Friday, 21 April 2017

We've been nominated!

We are thrilled to have been nominated and shortlisted for two awards at this year's Echo Environmental Awards.

We have been shortlisted in the Community Project of the Year and Julie Aitchison has been nominated for the Environmental Champion Award
The Echo Environmental Awards aims to RECOGNISE the best environmental businesses, schools, community projects and individuals, to THANK those who are making a difference, be they winners or nominees, to FEATURE the green heroes in the ECHO in print and online and to CELEBRATE their magnificent achievements at our fantastic awards night which takes place on 27 April at Isla Gladstone Conservatory.  The awards are supported by Merseyrail, MWRA, Veolia and Liverpool John Moores University.

There are eleven categories which include: New Environmental Enterprise of the Year, Environmental and Health Project Award, Environmental Business of the Year, Neighbourhood Improvement Project Award, Innovation & Technology Award, Sustainable School Award, Carbon Champion of the Year, Community Project of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Award, Environmental Champion Award and Waste Prevention Award.

Good luck to all those shortlisted, it will be a great night and we will let you know how we get on.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Meet our new trainees

We would like to extend a warm GTDT welcome to our new trainees, Erin, Alin and Marcela, who have joined us for six months as part of the Working Futures programme.

Erin, Alin and Marcela are training with us and gaining valuable work experience on a number of projects. Erin is concentrating on work with Community Learning and L8LS project teams, whilst Alin and Marcela are working closely with a number of local youth organisations including the Unity.

Working Futures is a Liverpool City Region programme, which offers a personalised, flexible package of support to help young people, aged 16 to 29 who are currently not in employment, education or training (NEET), to move towards a better future.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Schools Eco Project is a big hit

Schools from across the Granby Toxteth area of Liverpool are helping to spread the recycling message as part of an imaginative initiative by the Granby Toxteth Development Trust

The project, which is supported by a £8000 grant from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund, is part of a wider initiative in the local area that’s working with a range of communities and residents to improve recycling, prevent fly-tipping and improve the local area and its green spaces.

One of the groups in the area includes a growing community of Roma families - and it was pupils from these families who attend St Hugh’s Catholic Primary School and Smithdown Primary School that enjoyed a visit to the Gillmoss Recycling Discovery Centre to see recycling in action out more about what happens to their waste.

Julie Aitchison, Project Officer, from Granby Toxteth Development Trust said: “It is great to see the young people taking such a keen interest in finding out more about how they can become Recycling Heroes in their community

Alexandra Bahor, Roma Community Development Worker said “It is a good example to see changes in the attitudes of young people who come from countries where recycling is not a priority. Here in the UK they can get involved in improving their neighbourhood and encourage adults to join in to create a healthier community.”

The visit allowed the group to see how recyclable materials are delivered to the facility and are then sorted into separate streams using technology and some people power! – and took part in a range of activities and games.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority said: “We’re thrilled with the success of this project – by supporting the Granby Toxteth Development Trust we’ve enabled them to reach out to a wide range of communities with recycling and reuse messages. By recognising some of the barriers that these sometimes hard to reach groups experience, the project has developed a range of activities to ensure both an better understanding of recycling services and actions, but also improved health and well-being overall.”

Monday, 6 March 2017

Dr Mike Kennedy, MBE (1948-2017)

It is with great sadness that we report the unexpected death of GTDT's Chair, Mike Kennedy, after a period of illness. He was 68.

Mike joined the board of GTDT in 1997, while he was Senior Lecturer in Business at John Moores University. He immediately took to the challenges of the third sector and was soon one of our most active directors during a difficult period of transition.

Mike was Chair of the Trust for most of the 20 years he served GTDT, always ensuring that board meetings were focussed yet light-hearted - with frequent references to Monty Python.

During those earlier years it was often Mike's incisive intervention that kept well-meaning fellow directors from taking the organisation in the wrong direction. His light-touch support for GTDT's senior management was consistent and absolute.

After he retired, Mike was able to spend more of his time helping to steer GTDT as well as on his other voluntary commitments. His unstinting service to the voluntary sector was recognised in the Queen's 2014 New Year's Honours, when he was appointed an MBE.

Mike, who is truly irreplaceable, will be greatly missed by everyone at GTDT.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Learn To Be Safe

On 24 February at our breakfast morning we have special guest from the Police Community Engagement Unit. The kids were very excited to meet with Bobby, a mascot from the Police and to learn about the importance to have trust in the Police, to be safe in your family and in your community.

Children tried the police uniform and equipment.

They understand if they want in the future to have a career in Police that they can have the support to receive all the information and advice about this and also to start a volunteer programme in the Police.

The Merseyside Police Volunteer Cadet Scheme provides an opportunity for young people aged 16 - 18 to get involved in an exciting one-year programme, which has been designed to develop key life skill. The engagement of police in this area is the first step to build a beautiful and safe community and to build a relationship with the children.