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Tree House Liverpool CIC

Tree House Liverpool C.I.C. aims to provide people with access to the support they need to recognise and realise their own potential.

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IMG_5481Here in Tree House Liverpool CIC we have committed ourselves to changing our world by starting where we are. We create as many opportunities in and around our local park as we can which show off the capacity, assets and resources we already have as individuals and as a community: how generous, creative, resourceful, knowledgeable, hard working, wise, clever and kind we can be as well as to remind ourselves how powerful and joyful it is when we are doing something purposeful together to enrich a world we share. (more…)

In the roses
of the lips of children,
in the tiny dimple
of their cheeks
is the blessing of
their safety.

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We are excited because our Wild Play project has been shortlisted to win a grant from www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative England and Wales which distributes the charge levied on single use plastic bags £!2.5 million in total. In our region (the north) three community groups and projects will be awarded a grant of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. If you think our project should get the top grant and would like to support us you can vote in Tesco stores from the 26th September to 9th October.

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I was fat and fifty and not feeling too good about myself. I lacked energy, motivation and my once positive outlook was slowly waning. A friend just happened to mention that she would like to learn more about mindfulness. I had heard that term before, but didn’t really know what it was about. I thought that this was something that Buddhist monks practised. Not being a Buddhist monk or particularly religious, I wondered how it would help me and other people in the real world. Being ever so sceptical but intrigued, I enrolled onto an 8 week Mindfulness course.

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We went along to the University of Liverpool to hear a lecture presented by Professor Tim Parsons, a social historian at Washington University in St. Louis. He studies twentieth century Africa and his research to date has been focused on understanding how ordinary people experienced imperial rule.  How did Africans, from diverse walks of life, navigate the shifting realities of repression and opportunity that emerged during the imperial and early national eras? He had come to Liverpool to look at the archives because he was curious to see how much of the thinking that had informed the administration of the colonies had come back to these shores.  He wanted to explore the degree to which the imperial style of authoritarianism had manifested itself in the metropolitan west, both historically and currently. His expectation was that it would be that way round.  That people returning to Liverpool from posts in Africa and Asia would bring ideas and practices back with them.  He found evidence of that.  But he also found something which surprised him more.

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How do we all live lives as sentient  beings, thinking animals in which we know, really know what it is to alive?  We might think such aspirations are beyond us but they are the very instructions which lie beneath the 5 ways to wellbeing (Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give) which have been very influential in establishing what we do and how.  Since everything that we do here at Tree House is a product of the generosity and kindness of others perhaps it gets us someway to that?  Indeed the fact that people give so much continues to amaze and delight us.  You will be hearing a new voice on our website and Facebook pages soon.  He is a guy called Peter Jarman.  He has never been to Liverpool, let alone Tuebrook, and we have never met him face to face.  We actually have no idea what he looks like and he owes us nothing and yet he has already helped us lots. Years ago when we we were at the very start of this he – a friend of friend – not only give us practical help by setting up our first website page advice, encouragement and tips he also gave us confidence that what we were trying to do here was significant and worthwhile.  And he is offering to help again now by writing a blog about his experience of growing veg and connections and life.

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6d1397c942608ab428556132f4c0eecbI have a pain of a thousand men

A abyssal black sea

A mental den

To vanquish and conquer

An endeavour past yonder

I nail and board

Numbly cut off the cord

To recognize the thunder

Of a traumatic asunder

Is there peace beyond the rage?

Will I die of the silent plague?

In the distance I see A stillness in me

And all souls around Of love light and secrecy

To unlock and reconnect

And share at least a memory

A moment A choice Of being Of healing

A choice of which to stand and say ‘I have to nurture inside

Only then I will find inner peace of my body soul and mind.

Ally Sands June 2016

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From time to time people tell us what a difference what we do makes.  Not perhaps in an obvious way.  It is not really about gardening, or yoga, or wild play.  It is about people coming together to find themselves, each other and ways of acting together which make our shared world better.  But we would say that wouldn’t we?  So here is the first of our posts in the words of others who are part of what we do and understand why.

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With the issues over resourcing and sustaining our what we have been doing over the past 3 years having been brought to the forefront in recent weeks, we had a gathering on Sunday 28th February with some of us who have been most heavily involved to discuss where we go from here. We’d like to share these with you all here and to invite you to comment on our thoughts and join in this evolutionary discussion. 

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