22 August 2016

Danish Visit

This morning we entertained and talked with a number of Danish Politicians and Local Government Officers from the city of Gladsaxe in Denmark who are visiting Liverpool looking at the cultural diversity of the city. They were interested of how we engage and work with all the different organisations in the L8 area. They were particularly interested in the number of different cultures we work alongside.

After their visit here at Granby Toxteth they were taking a tour with Joe Farrag around the Four Streets in L8 and finding out more about the regeneration that has occured there over the last couple of years. I found the visit really interesting listening and learning about how other cities in Europe develop their Cultural and Educational resources.

17 August 2016

St Bedes Family Fun day

Yesterday we had great fun at St Bedes Family fun day. We were making paper flowers out of crepe paper, giving away lavender and herb plants and also doing some recycling puzzles and of course face painting.

12 August 2016

Cullen Street Community Family Activity

 On a very wet and cold Thursday Merseycare and Granby Toxteth came together to raise awareness of the services and  activities we both provide . Despite the weather there was a fantastic atmosphere with over hundred people attending . This was the first time we had worked with Mersey care and due to the success of the day we are know planning our next event .

02 August 2016

Fabulous turnout for the National Garden Scheme open day!

Sunday 31 July was a fabulous day for the National Garden Scheme Open Day.

Around 220 visitors came along to one if not all of the 6 local gardens and L8LS directly supported 27 local people to attend.

Councillor Laura Robertson-Collins gave us the following summary of the day at Fern Grove Community Garden:

"NGS - it was a fabulous day at the National Gardens Scheme Open Day on Sunday. Hundreds of people visited some or all of the gardens open in our area (inc QBG, Refugees support, etc). Over 200 came to Fern Grove Garden, inc a big crowd to view the bee-keeping demonstration at 2pm.  It was a lovely day for being in the garden, sun shining all day. At FGG we had a BBQ with good value food cooked by Cllr Roberts, and samples of food made from local produce, inc sorrel soup (thanks to Viginija); 

Bee -keeping experts available all day - selling honey (a total sell-out!) and introducing people to apiary (courtesy of Martin swift and colleagues) with full demo of hive attracting lots of interest; and children's activities - thanks to Sarah McCollough.

Lots of people also took info on the L8LS project and asked about the way the community garden was set up and is run (cooperatively and very informally is the answer).

Special thanks to Terry Melbourne and Conal Devitt for much of the NGS day organisation. As local councillors it is a pleasure to support activity that so positively promotes our Lodge Lane and wider Greenbank area..."

01 August 2016

Lunch with the Nigerian Elders

Dorcas who organises these lunches in Toxteth Town Hall kindly invited me to share a meal with the Elders and chat to them about work that we are involved with here around the L8LS project. For this session we looked at the food and the growing side of the project. Everyone had a tale to tell about their success and disaster stories around growing. We had a really good laugh sharing those experiences.

To encourage the Elders to think about growing I handed out different types of herbs with Lavender being the most popular in the group. It was clear that the group had a wide knowledge of herbs in their cooking already.

As we waited for our lunch to be served, we all took part in a gardening word search . It ended up being very competitive but I declared everyone a winner for taking such an interest and showing so much enthusiasm. I promised I would be back after their summer break to look how we can work together to improve energy efficiency around the home.