Thursday, 9 July 2020

The online growers

Since lockdown GTDT has had to shift how we deliver our learning projects but in true GTDT style we pulled together to deliver some great courses that we had never thought about before COVID-19.

Our online gardening course, the first of many I hope, has been so successful that we are getting more and more people enquiring about the next course.

Each week we have our weekly learning session using the online platform zoom, where we discuss and learn about the basics of making your garden a space to be proud of.

Each week our learners recieve resources to help them complete the course and so far they have recieved 2 gardening books . a mix of seeds, a seed tray, litmus paper, compost and a selection of growing plants and a weekly email with fun activities and many online resources that they can access.

If you would like to join our next growing course or any other courses from GTDT then just hit the link below.

Monday, 6 July 2020

Talking Tuesdays

Through out lock- down (fifteen weeks and counting) we have been keeping in touch with members of the community who have either been shielding or are currently isolating. We have named this activity Talking Tuesdays. A member of the local community contacted Granby Toxteth Development Trust and asked to volunteer to help out with these keeping in touch sessions. Katy has now been contacting individuals for a month.

"I am really happy to be involved in ringing people on a weekly basis who are living alone/ shielded and could do with some support. I did sign up for volunteering through NHS but nothing much happened. So I was very pleased to find out about GTDT and their Talking Tuesdays. As a former G,P I felt I had something to offer but as I am over seventy myself with various medical conditions I couldn't volunteer in other ways. It has been really positive speaking with people on the phone the last couple of weeks and I am amazed at how resilient people are. If I can help even a little bit that is great"

Thursday, 2 July 2020

The Eco Cleaning Fairies

Our lovely Eco Fairy, Eve
Since the arrival of Coronavirus we have had to change quite a few things to make our workplace 'Covid-compliant'. As part of this our Centre on Lodge Lane has been getting a regular deep clean by the lovely Eco Cleaning Fairies.

Eco Cleaning Fairies is a local cleaning company that uses all environmentally-safe products. We have been using them for a while because their environmental values chime with GTDT's. However, the Coronavirus emergency has presented them - and us - with some additional challenges.

Fortunately they have identified products which mean that they are still able to stick to their principles while providing the additional cleaning and disinfecting power which is essential to tackle the virus during these difficult times.

The cleaning regime is somewhat different and now includes regular cleaning of frequently-touched areas such as door handles and light switches.

Our Centre has never been so clean and fragrant!

Greening our local pubs

GTDT has been asked by Cllr Steve Munby from the Riverside ward, if we could get involved with helping some local pubs utilise the outside space to ensure that social distancing is still maintained when the pubs reopen on the 4th July.

GTDT are thrilled to be working with 6 local pubs, One of them being the Anglesea in Beresford Road (pictured above) and another 4 also in the Riverside ward and 1 in Princes Park ward.

We will be working along side these local community spirited pubs to help them make their green space an attractive outside seating area where the locals can sit and enjoy a pint in the company of others whilst maintaining the social distancing rules.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Be Free Campaign

We are working with the fabulous Be Free Campaign to try and help raise awareness and demolish the stigma behind mental health.

We will be including some of the bookmarks in the next batch of food & hygiene packs that will be sent out to all of our vulnerable and shielding recipients of the packs.