Monday, 19 March 2018

Fun, Food and Laughter.

The third Thursday of the month came around very quickly and it was time for me to pay a visit to the Community Lunch at St Bede's which is part of the Agnes Woodford Project.

Joe, the resident bingo caller, was away this month and although is unique style was missed a last minute volunteer more than made up for Joe's absence. Lin, a regular at the Lunch Club had the crowd in stitches with her quick witted calling style she had us captivated and more than lifted our spirits.

As well as the fab bingo prizes donated from the public, I was able to take with me some more clothes. During my last visit it was clear that coats where very popular and in great need, so this time I came prepared with plenty more, as well some smart jackets more suitable for the spring time. Again they proved to be very popular and it was a privilege to see so many smiles! 

There was also lots of great feed back from those who took home snugly bed clothes from the last Lunch Club. One lady told me how the house coat she received last month had helped to relieve her from back pain.   
Already I'm counting down the days until the next Lunch Club and am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The Greatest Wealth Is Health

Spent yesterday with a number of the team undergoing a training session with PSS ( Person Shaped Support ) organised through Cllr Laura  Robertson Collins funded by CCG around the benefits of self care within our community. Through this training we were made  more aware of how we can encourage and support  each other to look after our Health .We are now Health Activators and one of the ways we can apply ourselves is being able to monitor blood pressure for our colleagues out in the community.Look out for our up and coming events and come along,and join in and find out more how we can work together in improving our Healthiness in the community.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Holy Family School Case Study

Yesterday I received a lovely email from Dawn who is the Holy Family schools Family liaison officer.

We have been working together for quite some time, infact we got chatting last summer when I popped down to the school to talk to the head mistress about the school garden, so really it was just by chance that Dawn and I got chatting and it was about the same time that Dawn was starting to run her freebie Fridays. She started the freebie Fridays when she identified families in severe hardship and had found that some children and families are going without warm food of a weekend  and some children do not have any school uniforms.

So that is when GTDT got involved.

We managed to get free school uniforms from a local supplier Fitwell, we offered energy and money matters advice, gave away pre loved clothing, parcelled up toiletry and nappy bags, gave out veg bags and slow cookers, organised craft session for parents so that they are able to make and sell their crafts at half term fairs to raise money for their group and every fortnight someone from the team goes along to the Freebie Friday to see if there is anything else that we can help with.

I have asked Dawn permission to attach the case study, so here you go.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

International Womens Day

Metal based at Edge Hill Station ( ) in conjunction with Artichoke  organised through ourselves  a fun workshop of banner making down at Riverside Development Trust celebrating a hundred years since Women were given the right to vote.The finished  banner  completed by a number of different community groups
will be made to represent women of Liverpool for a mass procession event in London in June. Find out more information by visiting

Soft Skills at Grubby Hands

After meeting all of the amazing new growers at Grubby Hands last week Mike and I have decided on some soft skills sessions which will give the new growers confidence in growing.
The session will be comprised of 6 sessions which will run fortnightly and they will include:
  • Planning and preparing your patch
  • Composting and Mulching
  • Common pests and diseases
  • Visit to an established community garden
  • Afternoon tea 
  • Site BBQ
The group will also receive free RHS Open Garden day tickets in summer and will also receive a selection of seeds.

If you know of a group who could also do with our soft skill sessions, please get in touch.
organic vegetable gardening