Monday, 16 November 2020

A Message from St Bedes

 We are very grateful to Granby Toxteth Development Trust for providing the food market ministry in the church with hygiene packs .

We have been able to distribute the packs to people who are experiencing real challenges in obtaining the basic necessities of food and hygiene for themselves and their families. This act of kindness reminds people in our parishes that the church and local organisations like GTDT care about the challenges they face and willingly do what they can to assist them during these difficult times.

In addition GTDT have delivered hygiene packs directly to residents at home who were unable to attend St Bedes to collect the packs due to mobility limitations which illustrates their commitment to inclusivity. 


Monday, 9 November 2020

Riverview Development Trust and Upper Hill Street planted up

This week GTDT have been out planting up the new raised beds to the front of both of these centres.

They have been planted with Heathers, primroses, Violas and spring bulbs of Tulips and Daffs.

Looking forward to seeing the display in Spring.

Red Cross

Met up with Peter and Beth from the Red Cross today to explain and share our initiative involving  Clothes Rail and  pre-loved clothes at Riverview Development Trust. They were overwhelmed and amazed with the generosity of the community who donate to ourselves on a weekly basis. Peter and Beth left with a car load of clothes destined to help out a number of families in the Liverpool region.

Peter-"We have lots of requests from individuals and families who have no clothes other than the ones that they are wearing. Winter is coming and the request for warm clothes is in high demand . This generous donation will certainly help a number of families to keep warm this winter . A big thank you for peoples kindness and thoughtfulness"

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Traditional Romanian Cabbage Rolls (Sarmale)

Today our lovely colleague, Marcela, makes for us a video of cooking her favorite recipe "Sarmale".
She tells us that is not only is her favorite recipe but all the Roma love this dish.

"Try it and it will be also your favorite meal" said Marcela confidently.

We will let you note the ingredients and see in the video how you can make a nice traditional Romanian dish. 

  • 1 lb. ground pork (beef or even chicken/turkey could also be used, but pork is traditional)
  • 1/2 cup regular white rice (don’t use quick cooking rice, also brown and wild rice will take too long to cook)
  • 1/2 cup diced white or yellow onion (cut into small pieces)
  • 1/4 cup tightly packed, minced fresh dill
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, finely minced (you can use any garlic that was in the brine with the cabbage heads)
  • 1 15-ounce can chopped tomatoes, pureed and divided into 3/4 cup and 1 cup amounts (pureed fresh tomatoes can also be used)
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, plus more for the pot
  • salt/pepper to taste (optional)
  • 1-2 heads fermented or fresh green cabbage (the amount needed will depend on their size and the number of usable leaves)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • Up to 2 quarts very hot chicken or pork stock

Tuesday, 3 November 2020



 We  delivered over fifty large goody bags to our families who usually take part in our  kids half term activities . Besides some lovely treats we also included a pumpkin and some items that would help to make Halloween within the home a memorable experience . We also set the young people a challenge of sending in  pics of their Halloween pumpkins . The winner to be announced shortly as we have had such a good response 

 Anne " the kids were overjoyed with their parcels.... kept them busy "

Sharon "so much food thank you for making the half term at home with my family so enjoyable "