thinking."
Ann Conway House provides supported living for marginalised young adults from minority ethnic backgrounds. Six of their residents took part in our course and gained great benefits, increasing their confidence in cooking healthy food, developing their social and hospitality skills as well as increasing their knowledge of culture and history. Our course is continually developed in response to learner needs and feedback. This year's new course elements included deeper exploration into the roots of African history and philosophy; training in the traditional Ethiopian coffee making process and ceremony, and listening to some inspiring new stories and accomanying reflections about how to treat other people.
Adult Learners We continued to invite course graduates back for Community Spirit lunches prepared and served up by those who were new learners on the course running at the time. These reunions enabled us to interview samples of graduates to see how their learning and personal development has progressed three months and six months after they graduated from our courses. It has been very rewarding to see how many graduates were inspired to continue cooking, engage in their community and pursue more learning, volunteering, training and employment opportunities. Volunteering: A surprisingly high number of De Hungry Must Be Fed course learners returned to take up our volunteer opportunities. These included weekly help with course preparation and delivery, providing testimonials on how the course has impacted on their lives and, most importantly, being excellent role models and mentors to new learners on the course. We broadened our successful partnership trainer Jane Girvan and Liverpool City Council's Adult Learning Service. Jane delivered wonderful sessions on mentoring, CVs and interview techniques. Our volunteers have made truly outstanding contributions to our courses. This is a great reflection of the increase in confidence, motivation and aspirations that the course engender. LCS Coffee: An innovative new component was added to the course this year which has proven highly successful and popular amongst the learners. We have been giving training in the preparation and serving of coffee in traditional Ethiopian style. It includes and insight into the history of the origins of coffee in Ethiopia and the importance of hospitality in Ethiopian culture past and present and the origins and use of frankincense and popcorn. This activity was greatly boosted after a visit by Phil Schluter of Schluter's Coffee Importers. Phil experienced the hospitality of our De Hungry Must Be Fed course learners and subsequently he kindly invited a group of them over for a fantastic day exploring the art of coffee tasting and learning about coffee production. He also generously donated a bag of top quality Ethiopian green coffee beans which he roasted and packaged for us to help raise funds for more course runs. We designed our very own label and now the delicious aroma of some of the best coffee in the world can be smelt in houses all around our city.
Adult Learners Women of Inspiration: During our years of project work supporting the Ethiopian community of Merseyside, our course tutor, Erroll, was inspired to compile a special cookbook to help raise some funds for the women of the Ethiopian community, some of whom have sought sanctuary in our city from experiences of abuse and maltreatment whilst working in domestic service in other countries. Drawing on his growing reputation as a community chef and tutor, Erroll compiled a wonderful collection of 16 stories and delicious recipes submitted to him by local people who wanted to celebrate the life of an inspirational woman who has impacted on their lives. He began the book with the story and recipe from his own inspirational mother, Babs. This unique publication was designed in house by Matt Meaney, and launched at our Annual Celebration at the Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre in November. The first edition sold out in just two weeks and a second run is proving equally popular. If you would like a copy, please don't hesitate to contact us (by phone or email) and order your copy. Additional Hungry Must Be Fed Adult Learning Activities and Workshops: Out of Many, One People: Hercules Productions, a community arts and performance group from Moss Side, Manchester, commissioned us to devise and deliver some bespoke, interactive workshops that would engage young people and adults in exploring and increasing their awareness and appreciation of Rasta heritage and culture and it's wider cultural and spiritual impact in the North West. We delivered two very successful workshops, the first in the Rasta HQ in Moss Side with approximately 25 young people and adults. Here we created and used our very own treasure box packed with foods and treasure maps and information on the eight major cultural and faith influences that formed the foundation of Jamaican society and its increasingly relevant motto of Out of Many, One People. In the second workshop 18 adults and young people came to St Clement's Church, Toxteth to cook a traditional Rasta Ital lunch and go deeper into the influences on and of Rasta, including the vital role of Ethiopia and its relevance for both black and white communities today. We received fantastic feedback from the learners and hope to be able to repeat this workshop for other community groups and schools across Merseyside and the North West.
Adult Learners Life Craft: This year saw the inception and development of a brand new adult learning course in personal development. Life Craft engages learners from marginalised backgrounds in exploring traditional woodcraft skills, including making bowls and staffs, weaving mats and baskets, fire making, and identifying different trees and the properties and uses of their woods. The woodcraft is combined with stories and reflections on the craft of living our daily lives drawing on guidance and inspiration from diverse ancient, spiritual traditions. Research included a woodcraft training residential in North Wales with Keith Matthews. a training session with expert basket weaver, Molly Rathbone, and local tree and woodland feature identification with local expert, Robin Riley from the Friends of Saint James' Gardens. Thanks to the Dean and Constables of Liverpool Cathedral and the Friends of Saint James' Gardens, we have been able to make use of Saint James' Gardens as our venue for the workshop trials and the first trial session with adult learners in November. We have also been fortunate in receiveiving support from staff at Glendale who manage much of Liverpool's parkland. The trial workshop received excellent evaluations from the learners so we are pressing ahead with further trials and development in early spring and will run full courses later in 2013. Faith and Cultural Diversity Workshops: Two bespoke workshops were devised and delivered for workers and tenants of Plus Dane Housing (a major Registered Social Landlord). The first engaged the learners in exploring different aspects of the Jewish, Islamic, Hindu and Rasta faiths through a visit to a Moque, presentations by and interviews with local practitioners of the faiths and a full Rasta Ital lunch with Arabic and Ethiopian hospitality traditions. This proved to be highly successful and we were subsequently commissioned to devise and deliver a second bespoke workshop. This second workshop enabled learners to encounter and experience different aspects of English, Polish, Rasta and Ethiopian culture through the medium of food, stories, interviews with local members of those cultural communities, traditional coffee making, English cheese tasting and English folklore and song, Polish folk traditions and a delicious Rasta Ital lunch. All learners gave unanimously positive feedback in their evaluation and have requested more workshops in future.
Adult Learners Outcomes and Statistics De Hungry Must Be Fed: Number of unemployed, marginalised adults engaged as learners:
Number of marginalised adults (course graduates) engaged in volunteering:
Number of adults from the local, diverse communities of Toxteth engaged as guests:
Faith Diversity and Cultural Awareness: Number of adults engaged at Plus Dane Faith Diversity workshops:
Adults and Children engaged at Out of Many, One People Workshops:
Adults engaged at Life Craft Trial One:
People engaged at Annual Celebration Event:
A small selection of learner feedback and comments
Something I learned about myself: - People will accept me for the person I am now, not the person I used to be. - I have learned to appreciate, respect and admire other people. - Mixing and communicating with people never met before. - Kept to my plan of not drinking in the morning. - Making me want to do things physically, not just in the mind. What I achieved: - Learning and understanding other cultures. - Meet people and having fun. - Gained more social understanding. - Cooking all the different food and learning about Ehtiopia. - Trying different types of food and meeting different people. - Getting here. - Learning to co-operate. - Self-confidence. What it made me reflect upon in my life: - The past doesn't have to ruin my future. - Where I am going and what I am doing in the future. - Anything is possible if you are determined. - That it's not all downhill. Changes in attitudes: - It changed my life forever, no lie! - Opened my mind to other people's cultures and to be more understanding. - That there is more out there than I thought. I want to find out more about cultures. - Better thinking not judgmental of white people in general any more. - I am more polite and more confident to get on with more people.
Youth COuncil 2012 has been a significant and exciting year for the Liverpool Community Spirit Youth Council. In April our Youth Council Coordinator moved to another job and was replaced by a new Coordinator. Since he has been in post he has worked with Youth Council members to refocus the direction and goals of the Youth Council and to empower the members to take more control of the direction and ethos of the project. The focus of the Youth Council will continue to be: - To understand more about other membersâ€™ faith and cultural backgrounds and to develop friendship and trust. - To help other young people outside of Youth Council to learn about cultures and faiths different from their own. - To empower members to actively engage in the promotion of intercultural/faith understanding, friendship and positive community spirit amongst other young people across Merseyside. - To empower Youth Council members to make decisions about the future direction of the project. - To develop individual membersâ€™ skills and talents by using them to further the other goals of the project. - To continue to grow in diversity so that as many communities as possible are represented on Youth Council. Below are some of the highlights of the year for our Youth Council members. Cultural Events and Visits: In 2012 the Youth Council members have taken up opportunities to take part in cultural celebrations, visits and events from a wide range of faiths and cultures including Sikh, Ethiopian, Jewish, Hindu and Rasta. Each of these sessions allowed the members to spend time with people from cultures and faiths different from their own. It also allowed them to experience food, games, music and traditions from many of the communities in Liverpool and to ask questions of people from those communities. The feedback from Youth Council members has been consistently positive after these events and the Youth Council members are already in the process of planning cultural events and visits for 2013. Residential: The 2012 residential took place in April and included an overnight visit to Snowdonia, hillwalking and tree planting. It was a good opportunity for the long-standing members of the Youth Council to bond with newer members. The residential for 2013 is again likely to take place in Spring and will be planned early in January 2013.
Youth Council Faith Workshops: Liverpool Community Spirit delivers workshops to school groups and to adult learners across the region. Members of the Youth Council now regularly take part in the delivery of these workshops â€“ helping learners to have a better understanding of different faiths and communities through conversation and interaction with a young person from that faith or culture. Key Skills Workshops: In preparation for an increase in workshop delivery in 2013, Youth Council members have taken part in a number of key skills workshops. Members have begun work to develop their communication, presentation, team work and planning skills. Funding The work that has been done in 2012 would not have been possible without the support of our funders. The Rank Foundation and Lloyds TSB continue to provide funding for the core work of the Youth Council. In 2013 this programme of funding will come to an end and Youth Council members will be taking the lead in developing fundraising strategies and writing funding bids to support the Youth Council project into 2014 and beyond. Looking forward At the end of 2012 the Youth Council members spent time developing a programme of activities and work for 2013. Throughout the year they will continue to develop their key skills through interactive workshops and activities. They will use these further developed skills to plan, develop and deliver their own workshops to other groups of young people across the city; as well as to continue to support the delivery of faith workshops across the wider work of Liverpool Community Spirit.
School Workshops In 2012 Liverpool Community Spirit has worked with several local school to complement their teaching of the RE and Citizenship curricula. The highlights of some of the workshops that we have been involved in are shown below: Buddhism: Our newly developed Buddhism workshop engages learners in exploring the key values and life lessons expressed in a traditional Tibetan wheel of life. They then apply these principles to their own life and create their own, 21st century, Merseyside wheel of life. Islam: Drawing on the support of Youth Council members, our core team and members of our Steering Committee we have been able to develop a very popular workshop about Islam. The workshops helps learners to understand more about Prayer, Arabic as a holy language, food and fasting, clothing and dress, and some of the beliefs and traditions of Liverpoolâ€™s significant Muslim community. This year we have delivered variations of this workshop to more than 200 year 8 children from across the Merseyside area.
Outstanding! The students talked about it for weeks afterwards, it truly opened their minds and hearts alike. Head of R.E.
I enjoyed learning about different religions and cultures. I don't think you can improve on anything. Thank you! Year 8 Pupil
Judaism: In autumn 2012 we began developing a new workshop to teach about Judaism. The workshop includes traditional Hebrew greetings and language, experiencing Shabbat food and customs and understanding the importance of keeping the Sabbath holy in the Jewish faith. This workshop is already proving to be very popular with younger pupils in secondary schools and we are hoping to deliver more workshops in early 2013. Rasta: Drawing on the skills and passion from our Hungry Must Be Fed team we were able to deliver a session about Rasta to a class of Year 8s. Learning about the roots of Rasta, the music and the beliefs allowed the pupils to ask some great questions which demonstrated their curiosity and interest in other faiths. Some of the pupils tried some traditional Rasta food which was prepared by members of our team. Looking Forward: In 2013 we will be working with a wider range of schools in Merseyside, helping to meet their OFSTED and Curriculum targets by continuing to offer bespoke, interactive, well-designed workshops to their pupils. We will continue to refine the workshops above as well as developing new workshops about Sikhism, Hinduism, Christianity and other major world faiths and cultures. Our workshops will continue to be carefully crafted around the needs of the schools and learners that we work with. We already have plans to work with a growing number of primary schools in addition to the secondary school work that we already do.
Getting to the Heart of the Matter Each of our school workshops is built to compliment the 2013 Ofsted Criteria for Level 1, "Outstanding" in R.E, S.M.S.C, and Citizenship. This helps schools to meet their requirements in the following areas: - Excellent links forged with other agencies and the wider community. - Sensitive and responsive to local, national and international issues. - The school and wider community provide high quality and wide ranging enrichment activities.
The LCS Flag and Logo
The heart of Liverpool Community Spirit
The Liverbird: Liverpool's iconic symbol derived from a fusion of the eagle of St John and the cormorant. Liverpool is the place where all our diverse communities share their lives and destiny. This black Liverbird was designed by Liverpool architect Herbert Rowse for the opening of the first Mersey tunnel in 1934 The spirit that inspires and guides LCS is reflected in community values expressed in the following symbols from some of Liverpool's oldest communities.
Ren: Is the Chinese Confucian virtue of kindness or benevolence. Confucianism places a big emphasis upon caring for your community, beginning with your family and then out to your friends and neighbours. The symbol is comprised of the Chinese character for a human being (the left hand lines) to which are added two horizontal strokes. This is said to symbolise the way in which we relate to other human beings. Getting this relationship right is key to success and happiness in life.
Arabic Numerals 18 + 81: This symbolises the Islamic tradition that god reveals himself as having 99 beautiful qualities which are blessings for all mankind. Tradition also says that every human has the stamp of his/her creator on the palms of their hands: 18 and 81, thus symbolising that we are one big human family or community.
Chet: Is a Hebrew letter with a hard 'h' or 'ch' sound. Chet means fence, hedge or enclosure and symbolises loving care and protection. It is the first letter of the Hebrew words for steadfast love (chesed), grace (channah) and love and cherish (chabab). Chet is the 8th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The number 8 symbolises recreation of a person, thing or community on a new, higher level.
Sangha: Is the ancient Indian Sanskrit word for community. This is a key concept in all three main Indian religions: Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism. In all three of these faith traditions doing good, kind and thoughtful actions which support the welfare of your community is absolutely essential. Shepherd's Crook: Represents the self-sacrificing loving care of a good shepherd for his sheep. In Christian tradition Jesus embodies God's character as The Good Shepherd who leads and guides His people safely through life and even through the valley of the shadow of death. Green, Gold and Red: The colours of Ethiopia and the heart of all Africa. One of its symbols is that all humanity is one big family sharing a common ancestry through Noah and his three sons, Ham, Shem and Japeth.
11 LCS was born out of Liverpool 8.
The people involved with Liverpool Community Spirit Our Steering Committee:
Chair and Trustee: Sylvia French Board Member of North West Housing Services
Big Lottery Fund The Triangle Trust Lloyds TSB Foundation The Rank Foundation Eleanor Rathbone Trust The JP Jacobs Charitable Trust Elizabeth Rathbone Trust North West Housing Association Rosemary Young Person's Charitable Housing Trust Picton Panel/Community Development Foundation The Lord Lieutenant of Liverpool
Treasurer and Trustee: Graham Roger Fellow of the Institue of Chartered Accountants (FCA) Trustee: Andrew Holroyd OBE, CBE Managing Partner of Quality Solicitors, Jackson & Canter and Broudie Jackson Canter, The Justice Partnership Trustee: Lenford White Director, LA White Associates Faiza Alasaly Culture and Religious Awareness Advisor - Arabic Culture and Islamic Tradition David Coleman OBE, CBE Jewish community worker and teacher of Jewish religion
Our Staff: Matthew Thompson, Director Matt Meaney, Coordinator Erroll Graham, Tutor Contacting Us:
Richard Dixon Adult Learning Graduate
Celina Duzante Religious Education Teacher, Liverpool
0151 709 3171
Jane Girvan MCIPD, Principal UK Alliance Training Consultancy Services
17 Cathedral Close Liverpool L1 7BR
Anees Paracha Community worker and members of Liverpool's Pakistani Community
Bisarkha Sarker Lecturer and Practitioner in Indian Cultural Arts Carlo Schoeder Near Neighbours Project Officer, Bradford and member of Baha'I Community
Liverpool Community Spirit Steering Committee and Staff would like to thank all of our friends and volunteers whose friendship and support we would not have done without in 2012 and all the individuals and organisations who have worked with us over the last 12 months.
Kathy Yates Retired Head of R.E. Deparment, Church of England Lay Reader and Lay Canon of Liverpool Cathedral. Honorary Members: Levi Tafari Urban Griot, internationally renowned poet and member of Rastafarian Community James Hernanadez Head of Development (Trusts and Foundations) for National Museums, Liverpool
LIVERPOOL COMMUNITY SPIRIT Annual Review 2012