Tuesday, 25 January 2022

'We took over the street with spoken word, performance, writing and games'

Last Saturday was busier than usual on Cullen Street because the 'Writing Bus Tour' pop up, was full of activities and facilitators ready to engage with the Roma children. A number of 82 children enjoyed the workshops and their creativity, imagination and energy made a positive experience for the organisers. 

John Maquire the Project Coordinator  #LiverpoolWrites said 'very vibrant day and I feel the activity and engagement was really important and worked'.

The children enjoyed the new activities in their area and this event give them the opportunity to think outside the box and engage to overcome the barriers using culture as a tool. 

                                             

Call Me

Since the pandemic and not being able to meet up on a regular basis, I have been keeping in touch with the older community members who have previously attended the events we organise by calling them on a regular basis.

This week we have been discussing how they keep busy, keep cheerful and keep active while they have been isolated from their family and friends and have not been able to get out to socialise.

Anne "I keep cheerful and avoid feeling fed up by keeping busy by being crafty. My latest venture is re-padding an old stool."

June "I read most days a book. I have lovely neighbours who pass me books on a regular basis. I worry about my eyesight but at 84 my opticians say I have great eyesight."

Dot "I love a great classic film in the afternoon to bring back happy memories. Before I know it I am drawing the curtains and thinking what I can have for my tea."

Agnes "Keeping in touch with my family. No better medicine than having a laugh and a joke with my family and friends."

(Chair Exercise Group - Feb 2020 at Riverview Development Trust )

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Energy Saving Tips (Big Energy Saving Week 17-23 January)

Simple changes could make a big difference in helping you save energy and your home feel warmer.

  • Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors.
  • Always turn off the light when you leave a room. It will save you energy.
  • Turn it down! Many houses will have their central heating on higher than they need it, even without realising it. Try turning down your thermostat by one degree. Every degree you turn it down by could save you up to £90.00 a year.
  • Only boil the amount of water you need.
  • When you are doing the washing try to fill up the machine. One full load uses less energy than two half loads. Set your washing machine at 30c, most washing powders are designed to handle wash loads at this temperature.
  • A dripping hot water tap can waste enough energy in a single week to fill half a bath. If you are on a water meter this can have serious effects on your water bill

Monday, 17 January 2022

Community Litter Picks

What a beautiful day it was today, sun was shining and smiles beaming as LCC and GTDT did a community litter pick that started from Riverview Development Trust in the Riverside Ward.

If you would like to get involved in future litter picks please get in touch info@gtdt.co.uk

Big Energy Saving Week

Big Energy Saving Week is running from the 17th to 23rd January. It is a national campaign with the aim to help and encourage people to save energy while cutting down on fuel costs at the same time.

The week focuses on raising public awareness of how to switch energy suppliers or tariffs to get the best deal, access discounts and make homes energy efficient. This is the eighth Big Energy Saving Week and is a partnership between Citizens Advice, the Energy Savings Trust, working alongside the Department of Business and their national Energy and Industrial strategy.

Look out this week for tips on how you can save money around the home. 

Tip for the day: Citizens Advice have a free energy advice helpline: 03454040506