CLF In The Community
Community engagement is vital to the work that Community Lighthouse Foundation undertakes. Interacting with families, young people, people of different faiths and none, community organisations is the sign of a healthy and vibrant community.
CLF Charity seeks to provide an environment for this to take place and encourages active participation from all sectors of the community.
Community Lighthouse Foundation has provided support for those seeking shelter and a roof over their head. Through active support to young families and those in need in the locality, participants of other projects have contributed voluntarily ranging from various small and large household items to counselling and social support including helping to find employment.
Proven to help alleviate anxiety and depression, mediation is hosted for families to come together and participate in meditation in a relaxing environment. A communal meal is served to all attendees and a friendly welcoming atmosphere is fostered to encourage involvement.
A special method is utilised to engage participants in gentle physical meditation known as Sacred Movement. Through this activity young and old can exert their energies in a positive manner helping them to overcome stresses and anxieties from daily lives.
Using musical instruments particularly Drums, a space is provided for exploration of creativity and skills. Accompanied with sacred songs, Drum Therapy seeks to provide an environment in which young and old can express themselves in a positive and constructive manner.
Communal trips are organised by Community Lighthouse Foundation to attend seminars and conferences. These trips galvanize community spirit and build relationships with those attending the events. Executive coaches are used with onboard facilities to cater and provide for young children and the elderly, thus ensuring participation from all sections of the community especially those not usually engaged.
Weekly Open Home Program
This program seeks to bring together and build long term relationships within the community by small groups hosting each other at their family homes. The aim is to ‘Break Bread Together’ by sharing a meal with each other and fostering a sense of community and familiarity. Weekly meals are rotated throughout the group thus ensuring that every participant receives an opportunity to ‘Open their Home’ to their new friends.
Local schools are worked with to ensure support is provided where necessary and sharing of resources takes place to combat issues in schools that require external expertise particularly around radicalisation. Our volunteer group include teachers and individuals with years of experience in education and youth development and thus Community Lighthouse Foundation provides a unique service in the community through expertise it utilises to enhance local school environments and delivery of sensitive subject material.
Places of Worship Visits
School visits to local Mosques are hosted, providing an opportunity for members of the local community to learn about each other and enhance their interaction throughout the area.
An essential part of a vibrant community is the working partnership between different sections of the residents and organisations actively working in the community. Visits to places of worship have been hosted by members of Community Lighthouse Foundation for those of a different faith and members of civil society in order to foster greater understanding and closer working relationships. Engagement with initiatives undertaken by Interfaith groups have also been enhanced and will continue to be worked with in this much needed social sphere.