The LCS Youth Council is made up of 16-25 year olds from diverse faith and cultural communities across Merseyside. The members meet to learn more about each other’s faiths and cultures and to use creative and innovative techniques to share their knowledge with other adults and young people across Merseyside.
Established in 2002 the Youth Council was the UK’s first grass-roots interfaith youth group. This year saw a significant increase in the number of young people actively involved, from 10 young people at the beginning of the year to our current membership of 41.
TASTE OF LIFE
Our flagship 5 day personal development course gives learners a 'Taste of Life'from at least five different faith and cultural perspectives: Hebrew (Jewish), Ethiopian (Christian), Arab (Muslim), Indian (Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist) and Chinese. (Optional extras include Caribbean and Welsh.)
Preparing delicious healthy dishes, fresh drinks and baking bread and cakes.
Exploring diverse hospitality traditions, serving and eating together (with invited guests).
Group reflections and discussions on inspirational wisdom stories from the diverse traditions; exploring the positive life-values and attitudes they contain.
Increased understanding and appreciation of diverse faith and cultural traditions and communities.
Encouraging positive values, attitudes and ambitions.
Increased self-confidence, independence and positive community engagement.
Our adult courses are open to unemployed adults of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. We welcome and value adults who are marginalised from mainstream society (including those with active addictions, in recovery, homeless, mental health issues, offenders, ex-offenders and learning difficulties).
CULTIVATING COMMUNITY SPIRIT
Cultivating Community Spirit is a new 9 week personal development programme specially designed for graduates of our Taste of Life course.
Combining practical gardening and horticulture with interactive activities and stories drawn from various cultures and faith traditions, and preparing and sharing a healthy lunch, learners develop positive attitudes towards cultures and traditions different from their own and increase their confidence and ability to cook and serve healthy dishes from different cultures.
Lifecraft focuses on traditional woodcraft skills including: identifying local trees and plants and their useful properties; crafting and decorating walking staffs and bowls; making herbal teas and nettle soup from locally harvested leaves and roots. These activities are complemented by cultural stories and reflections on life and culminated in a group reflective walk and exploration of Hilbre Island where decorated stones are used to symbolically cast away negative thoughts replace them with appropriate positive ones.
Taste of Life Adult Learning Course at St Clement's Toxteth
Our schools workshops explore the understanding of Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and Sikhism and take place in both Primary and Secondary schools.
Workshops combine accurate information with interactive encounters with local practitioners of the diverse faith communities. Pupils are given vital opportunities to meet, interact with and ask important questions to ‘real’ people who live out faiths that can appear strange to them. Creating a spirit of trust where people can open hearts to each other and ask burning questions without fear of offence is vital to promoting true understanding and breaking down barriers of ignorance and fear.