Monday, 19 February 2018

Watch this space

We had our first site visit to the alleyways of Ritson and Asbridge Street on Friday. There's certainly lots of work to be done. We discussed some good ideas about how best to move forward, such as regular litter picks and a questionnaire. But most importantly we at Granby Toxteth feel passionately about working hard together with residents and Liverpool City Council to transform this space.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Keeping warm with blankets, soup and smiles!

Once again I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon at the Community Lunch in St Bedes yesterday.

Lots of us braved the biting wind to join each other for some delicious homemade soup and some bus route inspired bingo! It was lots of fun!

However it was even more enjoyable being able to give away some more beautiful blankets, handmade from recycled wool.
I was also able to put lots of smiles on peoples faces by gifting them with lots of warm nightclothes.

There where even some coats to give away, all thanks to the kind donations we receive at Granby Toxteth Development Trust.

The majority of the people who come to the Community
Lunch are residents of supported living accommodation in the local area. Most of these residents are very isolated from the community due to disabilities such as dementia.

Once a month their amazing carers bring them along to St Bedes so that they can socialise and have fun. Other members of the local community can join in too and that's the most important part, those who are some of the most isolated in our community are able to come out of their homes and mingle with the rest of us.

This is all thanks to the hard work of Sue and Joe from the Liverpool Citizens Advocacy team based at St Bedes, not to mention the talented volunteers who prepare all the lovely food. 

Yesterday, many of those who came where able to go home happier and warmer than when they arrived, I for one feel incredibly lucky to be apart of such a lovely event.
I can't wait for next month!

Monday, 12 February 2018

Community Litter Pick

On Saturday 10 February, myself and other residents from Ritson and Asbridge Street braved the weather and spent morning cleaning our streets.

There were seven volunteers who came to help with the litter pick and together we filled 8 bags of rubbish!

There was lots of interest from other residents who thought what we where doing was great and some of them where keen to get involved the next time round.

We even started to make plans for what to do next. We thought it would be a really good idea to transform one part of the alleyway into a green space, using recycled material to create furniture and planters.

It's still early days but with the enthusiasm that was shown last Saturday I think we could be on our way to making the area a healthier and happier place to live.

So thank you to each and everyone of the volunteers who came out to help on Saturday, they did a brilliant job!

Upper Warwick Street

The green-fingered residents of Upper Warwick Street are excited to get busy on the new raised beds that have been installed on their street.

The strip of land had been derelict for a number of years, with residents complaining of the litter thrown through the gates and the rodents making their home among the unsightly weeds that had taken over. Over the past few months, though, work has been undertaken to level the ground, scatter it with weed-suppressing mulch, and install raised beds so the locals can take part in horticultural activity and generally enjoy the space and make it their own as a community garden.

Over the next month or so we at GTDT are looking to get some soil in the beds as well as plants that are not only beautiful and good for pollinators but for us, too, helping us to pepper up our healthy salads or make rejuvenating, flavoursome tea!

The space gets quite a bit of sun throughout the day, so should be a nice little oasis for residents in the Summer. We can't wait for our invite!

Half Term Family Fun Day - Wednesday 14 February

Come along and join in our half term family fun day!