After a busy 2018, Christmas presented itself as a great opportunity for we at GTDT to share in the festive spirit and unwind with something to eat.
But there was another reason to celebrate... Our eldest volunteer, Eileen, celebrated her 70th birthday with us. She was very generous with her chocolate cake, too!
Eileen was not seated too far from our youngest volunteer, Chezney, who turned 18 over Christmas. We're very lucky to have both the youthful energy as well as experience and wisdom that our volunteers bring to what we do. Happy New Year!
Thursday, 13 December 2018
We had a catch up with the mums who children attend the above school recently during one of their get togethers. That particular session had a good range of bread and veg products available to the group. We met with the ladies looking at ideas of the type of activities they would like us to deliver get involved with when they meet up on a Friday. Many of the ladies were interested in health and well being and getting together learning new craft activities. We will certainly be getting more involved with the school and new activities in the New Year .
Tuesday, 11 December 2018
Friday, 7 December 2018
Wednesday 5 December 2018 was International Volunteers Day and as part of this year's celebration, the Mayor of Liverpool held a reception for local volunteers who act as Community Champions. We were delighted that 7 of the volunteers we work with at GTDT and Riverview Development Trust were recognised for their community volunteering and received a certificate of appreciation from the Lord Mayor.
Huge congratulations to Marguerita Gill, Caroline Finnerty, Natalie Gill, Ivan Freeman from GTDT and to Sharon O'Reilly, Ann Conroy and Nikita Balal from Riverview Development Trust and a massive THANK YOU for all your hard work and dedication!
International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2018, “Volunteers build Resilient Communities”, recognises volunteers worldwide – with a special focus on local community volunteers and #IVD2018 focuses on the values of volunteerism through the appreciation of local volunteers, including the marginalised groups and women, who make up nearly 60 per cent of volunteers worldwide, and their impact on building #ResilientCommunities.
Thursday, 6 December 2018
Winter presents a nice opportunity to carry out some jobs in the garden that might have been neglected while enjoying flowers and harvesting delicious fruit and veggies in summer and autumn. One of these is a good, thorough weeding!
At Riverview Development Trust there is a set of raised beds which have hosted mint, potatoes, herbs and a lovely summer bedding display earlier this year. Whilst getting these clear, we've been studying our seed catalogues and it's getting us excited about what we might be planting next year!
We've got some long-standing lavender, which we're keeping as it smells great and is beloved by the local Dingle bees. What do you think we should plant?
Riverview Development Trust hosts many community and children's groups, such as the Scouts, who did such a great job in gardening last year that the famous Riverview cornflowers seem to want to stick around and brave the cold even as we retreat indoors. Doing us proud with that magnificent blue, there!