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creating lasting and sustainable solutions to poverty, hunger and social injustice

shared futures

Liverpool is home to a vibrant refugee and asylum community.  Many have had to flee warzones, oppression and persecution and unfortunately their struggles do not always end there.  Life as a refugee can be isolating and lonely, particularly for many women whose religious beliefs debar them from engaging with the wider community and integrating fully in society.  These women are frequently unable to access the support networks which they are entitled to.

Shared Futures is a women only cookery collective that provides a safe and socially acceptable forum for women to socialise, form relationships and learn about what support is available to them and where they can access this help.  Shared Futures is about making friends and gaining confidence.  It is a warm and casual environment that is completely adaptable to the needs of each individual woman. Each workshop is led by local refugee and immigrant women and offers a true cultural exchange and the opportunity to learn, first hand, how to prepare speciality food from all over the world.  All workshops are hands on and once the meal is prepared, everyone sits down together to enjoy the meal we have shared in preparing.

Each workshop facilitates dialogue into the association of food and memory; aiding integration through the creation of a familiar, comforting meal in what is, to many, an unfamiliar setting.  At every workshop, each woman will receive a menu card outlining the ingredients needed to recreate the dish elsewhere and the necessary information on costing and where exactly each product can be sourced in the city.  This ensures that after each workshop, all participants leave with a little taste of home.